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The Great Train Robbery (1978)
"The First Great Train Robbery" (original title)

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In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Alan Webb ...
Trent
Malcolm Terris ...
Fowler
Robert Lang ...
Sharp
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Burgess
Wayne Sleep ...
Clean Willy
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Emily Trent
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Elizabeth Trent
George Downing ...
Barlow
James Cossins ...
Harranby
John Bett ...
McPherson
Peter Benson ...
Station Despatcher
Janine Duvitski ...
Maggie
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Storyline

Sutherland and Connery wish to rob a moving train's safe in Victorian England. They need wax impressions of keys, coffins, dead cats, and a great deal of planning in order to pull it off. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Never have so few taken so much from so many.


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2 February 1979 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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The character of Clean Willy was played by one of Britain's premier ballet dancers, Wayne Sleep, from The Royal Ballet Company. He actually did his own stunts, including scaling the Newgate prison walls, at the tremendous risk of falling and hurting himself. See more »

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The Folkestone main line has always been double track. See more »

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[first lines]
Edward Pierce: [narration] In the year 1855, England and France were at war with Russia in the Crimea. The English troops were paid in gold. Once a month, twenty-five thousand pounds in gold was loaded into strongboxes inside the London bank of Huddleston and Bradford and taken by trusted armed guards to the railway station. The convoy followed no fixed route or timetable. At the station, the gold was loaded into the luggage van of the Folkestone train for shipment to the coast and from there to ...
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I Dreampt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
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Music by Michael William Baife
Lyrics by Michael Bumm (1843)
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Fun movie
10 May 2003 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

"The (First) Great Train Robbery" does have some notable weaknesses. The characters are a bit murky in their various backgrounds and motivations, and one player in the caper is given so little screentime that his few appearances become sudden and a bit confusing. There are also a few bad special effects. Plus, the last few minutes are a mess; they go by way too quickly, leave some obvious and unanswered questions, and an unsatisfying last scene.

But other than that, the movie is a lot of fun. The plot starts to unfold almost immediately, explains everything well, and leaves us to wonder just how they'll accomplish every new obstacle that comes up almost immediately after they got through the last one. It leads to a lot of variety, as well as plenty of action and suspense. As a bonus, there are some nice touches of humor that generally manage not to be overdone. I just wish MGM would have cleaned up the movie for its DVD release; it appears they just reused their old laser disc transfer.


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