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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
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The dog used in the ratting scene was present for two scenes, one, in Ireland when the dog is picked up in front of Trent's house, and another back at Pinewood for the actual ratting scene. To avoid the mandatory six month quarantine for transporting animals between the two countries, the terrier was smuggled across the Irish Sea. See more »
While Pierce and Agar are in the cellar, they open a rusty gate, causing a noise that Ms. Trent, playing the piano in the parlor upstairs, plainly hears but John, the butler, could not, as he is outside giving directions to Pierce's girlfriend in the coach. However, when John returns to the parlor with the wine tray, Ms. Trent says, "John, would you check the cellar, please?" John then heads downstairs when he is stopped by the voice of Mr. Trent calling him. When he tells Mr. Trent he is in the cellar and Mr. Trent asks why, John replies, "Madam [Trent] felt she heard a noise." There is no way John could have known why Ms. Trent wanted him to check the cellar. See more »
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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"The Great Train Robbery" is based on a novel by Michael Crichton. It features the efforts of a band of three to rob gold kept in elaborate safes on a train leaving England to support the Crimean War. The film's costumes, elaborate sets and a score from Jerry Goldsmith are impeccable at creating a sense of Victorian England.
Sean Connery is charming as Edward Pierce, who leads the robbers. Donald Sutherland has a memorable role as Robert Agar, a top-rate thief and accomplice to Pierce. Lesley-Anne Down plays Miriam, Pierce's enchanting female companion who has no scruples about using her womanly charms.
The film follows the elaborate and interesting lengths that the gang must go to before they can even board the train. The elements of a great caper film are there: split-second decisions, tension and improvisations when plans go awry. The film also benefits from a lot of well-placed humor. "The Great Train Robbery" proves to remain interesting throughout the build up to and during the robbery.
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