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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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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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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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gold | key | safe | train | bank | See more »

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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 name of the financial institution was "The Huddleston & Bradford Bank". See more »

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If you look carefully, it's easy to see that the four keys requiring all of this work are just two pairs of duplicate keys - and, to any locksmith, it's obvious that the keys shown are for lever locks. Not only are they pretty easy to pick (even back then), the extensive waxing procedure shown to duplicate the keys wouldn't have been necessary - one side of the key is all that's needed for a copy. See more »

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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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"I wanted the money."
21 October 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"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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