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The Great Train Robbery (1979)
"The First Great Train Robbery" (original title)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Crime, Drama  |  2 February 1979 (USA)
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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:
Alan Webb ...
Malcolm Terris ...
Robert Lang ...
Wayne Sleep ...
Clean Willy
Emily Trent
Elizabeth Trent
George Downing ...
James Cossins ...
John Bett ...
Peter Benson ...
Station Despatcher
Janine Duvitski ...


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 <>

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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 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 »


Two songs heard in the brothel scene, "Champagne Charlie" and ""Pretty Polly Perkins of Paddington Green", were first published in the 1860s, nearly 10 years after the events in the film. See more »


[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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Referenced in Murder, She Wrote: The Great Twain Robbery (1990) See more »


I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
Music by Michael William Balfe
Lyrics by Alfred Bunn (1843)
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Excellent Crime Movie
18 October 1999 | by (Cleveland, OH, USA) – See all my reviews

I like heist flicks, and this is the best I've seen so far. It's got great suspense as the crew of thieves (led by the incomparable Sean Connery) makes intricate plans and patiently prepares for the big day, changing and adapting the plan as needed to cope with unexpected obstacles. There is little in the way of sub-plots; virtually all of the action and plot is part of The Plan. The Victorian setting is great; you start to wonder where Jeremy Brett (as Sherlock Holmes) is, and when he's going to catch these crooks.

I'm a little puzzled by the category of "action/comedy." I'd say this was firmly in the "crime" category, and no other.


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