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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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gold | key | safe | train | bank | See All (177) »

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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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Trivia

The method in which Henry Fowler's key is copied was changed for the film. In the book, Henry Fowler contracts syphilis and, because a rumored cure is to have intercourse with a virgin, has intercourse with a twelve-year-old (presumably virgin) prostitute (in Victorian times, the age of consent for females was twelve), in the course of which his key is abstracted and copied. For comic effect and so as not to depict child sex/pornography, the plot is changed in the screenplay to have Pierce set Fowler up with Miss Miriam (disguised as a high-class prostitute), copy his key while she is disrobing him and then fake a police raid on the bordello before Fowler can even get her undressed. See more »

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High platforms near the train's floor level were not used in British stations until about 1870. 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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Nice Period Piece For A Heist Flick
28 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow, this is a wonderfully-filmed movie that especially looked good since it was one of the first DVDs I purchased a decade ago. Rich colors and good period detail of 19th century England made it visually attractive. However, the picture was too grainy. I hope someone has re-issued this and given it the transfer it deserves.

Beware that it takes quite awhile before the actual holdup takes place. This is almost a two-hour film and they build up slowly to famous heist. However, I didn't find any of it boring. This is rated PG but there are quite of bit of sexual innuendos early on by Connery as he woos Lesley-Ane Down. Other than that, it's a pretty tame film. Donald Sutherland adds a touch a touch of humor here and there as he and Connery pull off the suspenseful heist....and it is suspenseful.

Connery trying to maneuver on top of the train was a highlight, as was the "whooshing" sound of the train each time it passed under a bridge. The stereo in here is very good for a film almost 30 years old.


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