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The Great Train Robbery (1978)
"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:
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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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$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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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 »

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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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Champagne Charlie
Music by Alfred Lee with lyrics by George Leybourne
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Fun to watch

This one is fun to watch as the thieves work an intricate plan to rob a train.

The performances are terrific, but the director and the late great Geoffrey Unsworth's delightful photography bring the Victorian Era back to life. The detail is wonderful in all the sets and surroundings.

The plot is very simple, the film is focused and I found myself rooting for the thieves!


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