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The Great Train Robbery (1979)

The First Great Train Robbery (original title)
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
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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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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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In a 2011 BBC radio interview, Wayne Sleep (Clean Willy) told how he was asked by director Michael Crichton to climb a 60ft wall. Sleep's response was "I'm an actor, not a stunt man". When Crichton explained that they had not been able to find a stunt man small enough (Sleep is 5'2"), Sleep made the climb anyway. 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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Referenced in A Stranger in the Kingdom (1999) See more »

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Champagne Charlie
Music by Alfred Lee with lyrics by George Leybourne
Heard on violin offstage in bordello
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'The First Great Train Robbery' is about a quite impossible mission in Victorian underworld... It is about 25,000 pounds in gold bars placed in strongboxes and taken by armed security guards to the railway station...

'The First Great Train Robbery' is about the fastest pickpocket you'll ever see, a suave and daring gentleman who never tells the truth… It is also about a bunch crooks that can steal your heart with the company of a fascinating disguised mistress who suspects that her father breaks his own regulation for each morning of the shipments...

'The First Great Train Robbery' chronicles the grandeur and hypocrisy at all levels of England during the Victorian Era, and proves that the cleverness and prowess of a criminal mastermind is elevated to heroic status...

With excellent photography of Ireland beautiful countryside, and great music score by Jerry Goldsmith, plus the costumes and sets, Michael Crichton's movie gives train heist's fans the pleasure to enjoy a very entertaining period thriller…


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