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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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Alan Webb ...
Malcolm Terris ...
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Wayne Sleep ...
Clean Willy
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James Cossins ...
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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 <>

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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 film was entitled "The First Great Train Robbery" in England to distance it from the UK £2 million robbery from a mail train in 1963 which was known in the British press as "The Great Train Robbery". See more »


High platforms near the train's floor level were not used in British stations until about 1870. 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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'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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