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The Great Train Robbery (1978)

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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Cast

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Alan Webb ...
Trent
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Fowler
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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
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Harranby
John Bett ...
McPherson
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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) »

Taglines:

Never have so few taken so much from so many.


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Release Date:

2 February 1979 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$391,942 (USA) (4 February 1979)

Gross:

$13,027,857 (USA)
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(sepia colour)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of two 1978-1979 theatrical movies set in Victorian England for Donald Sutherland. The other was Murder by Decree (1979). See more »

Goofs

At c. 80 minutes the guard remarks that the run between Redhill and Ashford is the fastest part of their journey. This is perfectly correct. Although Redhill (in Surrey) is on a completely different railway line from Ashford (in Kent), the original railway to Folkestone went this way and this was the route until the South East Mainline was built, in 1868, a decade after this film was set. (And Redhill to Ashford is a very straight, flat and fast route.) See more »

Quotes

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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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Connections

Referenced in Backseat (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
(uncredited)
Music by Michael William Balfe
Lyrics by Alfred Bunn (1843)
Heard on violin offstage in bordello
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User Reviews

 
Quite exciting...

'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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