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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Writer-director Michael Crichton once said of this film: "My dream was that the historical world was going to be lovingly recreated and then I was going to shoot The French Connection (1971) inside it". See more »


At c. 80 minutes the Guard remarks that the run between Redhill and Ashford is the fastest part of their journey. However, Redhill (in Surrey) is on a completely different railway line from Ashford (in Kent). 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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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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