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