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The Great Train Robbery -- (1966) Horst Tappert, Hans Cossy, Gunther Neutze. This is a fascinating rendition of the true life story of the famous British train robbery from 1963. It is told in an almost documentary style from the point of view of the robbers. Offbeat, but very interesting. From 16mm.


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Michael Crichton (screenplay)
Michael Crichton (novel)
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Release Date:
2 February 1979 (USA) See more »
Never have so few taken so much from so many.
In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Gold | Key | Safe | Train | Bank
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Connery ... Pierce

Donald Sutherland ... Agar

Lesley-Anne Down ... Miriam
Alan Webb ... Trent
Malcolm Terris ... Fowler
Robert Lang ... Sharp

Michael Elphick ... Burgess
Wayne Sleep ... Clean Willy

Pamela Salem ... Emily Trent

Gabrielle Lloyd ... Elizabeth Trent
George Downing ... Barlow
James Cossins ... Harranby
John Bett ... McPherson
Peter Benson ... Station Despatcher
Janine Duvitski ... Maggie
Brian de Salvo ... Trent's Butler (as Brian De Salvo)

André Morell ... Judge (as Andre Morell)
Donald Churchill ... Prosecutor
Brian Glover ... Captain Jimmy
Noel Johnson ... Connaught
Peter Butterworth ... Putnam
Patrick Barr ... Burke
Hubert Rees ... Lewis
Agnes Bernelle ... Woman on Platform
Frank McDonald ... P.C. London Bridge Station
Joe Cahill ... Rail Guard
Cecil Nash ... Chaplain
Susan Hallinan ... Emma Barnes
Oliver Smith ... Ratting Assistant
John Altman ... First Pickpocket
Paul Kember ... Second Pickpocket
Geoff Ferris ... Third Pickpocket
Jenny Till ... Woman on Strand
Craig Stokes ... Urchin on Strand
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brooke Adams ... (uncredited)
Donald Hewlett ... Club Member (uncredited)
Nuala Holloway ... Call Girl (uncredited)
Geoffrey Unsworth ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Crichton 
Writing credits
Michael Crichton (screenplay)

Michael Crichton (novel)

Produced by
John Foreman .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth 
Film Editing by
David Bretherton 
Peter Elliott 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
Production Design by
Maurice Carter 
Art Direction by
Bert Davey 
Costume Design by
Anthony Mendleson 
Makeup Department
Elaine Bowerbank .... hair stylist
Basil Newall .... makeup artist
Production Management
Al Burgess .... production manager
Jack Phelan .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Carreras .... second assistant director
Gerry Gavigan .... second assistant director
Anthony Waye .... assistant director
Dick Ziker .... action director
Art Department
Jim Morahan .... chief draughtsman
Joe Nevin .... property buyer
Ron Quelch .... property buyer
George Richardson .... assistant art director
Hugh Scaife .... set dresser
Vic Simpson .... construction manager
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Derek Ball .... sound mixer
Chris Barnes .... dubbing editor
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer (as Gerry Humphries)
Vernon Messenger .... dubbing editor
Terry Poulton .... dubbing editor
Liam Saurin .... sound mixer: Ireland (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Gerry Johnston .... special effects (uncredited)
Ian Wingrove .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Campbell .... focus puller
Gordon Hayman .... camera operator
Brandon Apps .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebecca Breed .... wardrobe mistress
Richard Pointing .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Norma Hazelden .... post-production secretary
Music Department
Michael Clifford .... music editor
Gordon Langford .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Arthur Dunne .... transportation manager
John King .... unit driver
Other crew
Ron Allday .... production accountant
Patti Calhoun .... secretary to director
Dino De Laurentiis .... presenter
Reg Dent .... horse master
Sue Edwards .... secretary to producer
Don Geraghty .... location manager
Derrick Norwood .... assistant accountant
Loretta Ordewer .... production secretary
Jean Skinner .... continuity
Geoffrey Unsworth .... this film is dedicated to the memory of: his friends miss him
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"The First Great Train Robbery" - UK (original title)
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110 min
Black and White (sepia colour) | Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
Dolby | Dolby (as Dolby Sound)
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario - 2006) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:6 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:15 (video rating) (cut) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (cut) | USA:PG (DVD/Blu-Ray Rating) | USA:PG (certificate #25484) | West Germany:12 (f)

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When she saw the movie, Sean Connery's wife Micheline was furious at him for doing his own dangerous stunt work on top of the train.See more »
Continuity: During the robbery sequence, the telegraph line beside the track appears and disappears.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...
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30 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
The Great Gold Heist of 1855, 31 December 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

With Mission Impossible like precision, Sean Connery, Lesley Anne Down, and Donald Sutherland pull off The First Great Train Robbery, years before Jesse James did it in the American West.

Of course holding up a train with a dozen masked bandit confederates doesn't equal the near precision complexity that it took to steal gold bullion off a train by three men in stealth. Connery is the mastermind of the scheme and he plays Edward Pierce with the usual charm we've come to associate with Connery.

It was interesting how Connery gets the idea for the heist in your typical Englishman's club with at least one of the responsible parties for the gold in that very room. The other club members know him as a retired industrialist who seems rather well fixed and comfortable. If they only knew the real source of his comfort.

Lesley Anne Down may have given her career performance here as Connery's girl friend. Their scenes fairly crackle with witty repartee and sexual innuendo. Down is certainly not above using her sex to help in the robbery. In fact the first part of the plan which took about a year in preparation was to get duplicates of four keys that unlock the safe on the train where the bullion is transported. She compromises one of the key custodians in a Victorian bordello which is the film's humor highlight.

Donald Sutherland is the safecracker friend of Connery's enlisted for the caper. He gets the dirtiest details of the caper. In fact the authorities get wind of some kind of plan in the works and Connery has to make some last minute adjustments to his plan. The adjustments call for Sutherland to get into the car in a coffin with a dead cat for odorous effect. What some won't do for money. Sutherland handles the whole thing quite well.

Connery has the dangerous part of the caper which calls for him to go from front to back on a moving train. Those sequences according to the Films of Sean Connery were shot in Ireland which better represented the look of rural 1855 England. I was stunned to learn that Connery himself did the stunts. Sean admitted himself that it was the most dangerous business he ever undertook for any film. What some will do for the sake of art.

The First Great Train Robbery is a stylish caper film set in Victorian Great Britain and the film really captures the look and manner of the period. One of Sean Connery's best films, definitely worth a look.

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