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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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Director:
Writers:
Michael Crichton (screenplay)
Michael Crichton (novel)
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Release Date:
2 February 1979 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Never have so few taken so much from so many.
Plot:
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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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Fun to watch See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (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
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
 
Thanks
Geoffrey Unsworth .... this film is dedicated to the memory of: his friends miss him
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The First Great Train Robbery" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
110 min
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Color:
Black and White (sepia colour) | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby | Dolby (as Dolby Sound)
Certification:
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 (certificate #25484) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Michael Crichton had his hair catch fire when the steam locomotive he was filming from spewed burning embers.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When looking at the mansion from the outside, you see lights coming on through the windows as a person is running from room to room in the middle of the night. These lights very rapidly come on as if someone is flipping electric switches. However the movie is set in 1855 England long before electric lights.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Backseat (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sonata in D major K.448 for two pianos, 3rd movementSee more »

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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Fun to watch, 27 May 2000

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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Surprised they haven't remade this yet. TheOtherOne79
Why did the acrobat climb the train station wall ? sherlock-37
Superb Lesley-Anne Down's nude scene. dhervas
Gold Bars? jimprideaux2
That 1855 train JackBluegrass
Love this film!! Loomis79
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