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A Man, a Woman and a Bank (1979)

The two least likely bank robbers in the known universe plan and execute... kind of... the ultimate heist.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Halperin
Stacey Bishop
Norman Barrie
Allan Kolman ...
Peter (as Allan Magicovsky)
Kung-Wu Huang ...
Mr. Tsang (as Tony Lee)
Campbell Lane ...
Citation Cop (as Cam Lane)
Terence Kelly ...
Bank Manager (as Terry Kelly)
Nicholas Rice ...
Fernando Antunes ...
Agency Art Director
Denise Grant ...
Agency Assistant
Tibbi Landers ...
Photographic Model #1
Sharon Spurrell ...
Photographic Model #2
Annette Marie Dupuis ...
Photographic Model #3
Robert Forsythe ...
Shipping Clerk


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The Push-Button Gang... it was their first and last job.


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Release Date:

19 November 1979 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

A Very Big Withdrawal  »

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Film was partially funded by McNichol, a production company formed by teenage actress Kristy McNichol, her manager-mother Carollyne and their representatives. This is the only film the McNichol team produced. See more »


Referenced in Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010) See more »


When You Smile At Me
Lyrics by Dan Hill
Music by Bill Conti
Performed by Dan Hill
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A pleasant surprise
7 September 2016 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

A lighthearted heist movie with a lot going for it. First of all, the chemistry between Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams is terrific. He plays criminal master mind Reese who's planning to break into a new bank, which is just being built in downtown Vancouver. While stealing the plans to the building he's accidentally photographed by Stacey (Adams). He looks her up, trying to get the negatives, and he falls in love. This puts a little bit of strain on his relationship with his partner in crime Norman, beautifully played by Paul Mazursky.

Almost everything in this film has a relaxed feel to it. Conflicts are mostly resolved rather quickly and the story just sort of breezes along, with beautiful Vancouver locations. There are a couple of suspenseful scenes, when Reese and Norman are nearly caught, but mostly this is not about the heist itself, but more about the people who perpetrate it. As a comedy it offers no outlandish gags, but there are a lot of wonderful scenes, most of them involving Norman being a nervous wreck or Adams being way too cute.

I thought it was a very pleasant surprise.

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