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Bellman and True (1987)

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Hiller, a computer expert, was bribed by group of bank robbers to obtain details of the security system at a newly-built bank. Having obtained the information, he thought he'd seen the last... See full summary »


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Hiller, a computer expert, was bribed by group of bank robbers to obtain details of the security system at a newly-built bank. Having obtained the information, he thought he'd seen the last of the robbers. But now they've traced him and his son to London. They hold the son hostage and force Hiller to decode the information about the alarm and then to take part in the robbery. Written by Anonymous

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They kidnapped his son. They forced him to steal 14 million dollars. Then they made their biggest mistake. They trusted him.


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

12 May 1989 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Bellman and True - Gangster wider Willen  »

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Box Office


$226,944 (USA)

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(3 episodes: TV) | (VHS/DVD)

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Did You Know?


The title is taken from the names of two fox-hounds mentioned in the lyrics of the 18th century ballad "Do Ye Ken John Peel", a song about fox-hunting. It is presumably a rather obscure allusion to the way that the bank robbers have hunted down Hiller and won't let him go again. See more »


When the robbers' Daimler Sovereign getaway car is first seen after the robbery, its two inner headlights are smashed and are not lit. A few seconds later, when the car drives through the greenhouses, those lights are unbroken and are lit. See more »


[the bank robbers keep deliberately triggering the alarm. Each time, the security guards come out to investigate. By the fourth time, they are very pissed-off]
Young Security Guard: I think they've got this alarm set up all wrong - it only warns you if the place is empty!
Security Sergeant: [on radio] Control? Mobile Alpha Charlie. It's official - it's a fuck-up.
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Crazy Credits

The end-credits are overlaid on a long drawing that scrolls sideways, depicting Hiller's and The Boy's plane as it leaves London, flies over the Atlantic and arrives at Rio. See more »


Remade as Firewall (2006) See more »

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Absolutely Fabulous
2 December 1999 | by (Minot, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

This was a surprise for me, since I bought it for 99 cents at the local supermarket's video sale. Bernard Hill gives a fantastic performance, and the suspense was unbearable. The heist is great, as is the direction. I cannot believe I have never heard of this before, but I sure will recommend it to anyone who likes crime, computer, and English films.

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