This movie is based on the story of Buster Edwards, one of the thieves involved in "The Great Train Robbery" of 1963.

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Storyline

Buster is a small time crook who pulls a big time job. When he finds that the police will not let the case drop, he goes into hiding and can't contact his wife and child. He arranges to meet them in Mexico where he thinks they can begin again, but finds that he must choose between his family and freedom. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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23 November 1988 (USA)  »

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A Grande Golpada  »

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$540,000 (USA)
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The real-life Buster Edwards committed suicide on November 29, 1994. He was 62. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scenes, when Buster walks off wearing a new suit he has just stolen, a Vespa P range motor scooter is visible. That model was introduced in 1977. See more »

Quotes

Buster Edwards: [Buster, Bruce and Harry worries about the police has found their hide-out] We're gonna get famous now. More popular than Christine Keeler AND the Beatles!
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Crazy Credits

Buster Edwards never got the deal he hoped for. On the 9th December 1966 he was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for conspiring to rob Her Majesty's Royal Mail Train. See more »

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Referenced in The Big Box: To the Devil a Daughter (2009) See more »

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Nellie Dean
Composed by Harry Armstrong
(c)1905 M. Witmark & Sons
Sub-published by B. Feldman & Co. Ltd.
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So so. The 1963 Great Train Robbery
25 November 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have waited long enough to comment about this film about the 1963 Great Train Robbery. The reconstructed scenarios of the 1960s era may be good and Phil Collins as one of the robbers and flower seller Ronald "Buster" Edwards is quite good while Larry Lamb looks almost strikingly like gang leader Bruce Reynolds in this rather underrated film. Of course, if its underrated then its not hard to understand the reason why because controversially, the film has some criticism for glorifying on what remains the biggest robbery in criminal history for £2.5 million was a lot for its time. Worst, the train driver Jack Mills sustained head injuries in the ambush attack and never recovered from his ordeal therefore dying six years later from leukaemia. These men were just criminals and do not deserved to be praised like this on film with most of them returning to their lives of crime and Buster Edwards does not "steal your heart". Yet it now seems to be that many years after the robbery, most of the gang members have long since disappeared just like most of the money and in 1994, a depressed Buster Edwards hanged himself in a disused garage near London's Waterloo Station where he traded as a flower seller.


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