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Buster (1988)

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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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Stephanie Lawrence ...
Franny Reynolds
Ellie Beaven ...
Nicky Edwards
Michael Attwell ...
Harry
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Christopher Ellison ...
George
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Mrs. Rothery
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Inspector Jack Mitchell
Clive Wood ...
Sergeant Chalmers
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Sir James McDowell
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Poyser
Harold Innocent ...
Justice Parry
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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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Charming, lovable... and wanted for the crime of the century! See more »


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23 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Grande Golpada  »

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$540,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The train used in the film in the robbery sequences is not the Number 37 like that in the real Great Train Robbery, it is a (reconstructed) Number 40 train. The locomotive was not a 'Number 40' it was a 'class 40'. The reference to being a 'number 37' is incorrect (a 'class 37' locomotive is a lesser powered loco from the same builder. Proper details are given below: The locomotive on the train involved in the Great Train Robbery was an English Electric type 4, class 40, locomotive number D326 (later 40126). By the time the film Buster was made D326 had been withdrawn from service and scrapped. Sister locomotive D306 (40106) - which was also withdrawn but had been preserved by enthusiasts on the Great Central Railway near Loughborough - substituted in robbery sequence of the film, which was filmed on the locomotive's home ground on the GCR. See more »

Quotes

Buster Edwards: Rollin', rollin', rollin', rollin', ro-... BLAADY 'ELL!
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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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Soundtracks

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Surprisingly Entertaining
15 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I "boycotted" this film for a long time for two main reasons. Firstly i hate Phil Collins brand of smarmy music, and secondly ,glamourising a nasty crime by paying to see it was morally not something i was prepared to do.

Although i stand by my original two points i have to confess that i got it wrong about the film.It is an affectionate retrospective view of Sixties England and has a touch of the "Ealing Studios" about it. The "mechanics" of the robbery are glossed over, and Phil Collins does a pretty competent job " carrying" the film, ably supported by the versatile Julie Walters as his long suffering wife.

Crime doesn't pay, the main players get picked up pretty quickly, and those that don't are either getting ripped off themselves or are looking over their shoulder all the time, or both. The period touches are largely sharply observed, the contemporary soundtrack faithful and enjoyable, Collins "Two hearts" and the Four Tops "Acupolco" totally dis-resonant from proceedings.

Viewed as a piece of period fiction it is entertaining, pacey, light and humorous.As an insight into the Robbery, Edwards or the gang it is laughable.


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