Buster (1988)

R  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Comedy  |  23 November 1988 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephanie Lawrence ...
Franny Reynolds
Ellie Beaven ...
Nicky Edwards
Michael Attwell ...
Christopher Ellison ...
Mrs. Rothery
Inspector Jack Mitchell
Clive Wood ...
Sergeant Chalmers
Sir James McDowell
Harold Innocent ...
Justice Parry


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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year 1963 | 1960s | train | robbery | heist | See All (78) »


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Release Date:

23 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Grande Golpada  »

Box Office


$540,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The real-life Buster Edwards committed suicide on November 29, 1994. He was 62. See more »


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 »


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 »


Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »


A Groovy Kind of Love
Performed by Phil Collins
Composed by Toni Wine
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Courtesy of EMI Music
Published by (c) 1965 Screengems-EMI Music Inc.
Sub-published by Screengems-EMI Music Ltd.
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a stinker
4 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

the main body of this movie is Julie Walters moaning to leave Mexico and wanting to go home to England.

The rest seems to be about what a wonderful chap Buster (Phil Collins) was and glosses over the facts of the robbery (and assault).

That really is all there is to this piece of garbage.

The soundtrack is the only redeeming feature and then only if you were a Phil Collins fan.

This film is probably why his acting career didn't do much after this.

If you can get this free on the front of a newspaper then by all means watch it but otherwise avoid.

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