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 ...
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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 <>

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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?


In Phil Collins' biography "Not Dead Yet" he says plans were for him to wear a prosthetic nose in the first few scenes before it was removed. This was to reflect the real-life Buster's plastic surgery to change his appearance after his crimes. Producers eventually abandoned the idea after rehearsals began. 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 »


[last lines]
Buster Edwards: [addressing the audience. He is now a florist near Waterloo Bridge, several years after his release in 1980] You know, I've still got that dream...
June Edwards: [overhearing him, with a cup of hot chocolate] Buster, don't start that again!
Buster Edwards: No, dear
Buster Edwards: Well, I know it's still there.
[Buster and June walk off chatting about seeing their daughter Nikki who is now adult, and Buster looks at the camera, and his face is framed onto an envelope, when the credits start]
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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 »


References The Saint (1962) See more »


Goin' Loco Down in Acapuclo
Performed by The Four Tops
Written by Lamont Dozier / Phil Collins
Courtesy of Hit & Run Music Ltd./Buster Films Ltd.
Published by Philip Collins Ltd./Hit & Run Music (Publishing) Ltd./Warner Brothers Music
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Really Popular Movie When Released
5 January 2005 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

This movie was a big hit at the cinema when it was first released and then again as a video rental....Those were the days! The soundtrack was also a big hit and most of the songs were chart hits on the back of the movie, and not just the Phil Collins songs who was at the height of his popularity as a solo artist at the time. The story and movie itself is far from being as bad as some of the reviews here make out, its an upbeat movie for the most part and still watchable. Phil Colins can act, although he hasn't really had the chance to show that in very many roles since. The fact that you could pick this movie up free on DVD recently with a newspaper and if you missed that offer can pop into any Poundland in the UK and pick it up for a pound (on a double bill with Diamond of Jeru) I'd recommend you looking it up...even only if its to hear that great soundtrack again..5/10

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