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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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 (74) »

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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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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 »

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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

[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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: Deep Throat (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweets For My Sweet
Performed by The Searchers
Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Courtesy of Precision Records & Tapes Ltd.
Published by Carlin Music Corp.
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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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