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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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 film was later adapted for the stage, with numerous UK productions between 2000 and 2004. 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 The Big Box: Deep Throat (2010) See more »


Theme from Lawrence of Arabia
Composed by Maurice Jarre
licensed by Shapiro Bernstein & Co. Ltd.
licensed by Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc., for USA and Canada
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Extremely likable film about actual people and events
9 December 2006 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Buster (Phil Collins) is a petty thief with some skill. If he wants a new suit, he just breaks a store window and makes off with a mannequin. If the baby needs supplies, Buster sneaks into the chemist's at night and picks out what is needed. His wife June is getting a bit tired of this and would love to have a place of their own, not a rental. Therefore, Buster arranges a major train robbery (THE Great Train Robbery in the early sixties). The plot is almost successful but Buster does not remain anonymous and is a hunted man, post robbery. Will he ever see his family again? This is a very likable movie about an unlikely charmer. Buster does not want an honest job to support his family but one just can not help liking the guy. Collins is quite good as this amusing thief. Julie Walters, as his wife, is also sweet and attractive. The plot is amazing when one realizes these events actually took place. Part love story, part cat and mouse game, this film is a fun view. Anyone who sits down to Buster will be laughing in short order, leaving the sometimes somber world behind.

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