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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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Franny Reynolds
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Nicky Edwards
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Harry
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Mrs. Rothery
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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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year 1963 | 1960s | train | robbery | heist | See All (78) »

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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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Trivia

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 By the time this film was made, D326 had been withdrawn from service and scrapped. Sister locomotive D306 (40106), which was also withdrawn but had been preserved by enthusiasts on the Great Central Railway near Loughborough, was used in the robbery sequence, filmed on the locomotive's home ground on the GCR. See more »

Goofs

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

June Edwards: [when discussing buying a house worth £3,000] You could get a mortgage like other people!
Buster Edwards: Do what?
June Edwards: Borrow it from a bank.
Buster Edwards: Well, I *do* borrow from banks, that is my job.
June Edwards: I mean with their permission
Buster Edwards: I thought you needed a reference to do that,
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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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Let It Be Me
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Written by Gilbert Bécaud, Delanoe & Curtis
Courtesy of Warner Bros Records Inc. by arrangement with Warner Special Products
Published by MCA Music Ltd.
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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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