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Fool's Gold: The Story of the Brink's-Mat Robbery (1992)

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A dramatized speculation of what happened in November 1983 when Micky McAvoy and some of his mates planned a heist and were surprised when they discovered they'd stumbled across a large ... See full summary »

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Trevor Byfield ...
Jimmy Kimpton
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George Jackos ...
The Brother
Sharon Maiden ...
Jackie McAvoy
Brian Croucher ...
Brian Robinson
David Cardy ...
Tony Black
Rob Spendlove ...
Coles
John Labanowski ...
Speed
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Roach
Stephen Frost ...
Bernie Clarke
Jeremy Child ...
Dep. Asst. Com. Brian Worth
Ronald Nunnery ...
Georgie Bishop
Eve Bland ...
Kathy
Michael Redfern ...
Det. Chief Supt. Brian Boyce
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A dramatized speculation of what happened in November 1983 when Micky McAvoy and some of his mates planned a heist and were surprised when they discovered they'd stumbled across a large stash of gold. But getting the gold away without getting caught is only the beginning of their troubles. Realizing the riches the gold represents is difficult, and honor among thieves may only be a myth. Written by Kathy Li

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Not bad at all!
4 February 2007 | by (San Diego, USA) – See all my reviews

I'm shocked that so few people have commented on this movie despite the fact it's available on DVD in Canada and the USA (according to IMDb). It was an ITV made for TV movie first broadcast in 1992 which I also believe has been screened on America's A&E cable network. The fact that the movie is based on the true story of Britains biggest ever bank robbery, a haul of almost 24 million pounds of Gold bullion (about $44 million) way back in 1983 from' Brink's Matt makes it even more surprising.

Fans of Sean Bean will find this a real feast as is does not disappoint playing the psychotic Mickey Mcavoy the mastermind behind the heist. In fact there are a fine cast of British character actors, and to some extent it's a who's who's guide to rouge character actors for British TV. I'd draw attention in particular to Larry Lamb, George Jackos (both Later on in ' Essex Boys' with Bean), and the excellent Trevor Byfield, who is very believable as the real life character of the London underworld Jimmy Kimpton. It's well paced and absorbing at the same time.

I'll not give too much away, nor criticize holes in the plot, or any short comings that it may have. What I will say is that the title of 'fools gold' is appropriate as some times you can just steal too much! Check it out and enjoy!!


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