Plunkett & Macleane (1999)

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Will Plunkett and Captain James Macleane, two men from different ends of the social spectrum in 18th-century England, enter a gentlemen's agreement: They decide to rid the aristocrats of ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Highwayman Rob
James Thornton ...
Terence Rigby ...
Lord Pelham
Karel Polisenský ...
Newgate Priest
Sir Oswald
Viscount Bilston
David Foxxe ...
Lord Ketch
Jake Gavin ...
Newgate Gent


Will Plunkett and Captain James Macleane, two men from different ends of the social spectrum in 18th-century England, enter a gentlemen's agreement: They decide to rid the aristocrats of their belongings. With Plunkett's criminal know-how and Macleane's social connections, they team up to be soon known as "The Gentlemen Highwaymen". But when one day these gentlemen hold up Lord Chief Justice Gibson's coach, Macleane instantly falls in love with his beautiful and cunning niece, Lady Rebecca Gibson. Unfortunately, Thief Taker General Chance, who also is quite fond of Rebecca, is getting closer and closer to getting both: The Gentlemen Highwaymen and Rebecca, who, needless to say, don't want to get any closer to him. But Plunkett still has a thing to sort out with Chance, and his impulsiveness gets all of them in a little trouble. Written by Julian Reischl <>

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They rob the rich... and that's it See more »

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Rated R for some strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 April 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Rob the Rich  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£760,281 (UK) (2 April 1999)


$471,427 (USA) (22 October 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Liv Tyler shot this film concurrently with Armageddon (1998) so would frequently fly from her location in the Czech Republic to Los Angeles for stretches at a time. See more »


Lady Rebecca accuses Mr. Chance of having Halitosis. The term Halitosis originated in the 1870's, well over a hundred years after the time period the movie is set in. See more »


[first lines]
Judge Beresteade: Captain James Macleane, for drunkenness, unruly behavior, causing an affray and disturbing the King's, I hereby sentence you to be placed in the Knightsbridge debtors' jail and to be held there until you are sober. Take him away.
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Crazy Credits

The person in charge of overseeing the duel between Chance and Plunkett is listed as the "Dual Referee". See more »


Referenced in Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000) See more »


Written by Martyn Jacques
Performed by The Tiger Lillies
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Well hang me if this isn't a great flick!!
20 April 1999 | by (Weston, England) – See all my reviews

I've been waiting since last October to see this film! (it was supposed to come out October '98) and now I've finally seen it I am not disappointed. Bloody marvellous! OK it was a tad slow in the beginning, but once it got going it's a very exciting nail-biting tense Robert Carlyle is so different from either Gaz in 'The Full Monty' and Begbie in 'Trainspotting' ) that it's hard to recognise him! And Johnny Lee Miller, no longer with his Sick Boy from 'Trainspotting' blond hair, plays his dashing gentlemen highway man with the right about of humour and sensitivity that it is easy to see why Liv Tylers Rebecca falls for him. A great film. As Hades in Disney's 'Hercules' would say: "Two thumbs way way up!!"

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