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 from the rich ... and just keep it. [USA DVD Cover] See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 »


When Plunkett is teaching Macleane how to shoot, Macleane accidentally fires his pistol and kills a pheasant. If they had just been discharging firearms (at least twelve times, according to the score), there would most likely not be any pheasants within half a mile, nevermind pistol range. 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 »


References Batman & Robin (1997) See more »


Written & Performed by Craig Armstrong
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Not to be missed if you like period films....
3 July 2000 | by (Lost Wages, Nv.) – See all my reviews

I can tell from reading the other comments that I am in the small minority of people who loved this film. I rented it several times to share with friends and family, and since they are all into renfaires and the like, they seemed to enjoy it. Maybe not as much as I did, but not everyone is me. I found it to be a fun romp into a world that we so often see the high society end of (Dangerous Liasons, etc..), but not too often from the poor man's point of view. Robert Carlyle and Johnny Lee Miller are two of my favorite actors, both since Trainspotting, and I think they will be for some time to come. If you like English humor, then I think you will enjoy this film.

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