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 ...
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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 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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For the Thrill, For the Money, For Her 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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Karel Augusta (Hangman) died during production. See more »


1-4 days after having sex with Lady D'Arcy, Macleane complains of having "the pox" (syphilis) and that his genitals are a "disaster area". This is impossible - syphilis symptoms take at least a week to develop and are initially (for the first few weeks) painless and very minor. However, given that medical science and knowledge were fairly rudimentary in the 18th century, it could be that Macleane had picked up a different STD and was getting it confused with syphilis. But even then, STDs do not generally show noticeable symptoms within such a short time of exposure. 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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Surprisingly good action/comedy with nice use of music
15 April 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews


Recap: Macleane (Miller) witnesses a robbery by Plunkett (Carlyle) that goes wrong. Plunkett's partner get shot (and killed) but not until after he has swallowed a great ruby. Plunkett and Macleane then meet at the cemetery when both try to get hold of the ruby. Unfortunately they are caught as grave robbers and sent to jail, but not until Plunkett has swallowed the ruby. The ruby is their key to freedom, and once they're free, they form a partnership in robbery. Macleane is to pose as a gentleman and find out who is worth robbing, and then simply they rob him (and rob them in style). But Macleane falls in love with the niece/daughter (?) of their first victim, lady Rebecca Gibson (Tyler). And a Mr Chance (Stott) is out to catch them, and his methods are not very nice...

Comments: A good action flavoured by comedy and adventure. Carlyle and Miller form a good team, with a lot of friction and friendship. And then there is the relationship between Macleane and Rebecca Gibson. The scene with the ball is very good, especially the (anachronistic) use of the music. In addition to these interesting characters Cumming play the best of them all, Lord Rochester. Both the character and the acting are stellar and among the best in the movie. In total, the movie works very well, a nice balance between story and special effects, action and comedy. Very entertaining.


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