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 ...
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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
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Robert Carlyle and Johnny Lee Miller have worked together before. They both starred in the 1996 cult classic "Trainspotting". 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 »
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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The person in charge of overseeing the duel between Chance and Plunkett is listed as the "Dual Referee". See more »
England in the 1700's, (1745 to be exact) was not a nice place. The rich
were all made up to the eyeballs with ludicrous hair and cuffs you could
hide a poodle in. They did, however smell a little better than the poor,
who were lucky if they made it through the day without a vital appendage
falling off in the street.
It is to this world that the audience watching Plunkett and Macleane are
introduced. It's not pretty, but it's very believable and prepares you to
accept the lengths to which people will go to clamber from the muck to a
Thrown together through circumstance, Macleane, a semi-respectable gentleman
who spends too much on women and gambling and Plunkett, a common criminal
with more than a few tricks up his sleeve, find that they can rob together
successfully as partners. So they do. A lot.
There's a lot of good ideas in the film, primarily the concept of turning
the idea of 18th Century English nobility on its head and making it seem
little more than an excuse to wear wigs and lipstick. A refreshing change
in these days of Merchant Ivory productions and hey-nonny
Then there's the obligatory love interest, Lady Rebecca (Liv Tyler) and the
vicious baddie, in the form of the Thief Taker General Chance, played with
sadistic relish by Ken Stott. Both perform well, but it's up to the two
leads, and the chemistry that worked well in Trainspotting to steal the
show. Being Highwaymen, they steal it with ease, commanding each scene with
humour and grit in equal proportions. Some moments of the film are laugh
out loud funny, while others border on the disgusting. Always funny and
compelling as an action movie, (the love story is left firmly in second
place) Plunkett & Macleane is great fun. Though the efforts of the
excellent cast and director Jake Scott, we have another British hit on our
All in all, to blatantly rip off a line from the film:
"It was fantastic and I had a bloody good laugh!"
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