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The Bank Job (2008)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  7 March 2008 (USA)
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Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets - secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rupert Frazer ...
Lord Drysdale (as Rupert Fraser)


Business is slow for Terry Leather, a London car dealer, married with children. He's an artful dodger, so Martine, a former model with a thing for him, brings him her scheme: a bank's alarm is off for a couple weeks, so let's tunnel into the vault. He assembles a team, not realizing her real goal is a safe-deposit box with compromising photos of a royal: she needs the photos to trade for avoiding a jail sentence - and MI-5, or is it MI-6, is pulling the strings two steps removed. A Trinidadian thug, a high-end bordello owner, and a pornographer also have things stored in the vault, so the break-in threatens many a powerful personage. Is there any way these amateurs can pull it off? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The true story of a heist gone wrong... in all the right ways.


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

7 March 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gran golpe  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£951,013 (UK) (29 February 2008)


$30,028,592 (USA) (30 May 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Roger Donaldson said one of the most difficult days of filming was when he filmed the brothel scene. The scene called for the women to be walking around wearing only garters. However, Donaldson said that when he went to film the scene he discovered that most of the women shaved their genitals, which would have been anachronistic for 1971. So the actresses had to wear pubic wigs called "merkins." This caused a problem because the merkins were hard to secure in place and kept slipping, causing Donaldson much aggravation. See more »


The use of the thermal lance is unrealistic. A skilled operator would check the gases are on and at the correct pressure before ignition, rather than relying on a third party to "turn on the oxygen" at the cylinder. As both the oxy-acetylene torch and the lance have shutoff valves, the operator could isolate all the gases if required. Since Bambas was the expert on drilling / tunneling, it is unlikely he would have allowed anyone else to operate the lance, as they would have had no experience of it. See more »


[first lines]
Eddie Burton: [while drilling a mileage meter back] Another Terry Leather low mileage gem.
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Disclaimer: "The names of many people identified in this film have been changed to protect the guilty." See more »


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Money (That's What I Want)
Written by Berry Gordy (as Gordy) / Janie Bradford (as Bradford)
Performed by The Storys
Published by EMI Entertainment World / J. Albert & Son
Licensed courtesy of J. Albert & Son Pty Limited
(p) 2007 Hall Recordings
Courtesy of Hall Recordings
John Waller Management
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26 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm old enough to remember this robbery well, and the film does a great credit to a very true story, Jason Statham is Terry a very small time hood with a car lot (like Arthur Daly) who get lured into this bank Job by one time girl friend Martine (Safron Burrows-who l saw in Enigma) she is very beautiful, along with some mates they do the robbery, masterminded by Peter Bowels, a long way from his smooth Richard De Vere days in To The Manor Born, mind you he's still smoothie in this film, also along for the ride is David Suchet as a London Porn King, and Georgia Taylor one of the Battersby girls from Coronation Street. The film moves at a hell of a pace, and slowly builds to a great climax, l don't want to give away any of the plot all l can say is go and see this film, l admit l went to a pre-release night, but l might even go and see it again it's that good, l give it 9 out of 10

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