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The Bank Job (2008)

 -  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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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.

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Also Known As:

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,935,256 (USA) (7 March 2008)

Gross:

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

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 »

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When testing the thermic lance for the first time the machine that was used to flip the table is clearly visible in the final shot of the scene. See more »

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[first lines]
Eddie Burton: [while drilling a mileage meter back] Another Terry Leather low mileage here.
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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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References Pinky and Perky (1957) See more »

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History of Jamaica
Written by Erlando Neil & Nkrumah Manley Thomas
Performed by Early B
Notting Hill Music Ltd/Rufus Music Ltd
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd
Licensed Courtesy of Acid Jazz Records
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Truly a great heist movie, the Brits really can act.
24 April 2008 | by (Brooklyn, America) – See all my reviews

This will be one of the best heist movie's you see in years. This movie is full of intense action and great wit. You will literally be at the edge of your seat up to the last minute, wondering if someone is either going to get killed or is someone going to get away. It is full of realistic drama, action, ultimatums, conspiracy and lust. At times it gets kind of scary and your heart will beat faster simply from the music. It is based on true story with a few additions of its own. The movie is put together absolutely perfectly.

The movie is neither too long to the point it bores you and kills the story nor too short to where you don't know the outcome. Everything in the movie is timed perfectly and is played step by step. Everything makes sense which although eliminates some surprises, those surprises are hardly needed and are so obsolete that you won't even care nor realize.

Overall the movie is "jolly good". British actors are really much better than American ones. All the emotions seem real and at a few points you'll feel just like the characters, which is great in any movie because it simply makes it more real. One more thing, this movie isn't for the faint of heart, there are a few scenes that are very graphic and gruesome, and a few scenes that should be in a rated "X" movie. Of course this doesn't do anything to the movie except add even more realism too it. This is just extra knowledge for those who may feel uncomfortable or squeamish in such scenes. Otherwise, this movie is a must to watch because it may very well be a classic.


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