The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Rip Van Winkle Caper 

After successfully stealing a gold shipment, a group of criminals and their scientist accomplice put themselves in suspended animation in a remote desert cave. When they awaken decades later, complications ensue when their truck is destroyed.

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De Cruz
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Farwell (as Oscar Beregi)
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Brooks
John Mitchum ...
Erbie
Wallace Rooney ...
George
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Four thieves steal $1 million in gold bullion in a train robbery and hide the money in a mountainside cave. The four plan to go into suspended animation for approximately 100 years when they hope to awaken as extremely rich men with their heist long forgotten. When they awaken, they're not quite sure what year it is. One of them, De Cruz, has his eye on getting as much of the gold for himself as he possibly can. The world they have awakened in isn't exactly what they had hoped for. Written by garykmcd

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21 April 1961 (USA)  »

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The title refers to the story written by Washington Irving and published in 1819. See more »

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The men are fully dressed when they are gassed and fall asleep within their glass cases. However, one hundred years later, when Erbie is discovered dead by the others, his body has become a skeleton but his clothing has vanished. See more »

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[closing narration]
Narrator: The last of four Rip Van Winkles, who all died precisely the way they lived, chasing an idol across the sand to wind up bleached dry in the hot sun as to much desert flotsam, worthless as the gold bullion they built a shrine to. Tonight's lesson - in The Twilight Zone.
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References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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It Just Doesn't Wash
19 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Considering the accomplishments of the principle character, this is so idiotic. Three idiots and a scientist grab a million dollars in gold bullion and decide to take it forward in time. One of them has developed a means of putting them in suspended animation. Of course, because they are all idiots, they do the most base, stupid things imaginable, including wrecking the truck that will be used to transport the gold. Just like the guys in Von Stroheim's "Greed," the two survivors end up in a grab fest for the little water they have taken with them. These guys don't think five minutes ahead, considering they have gone a hundred years into the future. Did I mention they are a pack of idiots?


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