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The League of Gentlemen (1960)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 24 January 1961 (USA)
A disgruntled veteran recruits a group of disgraced colleagues to perform a bank robbery with military precision.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

John Boland (novel), Bryan Forbes (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hawkins ... Hyde
Nigel Patrick ... Race
Roger Livesey ... Mycroft
Richard Attenborough ... Lexy
Bryan Forbes ... Porthill
Kieron Moore ... Stevens
Terence Alexander ... Rupert
Norman Bird ... Weaver
Robert Coote ... Bunny Warren
Melissa Stribling ... Peggy
Nanette Newman ... Elizabeth
Lydia Sherwood Lydia Sherwood ... Hilda
Doris Hare ... Molly Weaver
David Lodge ... C.S.M.
Patrick Wymark ... Wylie
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Storyline

Involuntarily-retired Lieutenant Colonel Hyde recruits seven other dissatisfied ex-servicemen for a special project. Each of the men has a skeleton in the cupboard, is short of money, and is a service-trained expert in his field. The job is a bank robbery, and military discipline and planning are imposed by Hyde and second-in-command Race on the team, although civilian irritations do start getting in the way. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What is the league ... Who are the gentlemen ?


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Character actor Nigel Green has an uncredited role. See more »

Goofs

When the convoy drives eastbound along Fleet Street on the way to the robbery they are shown passing the offices of the Daily Express before those of the Daily Telegraph. It should be the other way round: they would have passed the Telegraph before they passed the Express. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Hyde: Enjoy your meal, gentlemen. You know the old saying, "The rich man eats when you will, a poor man when you can."
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Bank Robbery Movies (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Soldiers of the Queen
(uncredited)
written and composed by Leslie Stuart
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In a league of it's own
21 October 2002 | by georgetheteeSee all my reviews

This movie is an involving, intriguing and ultimately poignant heist thriller. Since the advent of a comedy TV show which took it's name, the TV Guides have taken to describing this film as a 'comedy'. Obviously they've never watched it - the moral is, get your movie info from IMDB, not a rubbish newspaper or magazine TV Guide.

The movie's premise is good - a disenchanted ex-army officer dispairs of success on 'civvy street' so decides to organize his own squad of former soldiers and pull off a military operation with a difference - they will rob a bank. This film was the inspiration to the real-life Great Train Robbery, which involved a 20-man gang stealing £3,500,000 in 1963.

Characterization is good and believable; as with all British movies of the era, there is an excrutiating tendency to overly-ingenious rhetoric, one wonders sometimes how they think of such witty remarks. That aside, it's thoroughly convincing. The film code of the day of course required that no film could ever show a criminal benefiting from his crime, but instead of the usual tiresome accidental spilling of the booty out of a train/car/plane window, we have a more realistic, and indeed somewhat sad resolution.

Yes, it is a bit old now, but if you can hang-up your hang-ups about that, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The League of Gentlemen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP192,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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