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The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 4 September 1960 (USA)
In 1901, a group of IRA members decides to rob the Bank of England in order to finance their movement and to embarrass the British government.

Director:

John Guillermin

Writers:

John Brophy (novel), Howard Clewes (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Aldo Ray ... Charles Norgate
Elizabeth Sellars ... Iris Muldoon
Peter O'Toole ... Capt. Monty Fitch
Kieron Moore ... Walsh
Albert Sharpe ... Albert Tosher Sparrow
Joseph Tomelty ... Cohoun
Wolf Frees ... Dr. Hagen
John Le Mesurier ... Green
Miles Malleson ... Assistant Curator
Colin Gordon ... Benge
Andrew Keir ... Sergeant of the Guard
Hugh Griffith ... O'Shea
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Storyline

London at the turn of the century in 1901. Three men are on a mission from the IRA to steal all the gold in the vaults of the Bank of England. Norgate, their leader, discovers the bank's weak spot: an old forgotten sewer straight under the vaults. But they have to deal with captain Fitch, a young but suspicious bank guard. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Never before revealed !

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier, the stars of the TV series, Dad's Army, both appear in this film. Lowe is the bank clerk at the beginning of the film and Le Mesurier plays Green. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Monty Fitch: The colonel has given me the entire weekend on duty.
Charles Norgate: That's rough.
Capt. Monty Fitch: Bank holiday in the bank.
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Connections

Referenced in The South Bank Show: Peter O'Toole (1992) See more »

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Ray versus O'Toole
30 August 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Aldo Ray and Peter O'Toole star in "The Day They Robbed the Bank of England," a 1960 film directed by John Guillerman. Ray plays Norgate, an American who sympathizes with the Irish republican movement. To this end, he and his cronies plan to rob the Bank of England. Befriending a guard, Captain Finch (O'Toole) while in a pub, over time Norgate manages to gather many details about the layout of the bank and the whereabouts of the vault with the gold bullion.

This is the type of "caper" film very popular in the 1960s. It's a small British film and a little slow in spots, but intriguing. The Captain is one of O'Toole's early roles, so it's definitely of interest to see him.

One of my problems with this movie is the weak script - it seemed odd to me that the Captain didn't realize pretty quickly what Norgate was up to. The acting, however, is very good, with some fine character actors offering great support: Kieron Moore, Albert Sharpe, and others. The lovely Elizabeth Sellars plays the liaison with Ireland -- she was widowed as a result of the cause.

Entertaining.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nap, amikor kirabolták az Angol Bankot See more »

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Budget:

$457,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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