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The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960)

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 Sharpe ... Albert Tosher Sparrow
Joseph Tomelty 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

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$457,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$180,000, 31 December 1960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$805,000, 31 December 1960
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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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

O'Shea: A hundred and sixty thousand pounds is a matter for the police. A million is a political offensive. It also lasts longer.
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Connections

Referenced in The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963) See more »

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Just a so-so movie.
16 December 2008 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This is actually quite an original heist movie, not because of its story or characters but more because of the fact that the movie is a period movie as well. The movie is set around 1900, thus making this not just your average normal bank robbers movie.

Yet the movie does not work out as good as it potentially could had. The movies takes too much time to build up to the actual heist. It makes the first halve of the movie mostly dragging and not interesting or exciting enough to watch. It even manages to throw in a love interest, which is completely redundant.

It's true that the movie only really gets off the ground once they start the break-in. From that point on the movie becomes actually quite good to watch. It only then becomes obvious that the movie its characters are actually quite interesting and its story can be actually quite clever and intriguing. A bit too late though, making this only a so-so movie, with one good second halve and one weaker first halve.

For 1960 standards its definitely a good and professional British looking movie, despite the fact that this obviously wasn't a movie with a very high budget. It knows to create a good, typical for its period, kind of atmosphere.

All of the actors in the movie are some big unknowns and none of them also really know to impress. At leas they don't leave a lasting impression. Except for the at the time still young Peter O'Toole. This actually was only O'Toole's second movie he ever appeared in but he already had his own trademark style of acting at the time. His character is also easily the best of the movie, which also makes you cheer more for him than his actual 'enemy' and main character of the bank, the professional thief and bank robber, played by Aldo Ray. Come to think of it, why should you even cheer in the first place for the movie its bank robbers? It's not like they are doing it for a good cause, which just doesn't make them the most sympathetic main characters for a movie.

Perhaps it would also had been a better movie if it was just a tad bit more entertaining. It should had paid some more attention to its 'fun', rather than its serious aspects.

A watchable movie, that however also leaves you with the feeling that it isn't as good as it truly could had been.

6/10

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