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The Big Job (1965)

An inept gang of bank robbers, led by George The Brain, are caught and sentenced to 15 years hard labour each. When they are released from prison they start out to collect the money they ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writers:

Talbot Rothwell (screenplay), John Antrobus (from an original story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney James ... George Brain
Sylvia Syms ... Myrtle Robbins
Dick Emery Dick Emery ... Frederick 'Booky' Binns
Joan Sims ... Mildred Gamely
Lance Percival Lance Percival ... Timothy 'Dipper' Day
Jim Dale ... Harold
Edina Ronay ... Sally Gamely
Deryck Guyler ... Police Sergeant
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Register Office Official
Michael Ward Michael Ward ... Undertaker
Brian Rawlinson Brian Rawlinson ... Henry Blobbitt
David Horne ... Judge
Frank Forsyth ... Bank Cashier
Frank Thornton ... Bank Official
Wanda Ventham ... Dot Franklin
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Storyline

An inept gang of bank robbers, led by George The Brain, are caught and sentenced to 15 years hard labour each. When they are released from prison they start out to collect the money they had stolen and which George had hidden in a hollow tree during the chase in which they were caught. The only trouble is that the tree was in the middle of a lonely lane when they were imprisoned; now, 15 years later, the tree is in the backyard of a Police Station... Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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heist | independent film | See All (2) »

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WANTED in connection with THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY otherwise know as...

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Comedy | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1967 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Atraco imperfecto See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The shooting script was titled 'The Great Brain Robbery' after the leader of the gang, George Brain (Sidney James). See more »

Goofs

The wire to pull the harpoon out of the harpoon-gun can be clearly seen in the shot just before the first one is fired into the tree. See more »

Quotes

[the robbers discover that the tree where George hid the money is now in the car-park of a new police station]
Timothy 'Dipper' Day: We 'aven't done anything wrong. It's *our* money. *We* stole it.
George Brain: [sarcastically] You're right. You're absolutely right. All you've got to do is go in there and say "Excuse me, Sarge, but fifteen years ago we happen to have left fifty thousand nicker in your tree. Can we have it back please?"
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'U' rating. See more »

Connections

References Z Cars (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Policeman's Song
(uncredited)
from "The Pirates of Penzance"
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Sung by Jim Dale (Harold) and the police choir, and used as a theme during the film.
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From the Carry On team a cracking comedy crime caper!
7 November 2001 | by General UrkoSee all my reviews

Another homegrown gem from the director (Gerald Thomas ), producer (Peter Rogers) & writer (Talbot Rothwell) of the Carry On movies. This is very similar to those classics as it also has a cast of Carry On regulars such as Jim Dale, Joan Sims & the irrepressible Sid James! After finishing their porridge at her majesties pleasure a gang of crooks attempt to retrieve the loot they hid before being caught. Unfortunately the tree they hid it in is now within the grounds of a police station! They hole up in a neighbouring B&B and so begin many bungled attempts to retrieve it. To make matters worse their fellow lodger is a policeman. D'oh! A top comedy with that must have ingredient, good characters (often lacking from more recent so-called comedy films). A great hour & a half for fans of Carry On. It would be a crime to miss it!


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