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Based on the play by Joe Orton, this film follows the adventures of two pals who have pulled off a bank robbery and have to hide the loot. Fortunately one of them works in a funeral parlor ... See full summary »

Director:

Silvio Narizzano

Writers:

Ray Galton (screenplay), Alan Simpson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Attenborough ... Inspector Truscott
Lee Remick ... Nurse Fay McMahon
Hywel Bennett ... Dennis
Milo O'Shea ... Mr. McLeavy
Roy Holder ... Hal
Dick Emery Dick Emery ... Mr. Bateman
Joe Lynch Joe Lynch ... Father O'Shaughnessy
John Cater ... Meadows
Aubrey Woods Aubrey Woods ... Undertaker
Enid Lowe Enid Lowe ... W.V.A. Leader
Andonia Katsaros Andonia Katsaros ... Policewoman
Harold Innocent ... Bank Manager
Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan ... Vicar
Jean Marlow Jean Marlow ... Mrs. McLeavy
Robert Raglan ... Doctor
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Storyline

Based on the play by Joe Orton, this film follows the adventures of two pals who have pulled off a bank robbery and have to hide the loot. Fortunately one of them works in a funeral parlor and they have a coffin to spare. Then there's the gold-digger nurse and the gonad-grabber detective and a host of other wonderful characters. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Taglines:

We knock off anything - bodies, banks and birds!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Det bare røveri See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Performing Arts See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

This was the first film to be re-edited by the BBC for television showings because of bad language. Its first television airing was in the summer of 1976. See more »

Goofs

When the hearse that Dennis is driving goes out of control because its brakes have failed, and the other vehicles in the funeral procession accelerate to keep up, they lurch round several corners. Skid marks from previous takes are visible on each corner. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Bateman: What's this?
Mr. McLeavy: It's a cold collation, sir.
Mr. Bateman: It's Monday. There's always steak and kidney pudding on Monday.
Mr. McLeavy: Mrs McLeavy *died* this morning, sir.
Mr. Bateman: Your staff problems are not *my* concern!
Mr. McLeavy: Unfortunately she was unable to make a pudding before she went.
Mr. Bateman: I hope this doesn't prove to be a permanent state of affairs.
Mr. McLeavy: Well it is for *her*, sir.
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Connections

References The Public Enemy (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Eyeball Serenade
Written by Keith Mansfield
Performed by The Keith Mansfield Orchestra
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Excellent
13 April 2006 | by kerravonSee all my reviews

You can't go wrong when Galton and Simpson adapt an Orton play.

Very black, very funny, and gloriously captures the end of the swinging sixties with the Dennis and Hal's curious way of getting out of a parking ticket.

Roy Holder and Hywel Bennett are perfectly cast as the roguesh but likable main characters, and the supporting players help to carry the film along at a pace.

Ultimately a very enjoyable film, and I can only roll my eyes at the thought of it being compared to Weekend at Bernies - where Loot has black humour, Bernies only has slap stick.


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