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Loot (1970)

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 »


Silvio Narizzano


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


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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We knock off anything - bodies, banks and birds!


Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

31 December 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Det bare røveri See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?


The character of the corrupt Inspector Truscott is generally regarded as playwright Joe Orton's revenge on the police force. He had once served a short prison sentence for defacing library books. The character was, as he conceded, also based to an extent on the notorious Detective Sergeant Harold Challenor, whom he never met, but who had been at the center of a great scandal in 1963. Challenor was found to have planted evidence to ensure a conviction in several cases, including those of innocent people. The fictitious Truscott even uses a catchphrase of Challenor's. See more »


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 »


[Mrs McLeavy has just died]
Mr. McLeavy: I'm having her embalmed.
Nurse Fay McMahon: Embalmed? Oh, I'm sure she'd enjoy that. She always used to love her make-up.
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References The Public Enemy (1931) See more »


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Written by Keith Mansfield
Performed by The Keith Mansfield Orchestra
Sung by Steve Ellis
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7 March 2010 | by scotty-679-201627See all my reviews

Simply put, I enjoyed this thoroughly. Although I am not familiar with the play of the same name, or any of the actors aside from Richard Attenborough, or any of the crew, I suspect this only enhanced my enjoyment.

I had only previously seen Richard Attenborough in Jurassic Park and this movie will most certainly make me keen to see him again. I caught this on TV after another movie and I had absolutely no idea what I was watching. It was completely unplanned on my part.

By the end I was laughing obediently at the ensuing hilarity. If you happen to find this movie is to your tastes then the comedy hits hard and uncompromising like a heavy weight boxer. But to be fair I enjoyed The Love Guru and Basic Instinct 2 so I am in no position to comment on 'taste'. I did however enjoy it enough to feel motivated to add my first review for it.

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