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The Great Riviera Bank Robbery (1979)

A group of fascists plan to finance their work by pulling off a bank robbery.


Francis Megahy


Bernie Cooper (screenplay), Francis Megahy (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McShane ... The Brain
Warren Clarke ... Jean
Stephen Greif ... Rocco
Christopher Malcolm ... Serge
Nigel Humphreys Nigel Humphreys ... Alex
Eric Mason Eric Mason ... Fernand
Matthew Long Matthew Long ... Michel
Alain Guano Alain Guano ... Alain
Barry Lowe Barry Lowe ... Lawyer
Jonathan Elsom Jonathan Elsom ... Magistrate
Arnold Diamond ... Town Hall Man
Christopher Burgess Christopher Burgess ... Policeman
Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan ... Customer
Sheila Ruskin Sheila Ruskin ... Bank Girl
Adrian Shergold ... Young Leftie


A group of fascists plan to finance their work by pulling off a bank robbery.

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Release Date:

14 May 1980 (Colombia) See more »

Also Known As:

Dirty Money See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Also known as "Sewers of Gold" when shown on British TV channel Talking Pictures on 24 September 2018 See more »


The gold bars which are stolen in the robbery would weigh around 10 to 15 kilos each; there is no way that 'Brain' could lift them in one hand so casually to load in to his camera case. Similarly there are at least 4 in the case when Serge picks it up to load into the car with very little apparent effort. See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: 'The Brain' is believed to be alive and well and living among friends in South America. See more »


Version of Sans arme, ni haine, ni violence (2008) See more »

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Little-known but expertly-made British heist movie
12 October 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

I saw this film on TV under the title SEWERS OF GOLD. It's a British heist movie based on a true story about a gang of fascists who decide to rob a safety deposit vault in Nice by accessing it through the local sewer system. The story had already been adapted as PARADISE but this British version is well worth a watch, riding high in a mini-wave of similar heist pictures that came out around the same time (A NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKELEY SQUARE is another good one).

The film was directed by the little-known Francis Megahy who would later re-team with Ian McShane for a few LOVEJOY episodes. McShane is excellent here, by the way, tough, suave, and charismatic as the leader of the robbers. Inevitably most of the running time is involved with the detail of the planning and execution of the robbery and it's a masterpiece of tension, featuring a strong cast (including a youthful Warren Clarke making an impact) and expert direction. The tension never lets up. The finale offers plenty of twists and turns which keep the viewer engaged too. I love films in this sub-genre and SEWERS OF GOLD is another highlight.

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