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The Great Train Robbery (1978)

The First Great Train Robbery (original title)
In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pierce
... Agar
... Miriam
Alan Webb ... Trent
... Fowler
... Sharp
... Burgess
Wayne Sleep ... Clean Willy
... Emily Trent
... Elizabeth Trent
George Downing ... Barlow
... Harranby
John Bett ... McPherson
... Station Despatcher
Janine Duvitski ... Maggie
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Storyline

Sutherland and Connery wish to rob a moving train's safe in Victorian England. They need wax impressions of keys, coffins, dead cats, and a great deal of planning in order to pull it off. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Never have so few taken so much from so many.


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MGM

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Release Date:

2 February 1979 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$391,942, 4 February 1979, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,027,857
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(sepia colour)| (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was entitled "The First Great Train Robbery" in the UK, to distance it from the £2 million robbery from a mail train in 1963, which was known in the British press as "The Great Train Robbery". See more »

Goofs

Two songs heard in the brothel scene, "Champagne Charlie" and ""Pretty Polly Perkins of Paddington Green", were first published in the 1860s, nearly 10 years after the events in the film. See more »

Quotes

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Edward Pierce: [narration] In the year 1855, England and France were at war with Russia in the Crimea. The English troops were paid in gold. Once a month, twenty-five thousand pounds in gold was loaded into strongboxes inside the London bank of Huddleston and Bradford and taken by trusted armed guards to the railway station. The convoy followed no fixed route or timetable. At the station, the gold was loaded into the luggage van of the Folkestone train for shipment to the coast and from there to ...
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Connections

Referenced in A Stranger in the Kingdom (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

""Pretty Polly Perkins of Paddington Green"
Written by Harry Clifton
Heard on violin offstage in bordello
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User Reviews

 
Quite exciting...
26 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

'The First Great Train Robbery' is about a quite impossible mission in Victorian underworld... It is about 25,000 pounds in gold bars placed in strongboxes and taken by armed security guards to the railway station...

'The First Great Train Robbery' is about the fastest pickpocket you'll ever see, a suave and daring gentleman who never tells the truth… It is also about a bunch crooks that can steal your heart with the company of a fascinating disguised mistress who suspects that her father breaks his own regulation for each morning of the shipments...

'The First Great Train Robbery' chronicles the grandeur and hypocrisy at all levels of England during the Victorian Era, and proves that the cleverness and prowess of a criminal mastermind is elevated to heroic status...

With excellent photography of Ireland beautiful countryside, and great music score by Jerry Goldsmith, plus the costumes and sets, Michael Crichton's movie gives train heist's fans the pleasure to enjoy a very entertaining period thriller…


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