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The Great Train Robbery ()

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

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Pierce
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Agar
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Miriam
Alan Webb ...
Trent
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Fowler
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Sharp
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Burgess
Wayne Sleep ...
Clean Willy
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Emily Trent
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Elizabeth Trent
George Downing ...
Barlow
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Harranby
John Bett ...
McPherson
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Station Despatcher
Janine Duvitski ...
Maggie
Brian de Salvo ...
Trent's Butler (as Brian De Salvo)
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Judge (as Andre Morell)
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Prosecutor
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Captain Jimmy
Noel Johnson ...
Connaught
Peter Butterworth ...
Putnam
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Burke
Hubert Rees ...
Lewis
Agnes Bernelle ...
Woman on Platform
Frank McDonald ...
P.C. London Bridge Station
Joe Cahill ...
Rail Guard
Cecil Nash ...
Chaplain
Susan Hallinan ...
Emma Barnes
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Ratting Assistant
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First Pickpocket
Paul Kember ...
Second Pickpocket
Geoff Ferris ...
Third Pickpocket
Jenny Till ...
Woman on Strand
Craig Stokes ...
Urchin on Strand
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(uncredited)
Joe Cassidy ...
Gent on train (uncredited)
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Business Owner (uncredited)
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Club Member (uncredited)
Nuala Holloway ...
Call Girl (uncredited)
Cathy Munroe ...
Lady in Shop (uncredited)
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Posh Gent (uncredited)
Geoffrey Unsworth ...
(uncredited)
Mickey Varey ...
Onlooker (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Crichton

Written by

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Michael Crichton ... (screenplay by)
 
Michael Crichton ... (based on his novel)

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John Foreman ... producer (produced by)
Dino De Laurentiis ... executive producer (uncredited)

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Jerry Goldsmith

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Geoffrey Unsworth

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David Bretherton ... (edited by)
Peter Elliott

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Norma Hazelden ... post-production secretary

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Mary Selway

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Maurice Carter

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Bert Davey

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Anthony Mendleson

Makeup Department

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Elaine Bowerbank ... hair stylist
Basil Newall ... makeup artist
Sylvia Croft ... makeup (uncredited)

Production Management

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Al Burgess ... production manager
Jack Phelan ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Chris Carreras ... second assistant director
Gerry Gavigan ... second assistant director
Anthony Waye ... assistant director
Dick Ziker ... action director

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Jim Morahan ... chief draughtsman
Joe Nevin ... property buyer
Ron Quelch ... property buyer
George Richardson ... assistant art director
Hugh Scaife ... set dresser
Vic Simpson ... construction manager
Tom Jung ... poster artist (uncredited) / poster designer (uncredited)

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Derek Ball ... sound mixer
Chris Barnes ... dubbing editor
Gerry Humphreys ... dubbing mixer (as Gerry Humphries)
Vernon Messenger ... dubbing editor
Terry Poulton ... dubbing editor
Liam Saurin ... sound mixer: Ireland (uncredited)

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David Harris ... uncredited
Gerry Johnston ... special effects (uncredited)
Ian Wingrove ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Loren Janes ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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John Campbell ... focus puller
Gordon Hayman ... camera operator
Brandon Apps ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Laurie Ridley ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Rebecca Breed ... wardrobe mistress
Richard Pointing ... wardrobe master

Location Management

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Don Geraghty ... location manager

Music Department

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Michael Clifford ... music editor
Gordon Langford ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Arthur Dunne ... transportation manager
John King ... unit driver

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Ron Allday ... production accountant
Patti Calhoun ... secretary to director
Dino De Laurentiis ... presents
Reg Dent ... horse master
Sue Edwards ... secretary to producer
Derrick Norwood ... assistant accountant
Loretta Ordewer ... production secretary
Jean Skinner ... continuity
Stanley Sopel ... production executive (uncredited)

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Geoffrey Unsworth ... this film is dedicated to the memory of: his friends miss him
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Never have so few taken so much from so many. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Great Train Robbery (United States)
  • La grande attaque du train d'or (France)
  • Der erste große Eisenbahnraub (Germany)
  • El primer gran asalto al tren (Spain)
  • El gran assalt al tren (Spain, Catalan title)
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Runtime
  • 110 min
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Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia Michael Crichton based his book and movie, only loosely on the actual crime committed in 1855. In real-life there were four criminals: Pierce, Agar, the railway guard Burgess, and a railway clerk named Tester. All four keys were kept on railway premises, two in London and two in Folkestone. They were stolen temporarily by Tester and Pierce respectively so that Agar could duplicate them, but it turned out that the Folkestone keys were not being used anyway. The guard's van was not locked from the outside; Pierce and Agar were let in by Burgess, and a share of the loot was handed out to Tester, at stations. None of the criminals was spotted at once; it was months before the railway conceded that the crime must have occurred on the train. The details came to light after Agar had been convicted in an unrelated crime and his accomplices decided to steal his share instead of using it, as he had asked, to provide his mistress an income. She got word to him, and he turned Queen's Evidence against the others, and told all. At no point in the case, did anyone escape from custody. See more »
Goofs If you look carefully, it's easy to see that the four keys requiring all of this work are just two pairs of duplicate keys - and, to any locksmith, it's obvious that the keys shown are for lever locks. Not only are they pretty easy to pick (even back then), the extensive waxing procedure shown to duplicate the keys wouldn't have been necessary - one side of the key is all that's needed for a copy. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Thanasi, sfixe ki allo to zonari (1980). See more »
Soundtracks I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls See more »
Quotes Edward Pierce: [after he learns that Trent ignored the sexual advances of Miriam] No respectable gentleman is THAT respectable.
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