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Loophole (1981)

When architect Stephen Booker loses his partnership, he finds jobs hard to come by, and with money in short supply, he unwittingly becomes involved in a daring scheme to rob one of London's biggest bank vaults.

Director:

John Quested

Writers:

Jonathan Hales, Robert Pollock (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... Mike Daniels
Martin Sheen ... Stephen Booker
Susannah York ... Dinah Booker
Colin Blakely ... Gardner
Jonathan Pryce ... Taylor
Robert Morley ... Godfrey
Alfred Lynch ... Harry
Tony Doyle ... Nolan
Christopher Guard Christopher Guard ... Cliff
Gwyneth Powell ... Doreen
Jerry Harte Jerry Harte ... Maxwell
James Grout ... Fairbrother
Terrence Hardiman ... David
Bridget Brice ... Emily
Ian Howarth ... Matthew
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Storyline

When architect Stephen Booker loses his partnership, he finds jobs hard to come by, and with money in short supply, he unwittingly becomes involved in a daring scheme to rob one of London's biggest bank vaults.

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For one man crime was a way of life! For the other ... a means of survival! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, mild peril and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Actress Julie Christie turned down the role of Dinah Booker which in the end was cast with Susannah York. See more »

Goofs

[They] have set up detectors in the sewers which turn red when toxic gas is detected. Sure enough, one of the robbers is overcome by gas and as he subsequently loses consciousness there is a shot of him covered with rats. The rats, however, would appear to be immune to the gas. See more »

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Inspired A True Crime!
11 February 2007 | by sixfootjenSee all my reviews

Actually, I haven't seen the movie -- but three men in Texas rented this movie and were inspired to re-create the crime in 1984. They held a bank president's wife and daughter hostage in exchange for a ransom of $48,000. Once the money was left in a garbage can, the men used the sewer system to gain access to the false bottom of the garbage can... just like in the movie. However, the FBI arrested one of the men, who ratted out the other two, and they were all tried and convicted. Actually, they almost got away with it -- except the woman they'd counted on to be their alibi "remembered" that they'd been at her house in the afternoon, not the morning. Amusingly, the appellate court judge who heard their appeal started his summary of the case with the line, "The background facts to this case read like a movie script." There's a reason for that, Yer Honor! (If you want to read the case, it's United States v. Moore, 786 F.2d 1308.)


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Break In See more »

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Production Co:

Brent Walker See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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