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Bellman and True (1987)

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Hiller, a computer expert, was bribed by group of bank robbers to obtain details of the security system at a newly-built bank. Having obtained the information, he thought he'd seen the last... See full summary »


Richard Loncraine


Richard Loncraine (screenplay), Desmond Lowden (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Hill ... Hiller
Derek Newark Derek Newark ... Guv'nor
Richard Hope ... Salto
Ken Bones ... Gort
Frances Tomelty ... Anna
Kieran O'Brien ... The Boy
John Kavanagh ... Donkey
Arthur Whybrow Arthur Whybrow ... The Peterman
Jim Dowdall Jim Dowdall ... The Wheelman
Peter Howell ... The Bellman
Kate McEnery ... Mo
Anne Carroll Anne Carroll ... Pauline
Richard Strange ... Man with Walkman
Peter Jonfield Peter Jonfield ... Security Sergeant
Andrew Paul ... Young Security Guard


Hiller, a computer expert, was bribed by group of bank robbers to obtain details of the security system at a newly-built bank. Having obtained the information, he thought he'd seen the last of the robbers. But now they've traced him and his son to London. They hold the son hostage and force Hiller to decode the information about the alarm and then to take part in the robbery. Written by Anonymous

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They kidnapped his son. They forced him to steal 14 million dollars. Then they made their biggest mistake. They trusted him.


Crime | Drama


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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

12 May 1989 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Bellman and True - Gangster wider Willen See more »


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(3 episodes: TV) | (VHS/DVD)

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Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?


The title is taken from the names of two fox-hounds mentioned in the lyrics of the 18th century ballad "Do Ye Ken John Peel", a song about fox-hunting. It is presumably a rather obscure allusion to the way that the bank robbers have hunted down Hiller and won't let him go again. See more »


When the robbers' Daimler Sovereign getaway car is first seen after the robbery, its two inner headlights are smashed and are not lit. A few seconds later, when the car drives through the greenhouses, those lights are unbroken and are lit. See more »


[the Wheelman is driving the getaway car after the robbery and hears on the police radio that the police are getting very close]
The Wheelman: I used to live round here. Hold tight.
[he swerves onto a farm track, through some greenhouses and heads towards a fence]
Guv'nor: [shouts] That's a bloody fence! Christ! Where are we going? You stupid... Where are we going now?
The Wheelman: [calmly] We can cut through round here, back onto the estate.
Donkey: [shouts] There's no road. Where is it? There's no road!
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Crazy Credits

The end-credits are overlaid on a long drawing that scrolls sideways, depicting Hiller's and The Boy's plane as it leaves London, flies over the Atlantic and arrives at Rio. See more »

Alternate Versions

Released in two versions: a 150-minute version on ITV in the UK, shown in three one-hour episodes on consecutive nights on 5-7 June 1989; and an edited version shown in cinemas and released on video, which omits some of the preparation leading up to the robbery. See more »


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This is the REAL McCoy
19 December 2000 | by DJ-21See all my reviews

A fired computer programmer (Bernard Hill) has been hired by a gang of bank robbers to steal confidential computer information from his previous employer. The problem is, the information is encoded. He takes his son along with his payment and runs away but gets stuck when the money runs out. He returns home only to be confronted by his "new" employers. He is forced to decode the information he stole so that the robbers can use it. His son is kept hostage until he has what they want. It gets more involved when the plans change and he has to go along on the robbery to disable the alarm system. This movie is a great heist movie. The video release has been edited so much it doesn't explain important parts in the plot. There is a unedited version out there that shows more details but is usually only shown in full on TV.

This movie was the original for which the 1993 movie The Real McCoy was based on. Only this one is better!

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