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This movie is based on the story of Buster Edwards, one of the thieves involved in "The Great Train Robbery" of 1963.

Director:

David Green

Writer:

Colin Shindler (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Collins ... Buster
Julie Walters ... June
Larry Lamb ... Bruce
Stephanie Lawrence Stephanie Lawrence ... Franny
Ellie Beaven Ellie Beaven ... Nicky
Michael Attwell ... Harry
Ralph Brown ... Ronny
Christopher Ellison ... George
Sheila Hancock ... Mrs. Rothery
Martin Jarvis ... Inspector Mitchell
Clive Wood Clive Wood ... Sergeant Chalmers
Anthony Quayle ... Sir James McDowell
Michael Byrne ... Poyser
Harold Innocent ... Justice Parry
Rupert Vansittart ... Fairclough
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Storyline

Buster is a small time crook who pulls a big time job. When he finds that the police will not let the case drop, he goes into hiding and can't contact his wife and child. He arranges to meet them in Mexico where he thinks they can begin again, but finds that he must choose between his family and freedom. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

The greatest train robber of all time. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Grande Golpada See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$540,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In Phil Collins' autobiography "Not Dead Yet", he says plans were for him to wear a prosthetic nose in the first few scenes before it was removed. This was to reflect the real-life Buster's plastic surgery to change his appearance after his crimes. Producers eventually abandoned the idea after rehearsals began. See more »

Goofs

Buster and June's daughter Nicky was two years old in 1963. However, in the movie, she is clearly old enough to be in school. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Buster Edwards: [addressing the audience. He is now a florist near Waterloo Bridge, several years after his release in 1980] You know, I've still got that dream...
June Edwards: [overhearing him, with a cup of hot chocolate] Buster, don't start that again!
Buster Edwards: No, dear
Buster Edwards: Well, I know it's still there.
[Buster and June walk off chatting about seeing their daughter Nikki who is now adult, and Buster looks at the camera, and his face is framed onto an envelope, when the credits start]
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Crazy Credits

Buster Edwards never got the deal he hoped for. On the 9th December 1966 he was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for conspiring to rob Her Majesty's Royal Mail Train. See more »

Alternate Versions

The initial U.S. release of this film had its running time cut from 102 minutes to 94 minutes by its U.S. distributor, Hemdale Films. The subsequent video release by HBO Home Video was based on this edited version, however, a more recent release by MGM Home Video includes the complete film uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: The Thirsty Dead (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

A Groovy Kind of Love
Performed by Phil Collins
Composed by Toni Wine
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Courtesy of EMI Music
Published by (c) 1965 Screengems-EMI Music Inc.
Sub-published by Screengems-EMI Music Ltd.
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So so. The 1963 Great Train Robbery
25 November 2007 | by jubilee77See all my reviews

I have waited long enough to comment about this film about the 1963 Great Train Robbery. The reconstructed scenarios of the 1960s era may be good and Phil Collins as one of the robbers and flower seller Ronald "Buster" Edwards is quite good while Larry Lamb looks almost strikingly like gang leader Bruce Reynolds in this rather underrated film. Of course, if its underrated then its not hard to understand the reason why because controversially, the film has some criticism for glorifying on what remains the biggest robbery in criminal history for £2.5 million was a lot for its time. Worst, the train driver Jack Mills sustained head injuries in the ambush attack and never recovered from his ordeal therefore dying six years later from leukaemia. These men were just criminals and do not deserved to be praised like this on film with most of them returning to their lives of crime and Buster Edwards does not "steal your heart". Yet it now seems to be that many years after the robbery, most of the gang members have long since disappeared just like most of the money and in 1994, a depressed Buster Edwards hanged himself in a disused garage near London's Waterloo Station where he traded as a flower seller.


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