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Plunkett & Macleane (1999)

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Two robbers are persecuted by the law, whose servants are not much better and even worse.

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Jake Scott

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Selwyn Roberts (earlier screenplay), Robert Wade (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonny Lee Miller ... Macleane
Iain Robertson ... Highwayman Rob
Robert Carlyle ... Plunkett
Ken Stott ... Chance
Tommy Flanagan ... Eddie
Stephen Walters ... Dennis
James Thornton James Thornton ... Catchpole
Terence Rigby ... Harrison
Christian Camargo ... Lord Pelham
Karel Polisenský Karel Polisenský ... Newgate Priest
Neve McIntosh ... Liz
Matt Lucas ... Sir Oswald
David Walliams ... Viscount Bilston
David Foxxe David Foxxe ... Lord Ketch
Jake Gavin Jake Gavin ... Newgate Gent
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Storyline

Will Plunkett (Robert Carlyle) and Captain James Macleane (Jonny Lee Miller), two men from different ends of the social spectrum in eighteenth century England, enter a gentlemen's agreement: They decide to rid the aristocrats of their belongings. With Plunkett's criminal know-how and Macleane's social connections, they team up to be soon known as "The Gentlemen Highwaymen". But when one day these gentlemen hold up Lord Chief Justice Gibson's (Sir Michael Gambon's) coach, Macleane instantly falls in love with his beautiful and cunning niece, Lady Rebecca Gibson (Liv Tyler). Unfortunately, Thief Taker General Chance (Ken Stott), who also is quite fond of Rebecca, is getting closer and closer to getting both: The Gentlemen Highwaymen and Rebecca, who, needless to say, don't want to get any closer to him. But Plunkett still has a thing to sort out with Chance, and his impulsiveness gets all of them in a little trouble. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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They rob from the rich ... and just keep it. [USA DVD Cover] See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Plunkett & Macleane See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$244,765, 3 October 1999

Gross USA:

$474,900

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$474,900
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Comedy duo Matt Lucas and David Walliams made cameos as Sir Oswald and Viscount Bilston. See more »

Goofs

1-4 days after having sex with Lady D'Arcy, Macleane complains of having "the pox" (syphilis) and that his genitals are a "disaster area". This is impossible - syphilis symptoms take at least a week to develop and are initially (for the first few weeks) painless and very minor. However, given that medical science and knowledge were fairly rudimentary in the 18th century, it could be that Macleane had picked up a different STD and was getting it confused with syphilis. But even then, STDs do not generally show noticeable symptoms within such a short time of exposure. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Judge Beresteade: Captain James Macleane, for drunkenness, unruly behavior, causing an affray and disturbing the King's, I hereby sentence you to be placed in the Knightsbridge debtors' jail and to be held there until you are sober. Take him away.
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Crazy Credits

The person in charge of overseeing the duel between Chance and Plunkett is listed as the "Dual Referee". See more »

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Referenced in Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000) See more »

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Written & Performed by Craig Armstrong
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Big frocks, big choons, big laughs and edge of seat stuff
17 April 1999 | by QuinsterSee all my reviews

Ah, how refreshing to see a vision of 18th century England complete with mud, the pox and gibbets... and accompanied by a delightful techno soundtrack to boot. This is the story of downtrodden highwayman Plunkett (Robert Carlisle) and Gentleman-fallen-on-hard-times Captain Macleane (Jonny Lee Miller), and how they get together and rob the aristo pigs. Plunkett is a hard nut, but MaCleane is far too polite for that, and thus becomes 'the gentleman highwayman'. He falls in love with Lady Rebecca (Liv Tyler), (who to be frank is the only weak part of the whole shebang) and wants to impress her.

The costumes are fantastic. Big, colourful, historically innacurate beautiful togs. Alan Cummings gets all the best threads, and the best lines as Lord Rochester, sporting a very non-18th century eyebrow piercing. The music shifts between swooping glorious choirs and thumping bass-laden techno, which doesn't jarr as you think it should do in a historical film. The script is fast-moving and peppered with modern-day colloquialisms; Merchant Ivory, this is not. There are hilarious parts, disgusting parts, sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat-and-nibble-your-fingernails parts, but the whole thing chugs along and is wonderfully entertaining throughout. This is cheer-in-the-cinema stuff. Unmissable.


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