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The Bank Job (2008)

Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry along with a treasure trove of dirty secrets.

Director:

Roger Donaldson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Statham ... Terry Leather
Saffron Burrows ... Martine Love
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Kevin Swain
Daniel Mays ... Dave Shilling
James Faulkner ... Guy Singer
Alki David ... Bambas
Michael Jibson ... Eddie Burton
Georgia Taylor ... Ingrid Burton
Richard Lintern ... Tim Everett
Peter Bowles ... Miles Urquart
Alistair Petrie ... Philip Lisle
Hattie Morahan ... Gale Benson
Julian Lewis Jones ... Snow
Andrew Brooke ... Quinn
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ... Lord Drysdale (as Rupert Fraser)
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Storyline

Business is slow for Terry Leather, a London car dealer, married with children. He's an artful dodger, so Martine, a former model with a thing for him, brings him her scheme: a bank's alarm is off for a couple weeks, so let's tunnel into the vault. He assembles a team, not realizing her real goal is a safe-deposit box with compromising photos of a royal: she needs the photos to trade for avoiding a jail sentence - and MI-5, or is it MI-6, is pulling the strings two steps removed. A Trinidadian thug, a high-end bordello owner, and a pornographer also have things stored in the vault, so the break-in threatens many a powerful personage. Is there any way these amateurs can pull it off? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Based on a true story See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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The character of Lew Vogel is based on the exploits of Bernard Silver. See more »

Goofs

The use of the thermal lance is unrealistic. A skilled operator would check the gases are on and at the correct pressure before ignition, rather than relying on a third party to "turn on the oxygen" at the cylinder. As both the oxy-acetylene torch and the lance have shutoff valves, the operator could isolate all the gases if required. Since Bambas was the expert on drilling / tunneling, it is unlikely he would have allowed anyone else to operate the lance, as they would have had no experience of it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Eddie Burton: [while drilling a mileage meter back] Another Terry Leather low mileage gem.
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer: "The names of many people identified in this film have been changed to protect the guilty." See more »

Connections

References Shifty (2008) See more »

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Hey There
Written by Kris Schroeder & Gotye
Performed by The Basics
Published by Origin Music Publishing
Licensed Courtesy of Origin Music
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Above Average Caper Flick
17 March 2008 | by ericjamsSee all my reviews

As caper flicks go, all I really hope for is something that succeeds in being both novel and entertaining. My hopes were satisfied by The Bank Job. The plot itself is based very loosely on events that occurred in the 1970s in London. The royal family has some dark secrets. An outspoken activist/petty criminal/drug importer has evidence of these secrets, which he uses as leverage against the government who desperately wants to prosecute him. This evidence is stored in a safety deposit box within a London bank. British Intelligence conjures up a rather reckless plan of employing a bunch of two-bit/amateur criminals to break into the vault, and take the evidence along with whatever else they can carry out. Apart from one intermediary, none of the robbers know the government's secret agenda. Of course, things get complicated whenever the possibility that a bunch of dirty secrets are in the wrong hands, and eventually the movie juggles several interconnecting plot lines, all related to the contents of the vault and their implication on various interests from the royal family, to corrupt police, to the sexual indiscretions of parliament members.

The movie keeps a good pace and never takes itself too seriously. It builds up the plot lines and tries somewhat successfully to tie everything together. There is some good tension, a bit of violence (not much), and eventually, vindication for most of the parties.

The problems with the movie are numerous, but nothing that ultimately destroys the fun. Yes the movie is rife with inexplicably, unnecessary side characters (see female undercover agent in the Caribbean). Yes the movie's dialogue veers into indecipherable 1970s British slang, which gives a comedic undertone to conversations that are intended to be serious. Yes there exist rampant plot issues that make you wonder how stupid cops really are. And yes the acting is OK, at best, lets face it Jason Stracham is meant for British caper movies the way Keanu Reeves is meant to play a clueless surfer cop in Point Break - so while he's not winning any Academies, he fits these rolls just fine.

You could wait for the DVD, or if you are looking for a fun way to kill 2 hours, you should go to the theater for this one.


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Release Date:

7 March 2008 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,935,256, 9 March 2008

Gross USA:

$30,060,660

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,828,421
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