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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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The true story of a heist gone wrong... in all the right ways. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The original script and production title was "Baker Street". See more »

Goofs

A shot of the exterior of Edgware Road station shows a sign pointing to the 'Hammersmith and City' Line. This wasn't named as such until 1998 and would therefore have still been called the Metropolitan Line in 1970. 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

Remade as Naanayam (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

History of Jamaica
Written by Erlando Neil & Nkrumah Manley Thomas
Performed by Early B
Notting Hill Music Ltd/Rufus Music Ltd
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd
Licensed Courtesy of Acid Jazz Records
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I'll Throw a Brick at You!
11 March 2008 | by WriterDaveSee all my reviews

Sold to the American public as another D-level action pic staring Jason Statham, "The Bank Job" is actually a crafty British heist flick based on an incredible true story. The screenwriters deserve credit for creating a serviceable script with so many intertwining stories based on little actual evidence, conjecture, here-say, and conspiracy theories revolving around royal and political sex scandals, militant Caribbean drug lords, undercover MI5 agents, bumbling crooks, crooked cops, and double-crosses and cover-ups. It could've easily been a confusing mess, but providing the viewer pays attention, "The Bank Job" gets the job done as crackerjack entertainment.

Though aptly directed by veteran Roger Donaldson, the film does suffer from an overly salacious opening ten minutes designed to grab the audience's attention, some shoddy editing, and an intrusively bad action-style music score. There's also an attention to 1970's period detail in the dialogue and clothes that comes across as caricature and adds an accidentally humorous undertone to the otherwise cold-as-ice affair. However, the details of the "truth is stranger than fiction" tale and the fun had by the ensemble cast make for a breezy way to spend a few hours.

Donaldson also has an eye for the ladies. Led by a smashingly gorgeous Saffron Burrows (looking like a European version of Michelle Pfeiffer circa 1992), the powerful women depicted in "The Bank Job" are far more than just eye candy. Statham is also fairly good as the head of the bank robbing crew, and when he finally throws a brick at a guy near the end of the film, it will put a smile on any action fan's face.

Things get tidied up a bit too nicely in the end, where it seems only the really villainous characters have to face justice, but before the credits role, there are a series of real-life epilogued details plastered on the screen that make the viewer realize maybe this all really did happen. Now that's a jolly good show.


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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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