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Black Velvet Band (1997)


Robert Knights


Jonathan Critchley (screenplay), Chris McHallem (created by)


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Credited cast:
Nick Berry Nick Berry ... Martin Tusco
Todd Carty ... Pentecost
Chris McHallem Chris McHallem ... Shut-Eye
Stephen Marcus ... Nudge
Amy Marston ... Half-Pint
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Atkinson Michael Atkinson ... Lord George Grey
Nick Boraine ... Grey's Private secretary (as Nick Borrain)
Michael Brunner Michael Brunner ... Piet
John Carson ... Col. Rowan
Gabriella Cirillo ... Louisa
Jackie Davids Jackie Davids ... Mrs. Rex
Frantz Dobrowsky Frantz Dobrowsky ... Leach
Ralph Draper Ralph Draper ... Magistrate
Desmond Dube Desmond Dube ... Undertaker's assistant
Alex Ferns Alex Ferns ... Maj. Watson


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UK | South Africa



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24 December 1997 (UK) See more »


Box Office


£1,200,000 (estimated)
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That Rarity - A British Western set in South Africa!
26 July 2006 | by therumpo-kidSee all my reviews

I really loved this when it was shown and can hardly believe it's nearly ten years ago. I expected it to be released on video shortly after as Nick Berry was a huge star at the time but it never appeared and has never as far as I know been shown again on television in the UK. Great plot about a gang of Victorian criminals(the Black Velvet Band) who plan an audacious theft of the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. However they are caught red-handed and transported to Australia for life. En route there ship stops in South Africa and they manage to escape from the ship and deep into the South African veldt pursued by a British officer and troops. My memory of the plot goes a bit awry here but they fall foul of a nasty local landowner and he either double-crosses them or has killed one of band and they seek revenge in a terrific shoot-out that would grace any great western. They then move on further into the veldt and decide to settle. Nick Berry was very good indeed and handled the action sequences well. All the other actors were good and the period setting was done very convincingly. Maybe it'll turn up one day on one of the satellite channels,if so don't miss it, if like me, you love westerns or western derivatives.

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