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King of Thieves (2018)

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A true crime movie about a crew of retired crooks who pull off a major heist in London's jewelry district. What starts off as their last criminal hurrah, quickly turns into a brutal nightmare due to greed. Based on infamous true events.


James Marsh


Joe Penhall (screenplay), Mark Seal (magazine article)
1,522 ( 145)
1 nomination. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Michael Caine ... Brian Reader
Michael Gambon ... Billy the Fish Lincoln
Charlie Cox ... Basil
Francesca Annis ... Lynne Reader
Jim Broadbent ... Terry Perkins
Ray Winstone ... Danny Jones
Tom Courtenay ... John Kenny Collins
Martha Howe-Douglas ... Lip Reader
Paul Whitehouse ... Carl Wood
Kellie Shirley ... Terri Robinson
Matt Bardock Matt Bardock ... Detective Inspector Johnson
Keely Cat Wells ... Ballerina
Ann Akin ... DC Amy
Marian Lorencik ... Worker in a Scarp Metal Yard
Alex Klaus ... Undercover Officer


Based on infamous true events, a famous thief, Brian Reader (Sir Michael Caine), pulls together a band of misfit criminals to plot the biggest bank heist in British history. The thieves manage to escape with allegedly over two hundred million British pounds worth of stolen jewels and money. When Police are called to the scene and the investigation starts, the cracks between the eccentric gang members begin to show as they row over how to share the goods and become increasingly distrustful of each other. Written by Saban Films

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One high security vault. Millions up for grabs. One hell of a retirement fund. See more »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Over the Hill Mob See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs



Color | Black and White (some scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The events depicted in this movie are, astonishingly, based on a true story. During the Easter bank holiday period of April 2015, a gang of middle-aged and O.A.P. veteran criminals really did break into the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company in central London using the methods depicted in this movie and stole somewhere between fourteen million to twenty-five million British pounds worth of valuables from safe deposit boxes (the exact amount is unclear as customers with safe deposit boxes didn't necessarily want to report what their boxes contained). The initial success and surprise of the robbery, however, was short-lived, as the perpetrators were caught within a matter of a few weeks by Police after modern crime solving methods and clumsiness by the thieves themselves resulted in a string of arrests. See more »


Charlie is seen taking trips to and from Kent on HS1. In one shot the train changes from high speed overhead operation to third rail slower main line operation, then immediately afterwards changes back to HS1 track. See more »


Basil: [To Brian Reader, referring to the other gang members who contradicted his version of events ; and quoting Mandy Rice-Davies from her London-based "Scandal" testimony ] They would say that, wouldn't they ?
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References Quadrophenia (1979) See more »


The Party's Over
Written by Betty Comden/Adolph Green/Jule Styne
Performed by Shirley Bassey
Courtesy of BBC Studios
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What did you expect?
15 January 2019 | by gy-attSee all my reviews

For those who say this movie is slow and low budget: what did you expect? This is not Transformers, there is no Mark Wahlberg or Bruce Willis from the 90's, no CGI, no John Woo feat. Michael Bay. This is just a well delivered true story, brought to you by many of the best actors of our time. And it does not want to be more, so why do you?

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