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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.

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James Marsh

Writers:

Joe Penhall (screenplay), Mark Seal (magazine article)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Caine ... Brian Reader
Jim Broadbent ... Terry Perkins
Michael Gambon ... Billy the Fish Lincoln
Charlie Cox ... Basil
Francesca Annis ... Lynne Reader
Ray Winstone ... Danny Jones
Tom Courtenay ... John Kenny Collins
Paul Whitehouse ... Carl Wood
Kellie Shirley ... Terri Robinson
Martha Howe-Douglas ... Lip Reader
Matt Bardock Matt Bardock ... Detective Inspector Johnson
Keely Cat Wells ... Ballerina
Deborah Rock ... Jeweller / Passerby
Marian Lorencik ... Worker in a Scarp Metal Yard
Adam Leese ... Frankie
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Over the Hill Mob See more »

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Color:

Color | Black and White (some scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On March 15, 2019, Michael Seed was found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court, of conspiracy to burgle, having being identified as "Basil". See more »

Goofs

When inside the car where Carl (Paul Whitehouse) and Danny (Ray Winstone) were talking to each other. Carl was shown throwing off the cigarette butt off the window before shutting close the car window. There's even an audio in the background of it. Then when the camera changed angle from behind of Carl, the window can be seen to be open again. See more »

Quotes

Brian Reader: I'll have you for chunks!
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Watcha Gonna Do
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A metaphor for the actors themselves.
14 September 2018 | by nrmurraySee all my reviews

This film very much feels like a metaphor for the actors themselves, one last go at making some money and it all going wrong.

The film didn't know what it wanted to be, a gritty crime drama or last of the summer wine.

No back story on the gang at all apart from 10 seconds of old footage. We're rushed into the heist scene and before you know it it's all done and dusted. That leaves time for endless squabbling of characters you don't really know anything about.

A strange casting with Michael Gambon, arguably the best actor there - cast as a bumbling idiot. Jim Broadbent playing the nasty hard man, which just doesn't suit him given the film's we're all used to seeing him in.

Ray Winston was good and played well throughout the film, but again a very tenuous relationship to the gang and zero back story makes it hard to get involved with the characters.

The production quality for me was also let down, had the feel of a low budget tv drama, though I suspect this is because they clearly blew the budget on the cast.

I'd save this one for a long haul flight or when it's free on Amazon.


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