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.
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
The song playing over the main titles is "What'cha Gonna Do About It" by British group The Small Faces. In 1965, The Small Faces appeared in a British film "Dateline Diamonds" which featured a diamond heist from Hatton Gardens as a plot point. See more »
Several times in the film, Kenny's mouth does not move when he is saying a line. For instance, when he is in the pub and is offered a double shot of vodka, "Why not?" is heard, but it is clearly ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement). See more »
[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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Watcha' Gonna Do
Written by Chuck Willis
Performed by Tom Jones
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Ltd
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd See more »
A metaphor for the actors themselves.
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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