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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.

Director:

James Marsh

Writers:

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

Credited cast:
Michael Caine ... Brian Reader
Francesca Annis ... Lynne Reader
Michael Gambon ... Billy the Fish Lincoln
Charlie Cox ... Basil
Jim Broadbent ... Terry Perkins
Ray Winstone ... Danny Jones
Tom Courtenay ... John Kenny Collins
Paul Whitehouse ... Carl Wood
Martha Howe-Douglas ... Lip Reader
Ann Akin ... DC Amy
Ben Willbond ... Building Society Branch Manager
Kellie Shirley ... Terri Robinson
Matt Bardock Matt Bardock ... Detective Inspector Johnson
Josephine Butler ... Chic Woman
Keely Cat Wells ... Ballerina
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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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It's never too late to earn. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

References Quadrophenia (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Watcha' Gonna Do
Written by Chuck Willis
Performed by Tom Jones
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Ltd
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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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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Country:

UK | Belgium | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Over the Hill Mob See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,502, 27 January 2019

Gross USA:

$7,518

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,353,515
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Color:

Color | Black and White (some scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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