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A true crime film 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

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

Credited cast:
Michael Caine ... Brian Reader
Charlie Cox ... Basil
Michael Gambon ... Billy the Fish Lincoln
Jim Broadbent ... Terry Perkins
Ray Winstone ... Danny Jones
Francesca Annis ... Lynne Reader
Tom Courtenay ... John Kenny Collins
Paul Whitehouse ... Carl Wood
Kellie Shirley ... Terri Robinson
Keely Cat Wells ... Ballerina
Martha Howe-Douglas ... Lip Reader
Ann Akin ... DC Amy
Bernardo Santos ... Police Officer
Fran Targ ... Hasidic Jew
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 £200 million 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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The unbelievable true story of the Hatton Garden heist. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

The retro shot at the end of the film of a young Ray Winstone is from the 1979 film SCUM. See more »

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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 »

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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 The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) See more »

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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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