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Robbery

1967 1h 54m Mystery & Thriller List
80% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 82% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Based on the infamous "Great Train Robbery," this film follows Paul Clifton (Stanley Baker) as he forms a team to carry out an ambitious heist of cash from a government mail train traveling from Scotland to London. Clifton feels it necessary to add incarcerated money expert Robinson (Frank Finlay) to the group, so he organizes a jailbreak to free him as well. Although the theft succeeds, the criminals are still hounded by Scotland Yard detective Langdon (James Booth). Read More Read Less

Critics Reviews

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Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times We don't need to be told why a man would rob a bank; we just want to know how he gets away with it, right? Rated: 3/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Sarah Boslaugh TheArtsStl ...an old-school procedural, expertly shot by Douglas Slocombe... Rated: 7/10 May 21, 2019 Full Review Kent Turner Film-Forward.com A forensic examination of the making of a crime, Robbery keeps pace with other '60s capers (Topkapi) and overtakes others (The Italian Job). Rated: 3/4 Feb 17, 2011 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It's only routine cops and robbers doings. Rated: B- Oct 28, 2008 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 8, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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steven a Yates directs with an eye for detail, letting the images and occasional dialogue tell the story. The opening diamond caper and subsequent car chase are exciting and would lead Yates to BULLITT a year later. Baker gives a reliably effective performance and is well supported by Booth and Finlay. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Shioka O I like the opening car-chase. It reminds me that of Bullitt by the same director, though its not as great as that. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 10/18/22 Full Review Audience Member Bare bones heist romp around London town. A little slow at time but showcases some embryonic Yates flare. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A bit like a cross between The Sweeney and The Italian Job, this starts off very well indeed with the first 15mins consisting almost entirely of exciting car chases between lots of Jags and long-forgotten British cars. The rest is quite inevitably a bit of an anti-climax, until the actual robbery which is somewhat marred by horrible 60s incidental music, mumbled dialogue and a few none-too-credible turns of plot. Watch the first 15mins. 6.75/10 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Watched a classic movie after a long time ! Well, "Robbery" is not on par with "The Great Train Robbery" novel but a decent entertainer with twist in the tale. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member This should be renamed 'How To Commit A Robbery' such as the fantastic detail the film has about the planning and carrying out a robbery. It is basically a dramatization of The Great Train Robbery, and it is such a good story and so well detailed. The film is quite well paced, in the first 10 minutes of the film there is quite an epic car chase. The story of the robbery is shown right through from its planning in minute detail, to the robbery itself and to the getaway. The story is shown from both sides; the robbers and the police which allow the story to be followed a lot easier But due to the film's detail the story can sometimes seem to drag and is slow in some places. Stanley baker plays the leader of the gang of robbers and plays the role very well giving a very commanding and confident performance. James Booth plays the Police Inspector very well as a very clever and a bit of a laid back. Both characters are evenly matched against each other and you're always wondering who will out-wit the other in the end. Overall what this makes this film so good is its minute detail. In some areas this is its weakness and the film drags slightly. It is also well acted especially by Baker and Booth and it really is a very good crime thriller. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Based on the infamous "Great Train Robbery," this film follows Paul Clifton (Stanley Baker) as he forms a team to carry out an ambitious heist of cash from a government mail train traveling from Scotland to London. Clifton feels it necessary to add incarcerated money expert Robinson (Frank Finlay) to the group, so he organizes a jailbreak to free him as well. Although the theft succeeds, the criminals are still hounded by Scotland Yard detective Langdon (James Booth).
Director
Peter Yates
Producer
Stanley Baker, Michael Deeley
Screenwriter
Edward Boyd, Peter Yates, George Markstein
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 54m