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      Crooks in Cloisters

      1963 1h 38m Comedy List
      Reviews 40% Audience Score 100+ Ratings A crook (Ronald Fraser), his moll (Barbara Windsor) and his gang pose as monks in a deserted monastery off the British coast. Read More Read Less

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      MFB Critics Monthly Film Bulletin Surprisingly, this turns out to be one of those films which are more entertaining than they look on paper. Jan 29, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Directed by Jeremy Summers, (The Punch and Judy Man (1963), Ferry Cross The Mersey (1965) and The Vengeance of Fu Manchu (1967)), this is a silly crime caper comedy about a bunch of crooks put into a fish-out-of-water scenario, it came out when the Great Train Robbery had just happened, and it sent up the robbery. It has a good little ensemble at it's heart, and it's got good locations as well. Small time gangster Little Walter (Ronald Fraser) has just pulled off the Smallest Train Robbery in the UK, and Scotland Yard, led by D.I. Mungo (Alister Williamson) is on their tails. So, Walter and his gang, which consist of Lorenzo (Grégoire Aslan), Specs (Davy Kaye), Squirts (Bernard Cribbins), Willy (Melvyn Hayes) and Bikini (Barbara Windsor) are forced to hide out on a remote Cornish island where an abandoned abbey stands. So Little Walter and his gang have to live like monks until the heat dies down. They end up adapting to their new lifestyle, and then they're discovered by fisherman Phineas (Wilfrid Brambell), who helps them out on the mainland. It's a silly film, but it's a good timepiece of Cornwall back then, and it has a cast of regulars from British TV and film at the time. You can see where the inspiration for Nuns on the Run (1990) came from watching this. This is a prime example of the type of British film that they simply don't make anymore. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Good old fashioned British comedy as a bunch of small time crooks pretend to be monks to escape the long arm of the law Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Despite a cast of good British comedy actors, they can't really do anything with a very lightweight story, the humour isn't too great either, although it is good to see Ronald Fraser in a rare lead role. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Charming 60s British comedy with a host of genial actors known from tv shows.Showing what we'd like to think the world of crime was like at this this time.Cracking acting in the Ealing comedy style. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A crook (Ronald Fraser), his moll (Barbara Windsor) and his gang pose as monks in a deserted monastery off the British coast.
      Director
      Jeremy Summers
      Screenwriter
      T.J. Morrison, Mike Watts
      Production Co
      Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC)
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Runtime
      1h 38m