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A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979)

| Comedy, Crime | 1979 (UK)
Pinky is released from prison and has decided to go straight from now on, but accidentally getting himself a job as a maintenance man at a large bank, gives him a lot of undue attention ... See full summary »

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Pinky
Oliver Tobias ...
Foxy
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Ivan
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Miss Pelham
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Ma
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Inspector Watford
Michael Angelis ...
Pealer Bell
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Charlie the Chubb
Brian Croucher ...
Gregory Peck
Derek Deadman ...
Nobby Flowers
James Galloway ...
Aussie
Charlie Hawkins ...
Clint
Anthony Heaton ...
Legs Eleven
Davy Kaye ...
Sid the Yid
Brian Protheroe ...
Stan the Spinner
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Pinky is released from prison and has decided to go straight from now on, but accidentally getting himself a job as a maintenance man at a large bank, gives him a lot of undue attention from Ivan the Terrible, the local hoodlum. By using Pinky, Ivan hopes to rob the bank, and Pinky starts to liken to the idea of going back to his old ways. Written by Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Based on one of the biggest robberies in London

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Comedy | Crime

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The movie is loosely based on the 1975 Bank of America robbery. The robbers managed to steal £8 million and, as the closing credits state, just £500,000 has been recovered. At the time, police believed the robbery to be the world's biggest.

Seven men were convicted for the crime in 1976, including an electrician who worked at the bank. Many of the details of the crime - a failed first attempt, the method by which the safe combination was obtained, and the escape of one gang member - are accurately reproduced in this movie. The gang received jail sentences totaling almost 100 years.

In his summing up, Judge Alan King-Hamilton said he was determined the thieves would not enjoy the missing £7.5 million, "What has been concealed will remain salted away so far as you are concerned for a great many years. Whatever has happened to it, it will not be used for your benefit." See more »

Goofs

In an early panning shot, we see an Arab passenger get out of a 1976 Cadillac Seville sedan outside the A&P Bank. These cars were never available as RHD, so a front-seat passenger, dressed as chauffeur, gets out and opens the O/S door. This is a farcical set-up, as he should have exited the front N/S (LH) door, and opened the rear N/S door for his passenger, avoiding the risk of following traffic-absurd!.. See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: TO DATE ONLY HALF A MILLION POUNDS HAS BEEN RECOVERED BY SCOTLAND YARD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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A Nightengale Sang In Berkeley Square
, arranged and produced by Pierre Tubbs, and sung by Polly Cutter (uncredited)
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Good 70s caper
6 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

Just ingenious enough to be plausible and still a lot of fun, this is a pure slice of the 1970s (Even the cops need haircuts badly!). Shot in and around London, the plot of the American ex-con who tries going straight but finds himself sent as an electrician to a bank in Mayfair, and then has the screws put on by crime lord David Niven, and finds himself plotting the crime of the century is well-handled.

I liked its simplicity and even innocence, it harks back to a time when caper films where just that, a caper, and violence wasn't a part of the deal.

All in all you could do a lot worse than watch this: it has enough twists and turns to give it some oomph and a cast that obviously had fun making it.

Nicely made and watchable.


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