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In Britain, at the dawn of jet-powered commercial aviation, an aircraft manufacturer tries to shift the blame from mechanical failure to pilot error when its newest jet airliner has a series of accidents.
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
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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 »
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 »
Closing credits epilogue: TO DATE ONLY HALF A MILLION POUNDS HAS BEEN RECOVERED BY SCOTLAND YARD. See more »
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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