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Buster (1988)

This movie is based on the story of Ronald Christopher "Buster" Edwards, one of the thieves involved in "The Great Train Robbery" of 1963.

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David Green

Writer:

Colin Shindler (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Collins ... Buster
Julie Walters ... June
Larry Lamb ... Bruce
Stephanie Lawrence Stephanie Lawrence ... Franny
Ellie Beaven Ellie Beaven ... Nicky
Michael Attwell ... Harry
Ralph Brown ... Ronny
Christopher Ellison ... George
Sheila Hancock ... Mrs. Rothery
Martin Jarvis ... Inspector Mitchell
Clive Wood ... Sergeant Chalmers
Anthony Quayle ... Sir James McDowell
Michael Byrne ... Poyser
Harold Innocent ... Justice Parry
Rupert Vansittart ... Fairclough
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Storyline

Ronald Christopher "Buster" Edwards is a small time crook who pulls a big time job. When he finds that the police will not let the case drop, he goes into hiding and can't contact his wife and child. He arranges to meet them in Mexico where he thinks they can begin again, but finds that he must choose between his family and freedom. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Phil Collins is BUSTER See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Grande Golpada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$265,038, 27 November 1988

Gross USA:

$540,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$540,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Fictional headlines seen on DVD covers and movie posters from "The Daily Express" newspaper state "BUSTER STILL AT LARGE" and "£1,000,000 BIGGEST EVER MAIL ROBBERY". See more »

Goofs

In the opening scenes, when Buster walks off wearing a new suit he has just stolen, a Vespa P range motor scooter is visible. That model was introduced in 1977. See more »

Quotes

June Edwards: [when discussing buying a house worth £3,000] You could get a mortgage like other people!
Buster Edwards: Do what?
June Edwards: Borrow it from a bank.
Buster Edwards: Well, I *do* borrow from banks, that is my job.
June Edwards: I mean with their permission
Buster Edwards: I thought you needed a reference to do that,
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Crazy Credits

Buster Edwards never got the deal he hoped for. On the 9th December 1966 he was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for conspiring to rob Her Majesty's Royal Mail Train. See more »

Alternate Versions

The initial U.S. release of this film had its running time cut from 102 minutes to 94 minutes by its U.S. distributor, Hemdale Films. The subsequent video release by HBO Home Video was based on this edited version, however, a more recent release by MGM Home Video includes the complete film uncut. See more »


Soundtracks

Big Noise
Written by Lamont Dozier / Phil Collins
Courtesy of Hit & Run Music Ltd./Buster Films Ltd.
Published by Philip Collins Ltd./Hit & Run Music (Publishing) Ltd./Warner Brothers Music
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So so. The 1963 Great Train Robbery
25 November 2007 | by jubilee77See all my reviews

I have waited long enough to comment about this film about the 1963 Great Train Robbery. The reconstructed scenarios of the 1960s era may be good and Phil Collins as one of the robbers and flower seller Ronald "Buster" Edwards is quite good while Larry Lamb looks almost strikingly like gang leader Bruce Reynolds in this rather underrated film. Of course, if its underrated then its not hard to understand the reason why because controversially, the film has some criticism for glorifying on what remains the biggest robbery in criminal history for £2.5 million was a lot for its time. Worst, the train driver Jack Mills sustained head injuries in the ambush attack and never recovered from his ordeal therefore dying six years later from leukaemia. These men were just criminals and do not deserved to be praised like this on film with most of them returning to their lives of crime and Buster Edwards does not "steal your heart". Yet it now seems to be that many years after the robbery, most of the gang members have long since disappeared just like most of the money and in 1994, a depressed Buster Edwards hanged himself in a disused garage near London's Waterloo Station where he traded as a flower seller.


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