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The Great Train Robbery (1978)

The First Great Train Robbery (original title)
England, 1850s. A master criminal aims to rob a train of a large sum of gold. Security is incredibly tight and the task seems an impossible one. However, he has a plan and just the right people to carry it out.

Director:

Michael Crichton

Writers:

Michael Crichton (screenplay by), Michael Crichton (based on his novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Pierce
Donald Sutherland ... Agar
Lesley-Anne Down ... Miriam
Alan Webb ... Trent
Malcolm Terris ... Fowler
Robert Lang ... Sharp
Michael Elphick ... Burgess
Wayne Sleep Wayne Sleep ... Clean Willy
Pamela Salem ... Emily Trent
Gabrielle Lloyd ... Elizabeth Trent
George Downing George Downing ... Barlow
James Cossins ... Harranby
John Bett John Bett ... McPherson
Peter Benson ... Station Despatcher
Janine Duvitski ... Maggie
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Sutherland and Connery wish to rob a moving train's safe in Victorian England. They need wax impressions of keys, coffins, dead cats, and a great deal of planning in order to pull it off. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Never have so few taken so much from so many.


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Trivia

When she saw the movie, Sir Sean Connery's wife Micheline was furious at him for doing his own dangerous stunt work on top of the train. See more »

Goofs

During the 'raid' on the brothel and in some other scenes, two-tone police whistles are blown. These whistles were not in use by British police forces until the 1870s. Constables in 1855 used a type of football rattle to call for assistance. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Edward Pierce: [narration] In the year 1855, England and France were at war with Russia in the Crimea. The English troops were paid in gold. Once a month, twenty-five thousand pounds in gold was loaded into strongboxes inside the London bank of Huddleston and Bradford and taken by trusted armed guards to the railway station. The convoy followed no fixed route or timetable. At the station, the gold was loaded into the luggage van of the Folkestone train for shipment to the coast and from there to ...
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Alternate Versions

Under the terms of the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937 all UK versions of the film are cut by 32 secs with edits to a scene where a dog hunts and kills rats in a show arena ('ratting'). See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

""Pretty Polly Perkins of Paddington Green"
Written by Harry Clifton
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Interesting and entertaining
18 November 2002 | by Lucho-5See all my reviews

First of all, I must admit that I watched this movie because I had just finished to read Michael Crichton's book. I was not expecting a movie so intriguing and so interesting as the novel. But it was a surprise. Despite the omitted details it becomes a very well made movie. The Connery and Sutherland's performances are great, so I must recommend it if you like suspense. Although the book is better than the film, you must consider it is a 1978 movie and the resources in the making during that year were different than those available nowadays.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Train Robbery See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$391,942, 4 February 1979

Gross USA:

$13,027,857

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,027,857
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby (as Dolby Sound)

Color:

Black and White (sepia colour) (opening sequence) (closing sequence)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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