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.
A two-part drama which portrays The Great Train Robbery of 8 August 1963, firstly from the point of view of the robbers and then from the point of view of the police who set out to identify and catch the robbers.
Tom Logan is a railroad detective. Tom takes it upon himself to halt the activities of his crooked brother Duke. Duke and his henchman have stolen an entire gold train, including the ... See full summary »
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When it came to casting and shooting the ratting scene, the crew were somewhat closemouthed about discussing certain details with writer and director Michael Crichton. They presented only one dog (not several candidates) and told him that this was the dog he definitely wanted. Likewise, they didn't explain much as to how they would set up the activity in the ratting pit. Only when it came time for the shoot did Crichton realize they had acquired an actual ratting dog and had captured live sewer rats, which the dog killed by biting and snapping their necks with a vigorous shake. Crichton said that the R.S.P.C.A. did find out what was happening and confronted them about it, but no legal action resulted. See more »
At c. 80 minutes the guard remarks that the run between Redhill and Ashford is the fastest part of their journey. This is perfectly correct. Although Redhill (in Surrey) is on a completely different railway line from Ashford (in Kent), the original railway to Folkestone went this way and this was the route until the South East Mainline was built, in 1868, a decade after this film was set. (And Redhill to Ashford is a very straight, flat and fast route.) See more »
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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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 »
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Interesting and entertaining
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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