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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

During the shooting at the Dublin train station, a diesel locomotive had leaked a large quantity of fuel onto the tracks by the platform. When the production's steam engine rolled onto the same tracks, embers spewing from the underside of the locomotive ignited the fuel soaked track, momentarily producing a very large fire within the station. See more »

Goofs

Pierce and Agar use an electric torch in the cellar. In 1855. 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 »


Soundtracks

Champagne Charlie
Music by Alfred Lee with lyrics by George Leybourne
Heard on violin offstage in bordello
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"I wanted the money."
21 October 2007 | by dkncdSee all my reviews

"The Great Train Robbery" is based on a novel by Michael Crichton. It features the efforts of a band of three to rob gold kept in elaborate safes on a train leaving England to support the Crimean War. The film's costumes, elaborate sets and a score from Jerry Goldsmith are impeccable at creating a sense of Victorian England.

Sean Connery is charming as Edward Pierce, who leads the robbers. Donald Sutherland has a memorable role as Robert Agar, a top-rate thief and accomplice to Pierce. Lesley-Anne Down plays Miriam, Pierce's enchanting female companion who has no scruples about using her womanly charms.

The film follows the elaborate and interesting lengths that the gang must go to before they can even board the train. The elements of a great caper film are there: split-second decisions, tension and improvisations when plans go awry. The film also benefits from a lot of well-placed humor. "The Great Train Robbery" proves to remain interesting throughout the build up to and during the robbery.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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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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