What a cracking film this is. So many really great things to mention about this - plot, detail, fine acting - it's a must I think. The first 30 minutes or so in particular are action stations and this arguably better than the robbery itself for me.
I agree jno.
The planning of the robbery and getting to know the characters etc. not to mention the carchase are the best parts in the film for me too.
I watched the docu on the BluRay the other day ... great stuff I thought and another good reason to get it. I had no idea about the goings on with Stanley Baker regarding production and a few nice little anecdotes from Glynn Edwards too.
One of the few BluRay disks I own but well worth it!
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.
Post by maninasuitcase on Oct 16, 2019 7:13:42 GMT
Robbery (1967) UK BD
Quite simply it is one of the best ever British Crime Films. It is absolutely first rate and all filmed on location from January to March 1967.
It has got everything, a great car chase, quality villains and The Sweeney lead by one Glynn Edwards. It also helped that the film was directed by Peter Yates. Glynn's name is spelt wrong in the end credits.
Based on The Great Train Robbery which took place 3 1/2 years before the film was made this is an incredibly exciting film and must have been a big influence on the TV series of 'The Sweeney' 7 years later.
This film was certified U on release in 1967. Quite why is anyone's guess. There are 5 uses of the word "bl00dy" and one "barsteward" plus some minor violence when the train driver gets coshed, etc. It is now certified PG.
The film was produced by and starred in by the late, great Sir Stanley Baker. Stanley's toupee looks pretty bad though especially in HD. The rest of the cast is made up of a Who's Who of great British actors: Barry Foster, Frank Finlay, George Sewell, John Savident, James Booth, William Marlowe, Ivor (Inspector Teal) Dean, Mike Pratt, Robert Powell and Frank (Vicar in Dad's Army) Williams.
Bizarrely Joanna Pettet is credited second on the credits as she is only seen for less than 7 minutes as Baker's long suffering wife. She was 24 and Baker 38. The only reason for her being credited so highly must have been the fact that she had been a Bond Girl 12 months previously when 'Casino Royale' was shot. I presume Stanley Baker thought that the film would propel her to worldwide fame. After all Bond pictures had been mega hits especially the most recent 'Thunderball' in 1965. Little did Stanley know that the unofficial Bond picture would sink faster than the Belgrano after a roasting from the critics. 'Casino Royale' didn't get released until the summer of 1967 and 'Robbery' was slightly later. I think Joanna does a really good job with her small role. It was hardly stretching her talents but she does well. Vanessa Redgrave was offered the part first but turned it down.
Who got paid what?
Stanley Baker £35K Joanna Pettet £5K (for 4 or 5 days work!!) Over £86K in today's money. James Booth £3250 Rest of the cast were paid between £75 - £150 per week. Extras £15 per day although some real policemen were used and they only got £5 a day.
The pq on the Network BD is superb.
] Brand-new interview with Michael Deeley recorded for this release  Cinema: Stanley Baker – an archive interview from 1972  German film The Great Train Robbery  Waiting for the Signal: The Making of Robbery – brand-new documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew  Behind-the-scenes footage – archive news footage of the filming at Market Harborough  Image gallery - posters, lobby cards, memorabilia and production stills