A delightful cast of British all-stars, including Richard Attenborough, Bryan Forbes, and Roger Livesey, brings to life this precisely cali brated caper, which was immensely popular and influenced countless Hollywood heist films.
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Rogues in brogues. An antecedent to Hollywood caper films (Ocean's Eleven et al) and a tad sullied by association (a problem with the later). On its own terms a solidly crafted, if overlong, romp; in the context of British cinema rather an interesting bridge between the middle-class comedies of Rank and the more satirical Boulting Brothers films of the same period. Sly, although crime doesn't pay when you're rated A.
I would have accused this movie of being anti-gay if it weren't for Dearden's landmark film 'Victim'. There's 'Darling' and the blackmailed homosexual, and Oliver Reed's flamboyant cameo. It's quite an enjoyable crime caper, and I just wish they'd gotten away with it. Lovely chaps, what?
There's an amiable personality to this film and to The League itself. It also seemed to me, despite the fact that Rififi came a few years before, the template for the modern heist screenplay - assemble the team, plan the job, execute a sub-heist, etc, etc.
Totally delightful caper that makes one proud to be British. A roomful of British (& Irish) actors you’ve always wanted to see more of has a field day with a subtle tongue in cheek script by Brian Forbes (who also has a role on screen). Wide-screen, black & white glory as only the Brits of 1960 could do and accompanied by a rousing Boy's Own score just as droll as the script. Focus your mind and think of Britain!