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?
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!