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Band Of Thieves [DVD] [1962]

Acker Bilk , Jimmy Thompson , Peter Bezencenet    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Acker Bilk, Jimmy Thompson, Jennifer Jayne, Geoffrey Sumner, Maudie Edwards
  • Directors: Peter Bezencenet
  • Producers: Lance Comfort
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EWOHE8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,240 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Having formed his jazz band while in jail, Acker Bilk tries to go straight when he's released. However, his new found friend and manager Dandy has other ideas...

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Having formed his jazz band while in jail Acker Bilk tries to go straight when he's released. However his new found friend and manager Dandy has other ideas...

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jazzing it up. 17 Dec 2012
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This short (67 minutes) black and white British movie from 1962, showcases the music and the comedy of Mr Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band. Traditional and dixieland jazz occupied a somewhat improbable corner of the music market in the UK in the early 60s, dominated as it was back then by the rock n roll of Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard and emerging supergroups such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Acker with his trademark bowler hat, West country burr, and ever so sweet clarinet playing had a monster hit with Stranger on the Shore. Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen had similar success with Midnight in Moscow.
Band of Thieves capitalized on the chart success of Acker Bilk. The film is an entertaining romp in which Acker and his band mates (all of whom get to speak and act) play old lags incarcerated at 'Her Majesty's Pleasure' for separating people from their cash.Playing jazz to pass the time in prison and to win over the jazz-loving governor (Geoffrey Sumner),they come to the notice of a well-connected prison visitor (Maudie Edwards).When the band is released, she encourages Acker and the boys to go 'straight'on a nationwide tour of jazz clubs using an old motorcoach. Cue great jazz tunes in great jazz venues and a cameo from songbird Carol Deene. The band is befriended by Dandy (Jimmy Thompson), a smooth operator who artfully cajoles the band back to its old habits of safe cracking in high society homes. The jazz concerts provide a cover for the heists.However Dandy's girlfiend (Jennifer Jayne - she of William Tell fame)is an undercover cop. As a heist goes wrong,she gets wise to Dandy's game and pretty soon Acker and the boys are 'shopped' and back behind bars.To the delight of the governor and the jazz loving prison population,the cells are once again alive to the sound of (jazz) music.Good fun. Easy watching and listening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent viewing 30 Sep 2013
By Andrew
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The storyline might be a little to be desired, but I purchased the DVD for the music. . . .
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4.0 out of 5 stars not mine 23 Aug 2013
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bought for a friend so I've not seen this dvd yet, I have been a fan of Acker Bilk from the sixties, so it should be good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars band of thieves 10 Mar 2013
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I bought the film originally for the music which was superb,the film was much better than expected and took my mind back to theB movie days.Best wishes,James.
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