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  • Actors: Phil Collins, Julie Walters, Larry Lamb, Martin Jarvis, Sheila Hancock
  • Directors: David Green
  • Producers: Norma Heyman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Int. Licensing and Copyright Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 12 April 2005
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000BXBYT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,031 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A semi-comic look at the real-life experiences of Buster Edwards (Phil Collins), who fled England with his wife (Julie Walters) after helping perpetrate the Great Train Robbery of 1963. Arriving in Mexico, they hoped to find paradise, but life was not quite as they expected. With a soundtrack partially written and performed by Collins.

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In 1987, Buster was as much an experiment in film as its subject matter was in robbery. Could audiences ignore the rock singer status of Phil Collins in the lead role? Would audiences still be interested in a 25-year-old cash grab that had been considerably devalued by a currency gone metric? By and large the answer to both was "yes", helped considerably by a high budget (for a British film) it perfectly remade the 1960s experience. Collins as Buster Edwards is only one of a gang who all seem doomed to be captured after their £2.5 million train heist. The caper is over within 30 minutes. However, the film is really about the love story between Buster and his doting yet long-suffering wife June (an excellent Julie Walters). When the action switches to sun-drenched Mexico, you just know her loyalty is going to be tested to extremes because that's when Collins' award-winning songs kick in! "Two Hearts" and "Groovy Kind of Love" may not be 60s-styled, but the message is that love always conquers time and place.

On the DVD: The transfer is rather average, as are the talent profiles of Collins, Walters, Ralph Brown (the legendary Ronnie Biggs), and director David Green. Making up for them is a 50-minute "Making of" featurette that interviews everyone involved, including the real-life Buster. There's lots of on-set tomfoolery, and some first attempts at the hit songs that hardly flatter Collins' live singing voice! --Paul Tonks --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Hayes on 28 Jun. 2009
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"Buster", the story of Buster Edwards, one of the gang who carried out the infamous "Great Train Robbery" in 1963 is an excellent movie...

Phil Collins as Buster is a revelation although he looks nothing like the real Buster! All the other main stars -- Julie Walters, Sheila Hancock and Larry Lamb give great performances.

The film portrays 60's England perfectly and the theme song "Going Loco Down In Acapulco" by the Four Tops is fantastic... The fact that it was filmed using traditionbal film also helps the atmosphere...

Despite it being a Special Edition, there's not much in the way of extras, but at the asking price it hardly matters...

All in all, a great film that you can watch over and over...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Professor I. Robertson MD on 22 Jun. 2014
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I was around at the time of The Great Train Robbery and most of 'Joe Public' thought the crime a stroke of genius. This movie has the lot; the gang involved in the heist; their families; the police hot in pursuit and the press who have a field day. Phil Collins is superb as Cockney Buster Edwards, and Julie Walters is fantastic as his long-suffering wife. It's been out for quite a while now, but it never fails to impress every time I watch it. 'When I look at You' is one of the best songs Phil has ever arranged.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ann Denton on 12 Jan. 2008
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I first watched this film when it came out, on VHS, since then, the tape died on me, and so I was delighted to pick this up on DVD. Phil Collins plays the loveable rough diamond, Buster and Julie Walters plays the most wonderful loyal wife in this film which is packed with comedy, romance, and a trip down memory lane about the Great Train Robbery. Both Collins and Walters play their parts as a couple who have been together as if for years. Shiela Hancock as Walters Mum is a treasure. Even the action part of the robbery has it's funny moments and somehow, you find yourself hoping they do get away with it. "Dream come true"....we all want it don't we?
A truly excellent film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kitty on 26 Jan. 2014
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Having seen the original version on VIDEO in the late 80s, I couldn't wait to watch this great, entertaining and well-acted movie again. However, the production company have taken it upon themselves to cut out two scenes completely unnecessarily in my opinion, detracting from the overall feel of the film. What a shame!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Nov. 2001
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Wow, what can I say, this is such a fantastic film!
Phil Collins plays his part with such enthusiasm and realism, and the on-screen relationship with his wife Julie Walters is very grippingly real!
The soundtrack which accompanies the film is one of the best - from the songs sung by Dusty Springfield through to Phil Collins contributions, you can listen and remember the best bits in the film which the songs relate to!
Lovely!
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By merlin on 19 Aug. 2013
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A very god film if somewhat incorrrect on the Train Robbery. But I liked it a lot as my favourite actress Julie Walters is in it and very good as ususal. A bit odd having Phil Collins play Buster as you can't really say he is an actor but still a very good film and great music too.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "airy_fairy_flutterby" on 17 Jan. 2004
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I hadn't seen this film in years, but saw that Amazon had some copies of it when I was browsing around on the site and thought why not. It's really a love story, but there's plenty of action and alot of laughs along the way as well. Very entertaining.
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I ordered this has a birthday present, quick delievery. Unfortunately when my husband checked the dvd cover it looked like a poor photo copy so did not open it and sent it back.
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