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Plunkett And Macleane [DVD] [1999]

Robert Carlyle , Jonny Lee Miller , Jake Scott    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Iain Robertson, Ken Stott, Tommy Flanagan
  • Directors: Jake Scott
  • Writers: Charles McKeown, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Selwyn Roberts
  • Producers: Donna Grey, Douglas Urbanski, Eric Fellner
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Dutch
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UWRV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,597 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



No-one will be neutral about Plunkett and Macleane. Either you go with its notion of cheeky, stylish fun or you want to grab first-time director Jake Scott by the ear and slap him silly. Your inclination may depend on whether you recall his dad Ridley's own directing debut, The Duellists (1977), and savour the correspondences. Dad took a Joseph Conrad tale of the Napoleonic Wars, cast it with the ultra-contemporary Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel, and filmed it with a swooping, mobile camera. Son Jake has made a feisty period piece about a pair of thieves (Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller) in 1748 London and filled it with blatant anachronisms. A decadent aristo (Alan Cumming), asked whether he "still swings both ways," replies, "I swing every way!" A ballroom full of revellers dances the minuet (or is it the gavotte?) while our ears--if not theirs--are filled with a trance ballad. And so forth.

Is this sophomoric? Maybe. But it's also often fresh and inventive. Why shouldn't a filmmaker be allowed to speak directly to a contemporary consciousness, even flaunt it, as long as he also delivers startling imagery and convincing period detail? The solid cast includes Michael Gambon as a corrupt magistrate, Ken Stott as a very nasty enforcer named Mr Chance (who favours a thumb through the eye socket and into the brain as a mode of execution) and Terence Rigby as a philosophical jailer. Even Liv Tyler looks more interesting than usual. In the end pretty frivolous, Plunkett and Macleane is nonetheless a lively debut. --Richard T Jameson,

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), German ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Set in the 18th Century, Plunkett and Macleane is the story of two notorious highwaymen based on real life characters. With Plunkett's (Robert Carlyle) brains and know-how and Macleane's (Johnny Lee Miller) social connections, they infiltrate wealthy society. After robbing the rich they line their pockets - for Plunkett to fulfill his dream and travel to America and for Macleane, to sustain his high cost of living. They hold up the coach of the Lord Chief Justice Gibson (Michael Gambon), Macleane falls in love with his beautiful and rebellious niece, Lady Rebecca Gibson (Liv Tyler). His charming manner quickly earns him the name "The Gentleman Highwayman". Gibson's second-in-command, Thief taker general Chance (Ken Scott) also pursues Rebecca's intentions in vain, but it is his relentless pursuit of the "Gentleman Highwayman" that edges Plunkett and Macleane nearer to capture and possible execution at the famous Tyburn tree, the partners' daring and loyalty are pushed to the limit... ...Plunkett & Macleane (UK)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun 27 Aug 2001
Don't take this film seriously or you will be disappointed. I thoroughtly enjoyed it. This film is pure entertainment and has a surprising but excellent soundtrack that really polishes the film off. The extras on the DVD are okay with the trailer and some good cast interviews. The behind the scene filming is just that, a film about the filming but without any commentary and is not worth watching. However you can change the filming angle in some scene, although you will have to play and work out how to do it on your DVD.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth seeing for lots of reasons 17 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The actors in this film are wonderfully well chosen.Jonny Lee Miller is a sex-god, that's my first reason! Robert Carlyle is a first-class actor and together, they make an unlikely but compelling pair. Alan Cumming is superb as always in his role as Rochester - very sexually charged! The costumes are stunning, and I adored the music and have even bought the CD. This is worth it alone for the music to my favourite scene in the film, the ball. This is utterly engaging and the music throbs in a very suggestive way! Brilliant stuff... I liked the script which was not overly olde worlde and very funny in places. The storyline is not overly original (but what is, these days?) but I thought it was very well portrayed. Dashing highwaymen (especially a gentleman!) should always be a big hit. Oh, and George Dawes is in it, too! A very watchable film which is compelling in places.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie stands, and delivers... 2 Dec 2005
By A Customer
Like a bright button on a dandy’s waistcoat, this film is real gem! Made with very 21st century sensibilities (and soundtrack) it is a true Restoration Period romp, and is like Hogarth’s paintings of the ‘Rakes Progress’ and ‘Gin Alley’ brought to vivid life on DVD. It’s a bawdy, squalid but glamorous world where the ‘respectable’ rich get their vicarious kicks from partying with villains and rubbing shoulders with roughtrade (not really so very different from nowadays - just ask Guy Ritchie and all those ‘Lock Stock’ wannabees, or take a look around any trendy West-end club!).
Stylised it might be, but the film evokes its 18th century period so well – this was a time when a member of the royal family was mugged in his sedan chair in Covent Garden, children were hanged for pinching a loaf of bread, and when the real highwayman Dick Turpin rode Black Bess into legend. That said, the story unfolds with a very ‘olde Englishe’ spin on all the elements and themes you’d expect to find in a classic Sergio Leone spaghetti western: two ‘heroes’ thrown into an unlikely and uneasy partnership, bound by thieves’ honour and greed; a beautiful girl; corrupt and avaricious officials; a psychopathic villain, suitably dressed in black; and the prospect of the last man standing getting the gold and the girl. The whole set-up and especially the finale at Tyburn gibbet is certainly a nod (whether conscious or not) to Leone’s ‘Good, the Bad & the Ugly’ – and I say this as a compliment, not a criticism.
All in all, a great romp, great entertainment and great fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned (18th century) fun 13 July 2000
By A Customer
It's eclectic: witness a modern electronica soundtrack to an 18th century aristocracy ball. It's enjoyable: the bad guys always get their comeuppance. And importantly it's hugely entertaining -- in an imbecilic, Lethal Weapon kind of way. So what if the plot is stuck on tramlines? Does every film need to be sophisticated and prompt deep thoughts? Can't a bit of imagination, creativity, and plain old fashioned fun fill the gap? Of course it can!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Original! 20 Mar 2000
Set in 17th Century London, this movie depicts the life of Captain James McLaine "The Gentleman Highwayman". Whilst only very loosly based on the true story, it is a ripping yarn none the less.
The movie really depicts the filth and squalour of the times, and the images are very realistic, although I feel the film ws slightly spoilt by the inclusion of modern Rock, and Dance music, which was good, but innapropriate to the timeframe.
Make no bones about it, this is a truly excellent movie, although the torture, and hanging scenes may have been a little over done.
Buy it, you won't be dissapointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Film shame about the transfer 10 May 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having seen the film previously, probably on the telly or round a mates, I was overjoyed to find it available on DVD.

From the cast of some the best known names in British film acting including Alan Cumming and Michael Gambon to name only two you'd have thought that the powers that be would have done justice to what is an innovative piece of cinema (I mean not a Georgian waltz but contemporary dance music demonstrating the parallels of then and now) but no.
The video transfer to DVD is, for want of better words, dark and grainy and though overflowing with non-english subtitles (not a bad thing for language students, I agree) the positive absence of anything resembling special features or production items (ok but who wants to see the trailer for a film already purchased) suggests to this fan of the film that the DVD was distributed solely on the thinking, "What do we care, some fool will buy it!" and not for any appreciation of the films true worth to British Cinematographical history.

I've seen better video transfers on films mates have bought from . .you know. . .that mate of a mate who sells the cheap movies that were imported from the far/middle east, you know the one with the quick coat and his way of moving really fast eventhough not moving his legs. Yeah that one, that fella at the car booty

Top marks for what is a touching, riotous romp in those far off cruel germ-infested Georgian days when non-licenced sexual therapists had their own strains of social discourse.

For the distibution company . . . . do us a favour . . . please. Clean up your game and show some respect where it's due, to the actors, filmmakers and the viewing fandom.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good fun film
this film is not the norm but if you want a lighthearted film that is good fun then pick this up.
Published 4 months ago by Mr C
5.0 out of 5 stars great
really a great film loved johnny lee miller in this film, and the music from this dvd is great love it
Published 6 months ago by james
3.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Bought for relative as like my own good film funny as well as action but released long time ago watchable
Published 7 months ago by Gloria K Tate
5.0 out of 5 stars Loveable rogues
They robbed from the rich and kept it. Robin Hood and his merry men they were not. These rogues robbed the loot and put it in their own pockets, forget the rubbish about helping... Read more
Published 11 months ago by serendipity
4.0 out of 5 stars Good British movie
Loved it when I watched this when it first came out. Good story, great comedy and good entertainment. Great buy
Published 11 months ago by M. O'sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand and deliver
Great fun to watch film. Based on real life people, though I prefer how the film ends as they both get away.... Unlike the real end!
Published 11 months ago by BillyBoy
5.0 out of 5 stars plunkett and macleane dvd [1999]
this is an excellent film with some very good actors it is a true story about two highwaymen i recommend this film
Published 13 months ago by Julie Dalton
4.0 out of 5 stars Just go with it
It's a mish-mash of period/modern and, as long as you're not a purist, it works. On the whole the mix of costumes, music and language from past and present makes it lively, cheesey... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dezza
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome film!!
This film is incredible all round. The modern application of music and the almost gangster approach of the highway men is genius. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. W. J. K. Cummings
5.0 out of 5 stars plunkett and mcleane
i loved the dvd it was funny in some places but overall very good i was well happy with it thanks
Published 15 months ago by s.a.thomson
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