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Sewers of Gold (a.k.a. The Great Riviera Bank Robbery) (a.k.a. Dirty Money) [DVD] (1979)


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  • Actors: Ian McShane, Warren Clarke, Stephen Greif, Christopher Malcolm, Nigel Humphreys
  • Directors: Francis Megahy
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Mono, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 16 July 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NTPCJM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,107 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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British heist film set in the south of France. Nice - playground to millionaires and beautiful women - comes in for another type of excitement when The Brain (Ian McShane) plans a daring bank robbery. A fervent Nationalist, he and his friends have teamed up with criminals to steal enough money for a Government coup. Tunnelling up through the sewers into the bank, they manage to liberate 15 million dollars - but will they be able to keep it?

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
Of the four films inspired by the ingenious 1976 robbery of the supposedly impregnable Société Générale bank in Nice by Albert Spaggiari and his gang tunneling their way in through the sewers - Les Egouts du Paradis, Loophole and most recently Sans Arme, Ni Haine, Ni Violence - Francis Megahy's Sewers of Gold is by far the most compelling affair. Originally intended as a theatrical feature but debuting on television instead and going under a variety of titles (including Dirty Money and The Great Riviera Bank Robbery), it's blessed with a charismatic lead in Ian McShane and, without Spaggiari looking over its shoulder, able to take a far more critical look at the crime and its perpetrators than the cheeky romp he liked to make it out to be.

While it doesn't use real names (Spaggiari is simply referred to as The Brains here), it's a little less selective with the facts and it makes no bones about their motive - to fund the overthrow of the government - and even throws in some swastikas and a portrait of Hitler in one's apartment just to make sure that we don't mistake them for left wing idealists. The OAS, most famous for their bombing campaigns, indiscriminate killings and bungled assassination attempts on De Gaulle and successful ones on several of his ministers in the early 60s, had effectively been eliminated since the early 60s, but the gang was made up of a mixture of OAS die-hards and professional criminals, and the film doesn't sentimentalise them or gloss over the occasional tension from their clashing motivations. Coming from the British gangster tradition - the film is set in France but no one attempts any accents - there's no need to make either the OAS or crims good or bad guys, the film content to tell the story and let the audience judge.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 21 Aug. 2010
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I enjoyed this movie, but was a little disappointed having already read the book which is 'riveting' ...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Charles De Greeff on 23 Feb. 2011
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Still makes great viewing & plenty of real sweat-I am well happy this has joined the collection- very fast delivery & I live in France.Charlie(France)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By clatterfordslim on 12 Oct. 2014
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What can I say, this was one of the last films I watched with my father, before he died a year later.
I was eleven at the time, that the BBC broadcast this. I know that it was on a school night, when we watched it, as my father helped me with my maths homework before we sat down to watch this, on our portable black and white telly. Back then could not afford colour telly licence, let alone a colour telly. The memories this film holds for me are treasured childhood ones, as do a lot of old films that I was lucky enough to see, with my family.

I love this film, although I could of sworn that someone drowns near the end, or am I thinking of a totally different film?
It is a film that should be in everyone's collection and although, the year it was made was 1979 it is a film that still holds true. Ian Mcshane a brilliant actor, who is well known for his antique dealer role as LoveJoy in the early 80's brings to life the main character in this short but well done film.

I give it a thumbs up, so please buy it, it will won't disappoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Desmond Resmond on 7 Nov. 2013
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Originally saw this film in the early 80's on TV under the title 'Dirty Money'

'Dirty Money' is one of the greatest heist films of all time and also probably one of the least known.

Starring a much younger Ian McShane before his 'Deadwood' days ably assisted by Warren Clarke, Christopher Malcolm and Stephen Grief this film details the events which took place in France in 1976.

Following description taken from video release on Precision from 1981

'Strongly committed to the ideals of a French right wing alliance with links in high places all over the world, Bert (IAN MCSHANE) conceives of a brilliant plan to obtain finances to buy arms in the cause of an eventual political take-over.

The scene is Nice, playground of the rich and indolent. Over a long weekend the vault of a particular bank will be stuffed with francs. And Bert knows a way in.....through a labyrinthine sewer system, a map of which he has obtained from a contact in the town hall.

With colleagues from former fighting days in Indo-China and Algeria, Jean (WARREN CLARKE) and Serge (CHRISTOPHER MALCOLM), Bert reluctantly has to recruit a band of professional criminals to assist in the robbery. The dangerous elements of crime and passionate politics make for uneasy bedfellows..........The criminals look on the job as merely a passport to money and the good life; they cannot understand Bert's ideological approach summed up as 'without arms....without hatred.....without violence'.

As the job is planned with meticulous and flawless detail, the personality clashes between the two factions become more and more defined.

But the heist goes perfectly and Bert finds more money than he ever dreamed of.
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