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St. Trinians - The Great St. Trinians Train Robbery [DVD]

Frankie Howerd , Dora Bryan , Frank Launder , Sidney Gilliat    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Frankie Howerd, Dora Bryan, George Cole, Reg Varney, Eric Barker
  • Directors: Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat
  • Producers: Leslie Gilliat
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KRMZOC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,668 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A bunch of crooks take on more than they can handle when they decide to bury the loot from a successful robbery on the grounds of St Trinian's. The high-spirited girls (or 'hooligans' as they are sometimes known) take it upon themselves to confront the highly-strung criminals, with devastating and comic effect.


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4.4 out of 5 stars
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By R. Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery is one of my all-time favourite films. An absolutely brilliant comedy caper, truly the best of British. As a keen railway enthusiast and lover of trains, I ADORE it. This is a film that cleverly blended the magic of steam with the spirit of wild, uncontrollable, rebellious school kids, wonderful humour and slapstick, the story of a cracking train heist and the old good-natured honest notion of `It's alright to be bent."

Train Robbery was the fourth and final chapter of the original series of St. Trinian's films, and I do NOT understand at all why fellow Amazon reviewers rank this film so lowly. While I admit I have yet to see any of the previous films (and look forward to doing so), I think it's very unfair to judge this so harshly SOLELY by comparing it to the others. Whether or not they were superior, I do not know, but that is irrelevant when one should be reviewing Train Robbery's individual merits.

The story is simple; The headmistress of St. Trinian's (wonderfully played by Dora Bryan) is the lover of the corrupt Minister of Schools. Now armed with a great big government grant, she re-houses her staff and pupils in a great big house, Hamingwell Grange. Unbeknownst to the school, a great circle of train robbers - headed by the anonymous `Governor' with Frankie Howerd as his second-in-command - have stashed 2.5 million under the ballroom stage. Before long, a great big battle of wits ensues as a chase for all the swag is on.

The simplicity of the film is beauty itself. In both presentation and execution, Train Robbery is an absolute charm, sporting a colourful cast of characters, top-notch comedy antics and cracking dialogue.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars St Trinians Train Robbery 4 Mar 2010
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If any of you love Frankie howard then this film is for you. Its a great play on the real Great train robbery with the laughter and games that only frankie howard can bring to the screen. A Must have for anyone who likes these old fun films.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Probably the weakest of the superb 'St Trinians' film series and actually not helped by being in colour. That said, it's by no means unwatchable, and can raise a few titters. Made a few years after the real Great Train Robbery, the films plot revolves around the schoolgirl's trying to foil an attempt by train robbers to recover two and a half million pounds hidden in their school - surely though it's the girls who should be the criminal masterminds, although this lot wouldn't last 5 minutes against their older schoolmates from the original movie. While the first, far darker film 'The Belles of St Trinians' [1954], with Alistair Sims, Joyce Grenfell & George Cole, is essential viewing, this final outing is more in the 'carry on' mould - although it's none the worse for that and does have a real period charm. Sadly Alistair Sims declined to continue his headmistress role in the sequel Blue Murder at St Trinians [1956] other than a short cameo, although this is made up for by the inclusion of the superbly caddish Terry Thomas.

The St Trinians films are based on the 1940/50s dark (but very funny) cartoons of Ronald Searle, which were themselves inspired by Edinburgh's real St Trinneans School [1920] where discipline was encouraged to be self rather than school imposed - leading to the jibe that the girls were taught to do whatever they want. Searle met a few former pupils during the war and the cartoons evolved from his jokes with them (The real school closed in 1946 when the headmistress retired). For the original Searle cartoons, see the book St. Trinian's: The Entire Appalling Business.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
By Jilly
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Very good really enjoyed the train chase and the girls chasing was really funny
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5.0 out of 5 stars old classic film 11 Jan 2014
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old classic film they do not make such any more there is no other comedy like old comedy films fantastic acting with franie howard and a cast of well known acters to many to list
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm hooked on St Trinians 24 Nov 2013
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My previous copy had so much use that I wore it out and I needed to replace it. this is by far my favourite of the St Trinians films
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5.0 out of 5 stars st trinians 17 Nov 2013
Classic film very close to my heart as my dad drove the altonian coach seen in 1 of the scenes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This film is close to my heart as my aunt and uncle did hair and makeup for it. Two stories one of the engines fell of the line and local army boys had to put it back and when the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sarah Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars great fun
Good honest slap stick comedy. For those who love that era of comedy a must for ones collection. The last half hour of train chases is a must for viewing.
Published 15 months ago by Kenneth Stone
3.0 out of 5 stars Rail capers
It is a lame version of the St TRINIANS films as were released in the fifties, but it had Frankie Howerd and Dora Bryan, among my favourites. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lord Anon
3.0 out of 5 stars school mayhem
quite thrilling film. frankie howard holds the film together with humourous quotes.
filmed in colour which differs it from previous ones. Read more
Published 18 months ago by pilgrim
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great St Trinians Train Robbery
So funny. Its the one of the best ST Trinians I've seen. My daughter loves it too. There are a few old stars in it and it never seems to tire. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2012 by moshi
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great St Trinians Train Robbery
Still a classic film 45 years later, a good watch for rail enthusiasts, and a must for Frankie Howard fans.
Published on 1 April 2011 by Mr. Ejd Parrott
4.0 out of 5 stars school time
it was not a bad movie it could have been better still got a laugh from it
Published on 5 April 2009 by Terry Cooper
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