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Strongroom [1962] [DVD]

Colin Gordon , Keith Faulkner    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Colin Gordon, Keith Faulkner, Derren Nesbitt, Ann Lynn
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FJ5DF2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,736 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Two car breakers plan a once and for all bank robbery to set them up for life, but when their hostages get locked in the bank s strongroom, they are suddenly faced with becoming potential murderers and hanging for their crime.

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Suspenseful feature with gloss and pace --Halliwell

Gordon Nesbitt and Ann Lynn perform smartly --Radio Times

An admirable script and dialogue, in a way only the British could ever achieve in second-feature quality material. To watch time and time again --imdb.com

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SURPRISINGLY GOOD SHOCKER/THRILLER FROM 1961! 5 Aug 2009
By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE
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Ann Lynn stars in this exceptionally high-standard and low-budget Great British movie from 1961 (released in '62) which is a super-shocker/thriller with some great moments! A real nail-biter this one!

Rose Taylor (Ann Lynn) is imprisoned in a 'strongroom' in a large Bank along with her boss (Colin Gordon) who never quite got to know each other prior to the predicament they now find themselves in, by a gang of robbers of a large Bank. The team of thieves is headed by 'Griff' (Derren Nesbitt) - all of which have a 'conscience' and as a result, have great difficulty in 'pulling the job'.

This will entertain Viewers - even those who perhaps are not so keen on this particular genre - and from this period. Well-acted by all, with some great scenes. Whatever the opinion, this has a great 'shock' ending which somehow 'knocks you for six', and makes it all worthwhile!

Another great classic from the 'good old days' of British movie-making that is long gone that has been brought to DVD so lovingly by the 'masters' in modern releases in this series.

Look out for other titles in this great series - particularly 'Tomorrow At Ten' (see my Review for that title)

FABULOUS!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Airtight Plot 6 Sep 2009
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Early 60s 'Bank job goes wrong thriller' lifted out of the ordinary by taut direction, excellent pacing and virtually no slack in the 80 minutes running time. Probably Derren Nesbitt's best film, well supported by understated performances from Colin Gordon and Ann Lynn as the bank manager and his employee.
What lifts this film to the real heights is the way it builds throughout to the near perfect, shock ending.
'Film mad' from the mid 70s to the early 2000s and tens of thousands of pictures watched, I can't remember one with a more truthful or effective conclusion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superior British "B" Noir. 24 May 2014
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Strongroom is directed by Vernon Sewell and written by Max Marquis and Richard Harris. It stars Derren Nesbit, Colin Gordon, Ann Lynn, Keith Faulkner and W. Morgan Sheppard. Music is by Johnny Gregory and cinematography by Basil Emmott.

Three men enact a bank robbery and lock up the manager and his secretary in the vault. Upon making their getaway it dawns on them that the two in the vault could die from lack of oxygen and thus landing them as murderers should they be caught...

Every once in a while a "quota quickie" or "B" crime movie really strides out on its own to stand tall and proud, Strongroom is one such film. Originally the support feature to the George Chakiris film Two and Two Make Six, Sewell's picture went down well enough with the public that it often became the main feature in some theatres.

Compact at just 80 minutes in length, it's a picture heavy on claustrophobia and thematic stings, embracing that old noir devil of fate along the way. It's directed in a tight no-nonsense way by Sewell, who manages to keep things moving without it being at cost to nail biting suspense. Well performed by all involved, it's a film that never once cops out, right up to, and including, the quite brilliant finale. 8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Stuff! 5 April 2013
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Strongroom is a 75 minute British thriller from 1962. Originally intended as the support feature to a light comedy (Two and Two Make Six - starring Janette Scott and as a vehicle for American George Chakiris, then riding high on the success of the cinematic musical West Side Story), it quickly gained such a public following that it replaced the comedy to become advertised as the lead picture. The taut story is about a gang of bank robbers led by Griff (a typically mean and menacing performance from Derren Nesbitt).They break into a suburban bank over the Easter bank holiday weekend .Disturbed by cleaners, they leave the bank manager (Colin Gordon) and his secretary (Ann Lynn) tied up in the vault. Belatedly the gang realise the vault is timelocked and will not open until the Tuesday. The supply of oygen inside is running out........ Stricken by division and conscience, the gang realise the bank manager and secretary will die unless they inform the authorities or return to the bank to take action themselves thus compromising their chanes of escape to enjoy the fruits of their loot.. The tension builds .....the suspense is unrelenting ............the outcome uncertain to the very last frame.
Tight direction by the reliable Vernon Sewell, stark black and white photography making good use of facial close-ups, and intense performances from a reliable British cast make this a very watchable thriller. The 75 minutes passes very quickly. Colin Gordon gives a restrained but intense performance as the bank manger. Ann Lynn ( a very experienced and emotionally nuanced actress who, despite a long and varied career, never quite achieved the star status her numerous screen performances merited) delivers in the compelling and vulnerable role of secretary.Keith Faulkner, a young actor to watch at the time as a stalwart of 'B' movies, is also effective in the role of gang member with a conscience. A feature film that well deserved its change of status from 'B' to 'A' movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good crime thriller 28 Mar 2011
By Colin Smith "keep on running" TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is an enjoyable British B-movie crime thriller. Made in 1962, the movie opens on an Easter Saturday with a gang of bank robbers led by Griff, (Derren Nesbitt) who having carried out the robbery, then proceeds to lock the manager, (Colin Gordon) and his assistant (played by Ann Lynn) in the bank's vault.

On discovering that the vault will remain sealed until the following Tuesday, one of the gang gets an attack of conscience, having realised that the pair will have suffocated by then, eventually the race is on to release the couple. While I won't give anything away, the ending is certainly memorable. This low budget crime movie benefits from solid performances, which provides an effective level of tension.

For anyone who can recall the 1957 movie "Time Lock", in which a small boy is locked inside a time vault, "Strongroom" certainly bears a resemblance.
The included 2-page leaflet states that this second feature was generally more popular with cinemagoers than the main feature, the leaflet also features brief biographies of the main stars and the director. The black and white picture quality is very good, no subtitles, the only extras are a selection of best of British trailers.
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