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The Big Job [DVD] [1965]

Sid James , Deryck Guyler , Gerald Thomas    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sid James, Deryck Guyler, Sylvia Syms, Dick Emery, Joan Sims
  • Directors: Gerald Thomas
  • 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: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EMS0JI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,945 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A gang of hapless crooks, led by Sidney James, successfully perpetrate a robbery only to be caught after the fact. Fifteen years later they emerge from prison intent on retrieving their stolen loot - and discover a police station has been built over its hiding place. Sylvia Syms, Dick Emery, Jim Dale and Joan Sims co-star.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheerful 1960's comedy 5 July 2011
By Alan James "Maebuschfan" TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Although often referred to as a "Carry On film in all but name", due mainly no doubt to the familiar Carry On production team that includes director Gerald Thomas and producer Peter Rogers, and of course Carry On regulars Sid James, Joan Sims and Jim Dale, I reckon this comedy deserves to be judged on it's own merits.
For those like me who know this movie word for word, the important question is probably: whats the picture and sound quality like? well the answer is both are good. This Optimum release offers a 1.78:1 widescreen picture, there are no extras or subtitles.

For those who haven't yet seen the movie, here's a few details: Without a stream of saucy Carry On style double-entendres, the film tells the story of a gang of incompetant crooks led by George "The Great Brain" Brain (Sid James) and his two sidekicks, (played by Dick Emery and Lance Percival) with the lovely Sylvia Syms starring as George's infatuated girlfriend. Following a bungled bank robbery, George manages to dump the proceeds in a hollow tree which stands in a rural area before being arrested. After serving time for the robbery, the gang return to the area to make an horrifying discovery: a town now occupies the area, and the tree is now situated in an unfortunately inaccessable place. Before embarking on a number of half-baked attempts to recover the money, the gang decide to rent rooms at the home of the widowed Mrs Gamely (Joan Sims) and her sexy daughter Sally (another reviewer has already waxed lyrical on the delights of Edina Ronay's derriere).
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meet Prof. Hook, Dr. Line, and Mr. Sinker... 28 Feb 2011
A Carry On film in all but name, 1965's The Big Job is an unremarkable but enjoyable comic romp from the Peter Rogers / Gerald Thomas team. Sidney James, Dick Emery, and Lance Percival play a team of crooks who commit a robbery, only to be pursued through the countryside by the police and forced to stash their loot inside the hollow of a tree. Caught and sent to prison for several years, on their release the gang are disheartened to learn that a new town has been built on the site of their earlier capture, and that the tree containing the booty now sits inside the grounds of a police station...
Probably best known today as the `inspiration' for the middling Martin Lawrence comedy Blue Streak (1999), The Big Job isn't as strong as the corresponding Carry On films of the period (Spying, Cleo, Screaming), and certainly pales alongside other similar British comedy efforts from a few years before, such as Too Many Crooks (1959) with Terry-Thomas and George Cole, or the Peter Sellers vehicle Two-Way Stretch (1960). However, James gives his usual assured turn in the lead, with good support from Emery and Percival, Sylvia Syms as James' girlfriend, and Carry On regulars Joan Sims as the gang's landlady and Jim Dale as a suspicious if inept constable. Also worth pointing out is the gorgeous Edina Ronay, a familiar face from several low-budget British films of the 1960s (and the daughter of famed TV chef Egon), who here plays Sims' slutty daughter. In my opinion, the highlight of this film is the totally gratuitous shot of Ronay's undulating bottom as she mounts a staircase, and this view is clearly shared by those who designed the DVD's artwork, since they've seen fit to include it on the front cover!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The big job 4 Aug 2012
By Chris
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This film is one of britains finest comedys, 5 carry on team members, good none violent film, plenty of laughs, easy to watch time & time again!!' worth every penny!!, if your looking for true British comedy, then this is the film for you!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 10 Feb 2013
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This film reminds you of an early Carry On. Interesting story and a good watch, plenty of nostalgic moments included.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Carry On in all but name... 5 Oct 2009
This is basically a Carry On film, in all but name. Sid James - on great form - plays the leader of a gang of bungling crooks who try to find their loot after 15 years in jail; trouble is, the hiding place is now in the grounds of a new police station! The film 'carries on' with their various - hit & miss - attempts at retrieving the stolen lolly but there are plenty of laughs along the way, also courtesy of Dick Emery, Jim Dale & Joan Sims. The ending is very similar to the comedy Too Many Crooks, in which Sid also appeared.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good job 26 Jan 2014
By Pamela
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seen this movie year,s ago on tv and found it on amazon, just as funny now as the first time i seen it great stuff and not at a bad price from amazon, 10 out of 10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big job, big laughs 26 Jan 2014
Just an awesome film funny and downright hilarious. The carry on team ( but not a carry on ) just fabulous!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Comedy 21 Mar 2014
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Great laughs from the best selection of actors for the era, like Syd James and lots of the usual carry on film actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic film greatness
What every good British film collector would want and at a reasonable price too. Great addition to any DVD collection.
Published 6 months ago by R Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Back To The Time When Comedy WAS King !
In the 1960s our local cinema ran a continuous performance regime .
That means we could sit through several performances if the film was good ,and / or it was raining outside... Read more
Published 7 months ago by DAVID B
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNYY
THE OLD ONE'S ARE THE BEST Sid James is brill and Dick Emery is verry good and the rest of the cast is brill
Published 7 months ago by John Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I love this film, one of my favourites from my childhood! Still funny, has stood the test of time, very pleased!
Published 8 months ago by MissLemon
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it is Black and White but it is GOOD.
Okay so it's an old black and white film, but it's still a darn sight better than some of these new so called comedies, no swearin whatsoever and just good clean fun, GREAT!!!
Published 9 months ago by P. D. Willetts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
When you consider that is has the same producer, script-writer, director and lead star as a Carry On; and that the music is written by the same man, the camera is operated by the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Great Elmyra
5.0 out of 5 stars the big job
i chose tihis dvd as its funny. id forgotten what it was all about nice to see old old films
Published 15 months ago by frances tucknott
4.0 out of 5 stars The Big Job DVD
Not the best DVD ever nether the less one that should be in the collection of British comedy.
Quite a funny film with some top British comedy actors but the plot is very thin... Read more
Published 19 months ago by D. J. Tutton
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