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on 13 November 2010
This British film from 1963 has what used to be a fairly common plot (planning and breaking into a bank vault) made more interesting by its setting. The bank is next to two houses which were bombed during the Blitz, and the villains of the piece plan to break in via the cellars of the houses. The acting is quite good (there is an early and wonderful appearance by Warren Mitchell), and the story does leave us wondering whether the break-in will actually succeed. The gang are faced with a big and very dangerous complication about half way through the tale.
The photography (a fair bit of location shooting in London) is notable; this film was made during a bitter winter, and the snow-swept scenes add to the tenseness of the enfolding drama. The transfer to DVD is excellent, although with a bit of distortion in the sound as noted by another reviewer.
The film is not a masterpiece, but is very enjoyable, and with an ending I wasn't expecting.