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VINE VOICEon 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.

Recommended.
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on 22 May 2014
Even at just over 70 mins this is the usual fare of "the one big job" that will set a bunch of crooks up for life.

The only bit of tension is the discovery of a WWII unexploded bomb that's adjacent to the bank they are trying to break into via some cottages due for demolition, but you just know that sooner or later, the bomb's going to go off - but it takes an ETERNITY to do so, & the ending is quite ambiguous & rushed
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I wish all DVDs could look as good as this does on screen however the sound although it says restored is not as good as you'd expect. I found the levels varied and there was distortion at times too. I was really looking forward to this film but the finished product is not 5 star.
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on 9 September 2013
the reason that snow is everywhere to be seen is that this film was made during"the big freeze" of 1963.One of the worst winters ever.This is a film which stuck in my mind ever since I first saw it at my local cinema in 1963.It has been shown on tv and at long last is released on DVD.It is a superior B feature due to the unusual twist in the tail.The cast is largely unkown apart from Warren Mitchell.Selling plastic explosive as if he were selling "schmutters" at the local market.For all lovers of British B features this is a must.
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on 11 March 2014
This was bought for my Husband who loves British made classic Films. It had a very good cast and the story plot was very watchable. Good film, would recommend it
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on 13 April 2016
Yes I have added another Brilliant film to my collection .
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on 24 August 2014
great
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