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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).
The situation becomes complicated by the discovery of an undesirable character living in the house, in the form of a gormless but diligent police constable (Jim Dale), Deryck Guyler is also good fun as the police sergeant who is more concerned with organising a police concert than solving crime. Some of the funniest scenes involve Joan Sims' amorous pursuit of the nervous Dick Emery.

Good performances all round help to make this 1965 black and white movie an enjoyable 85 minutes viewing, I find the characters endearingly charming and funny so I couldn't resist awarding it five stars.
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on 5 October 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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on 28 February 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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on 4 August 2012
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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on 13 February 2013
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 same man and even the hair stylist is the same, one has to consider this as the Carry On that got away.

Released around the time that Carry On was on the cusp of true cinematic quality (yes, I really believe that) and somewhat corny vulgarity, this film is off to a good start before the credits roll.

It does not disappoint at all and is engaging throughout. Sid James plays his very best villain role, with Jim Dale a superb bumbling policman adn Joan Sims at her best as a vampish sexual predator!

All in all it is a fine way to spend an hour or so of your life and is well worth the investment.
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on 16 September 2013
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 .
Back then , I found this film sooooo funny , I must have watched it about a dozen times .
Guess what , it still seems as funny now , despite the passing years .
Dare I say , even better than the corny " Carry On,s "
I wont go into the plot because it has already been mentioned , and it would ruin the element of surprise .
However , if , like me , you prefer comedy WITHOUT Bs , Fs and Cs , then this is a film I can honestly say you will enjoy .
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on 10 February 2013
This film reminds you of an early Carry On. Interesting story and a good watch, plenty of nostalgic moments included.
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on 26 January 2014
Just an awesome film funny and downright hilarious. The carry on team ( but not a carry on ) just fabulous!
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on 26 January 2014
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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on 6 October 2009
I bought this video for my daughter. It arrived in good time and was in very good condition.I watched it myself before giving it to her, what a laugh, Sid James and his gang up to their usual tricks. Well worth buying.
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