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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 19 May 2017
I notice that a lot of the reviews suggest that this is a 'man's' film. I can't see that. Style and wit abound throughout, with marvellous performances and some fabulous, period shots of London. It is as much about loyalty and charisma as anything. We cannot appreciate how so many men felt in the years immediately after the war, having been trained to serve together in dangerous and exciting conditions, to find themselves in a mundane and unappreciative country. It would have been like expecting a man eating tiger to live on bread and milk. It's true that there are no women characters to speak of, but I am self confident enough about being a woman not to feel that every film has to have some leading female actor to be worth watching. It's an excellent film.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 16 November 2017
I fear that this is one of those early 60s films you saw every few years on TV across the late 60s & 70s so the well trodden story is known and the simple issue is does it stand the test of time on re-seeing in the 21st century?

For me it sadly does not - despite a star UK cast for the period with Jack Hawkins especially playing against character plus being a very popular film on release, it now all just feels very clunky. I could not stop avoiding comparisons with "The Lavender Hill Mob" from Ealing Studios released in 1951 given the heist story line and still found that earlier film much better plotted and funnier. While based on a recent pulp fiction novel the twist in this story which one suspects resonated with film audiences is the gang of disgruntled and cynical ex-military officers who despite their questionable histories feel the need to commit the robbery to get even (and rich). However the whole set up and execution (robbers in suits and ties!) and denouement all now feels like a genteel comedy, with the overall moral of evil never triumphing.

This recent edition DVD has a great quality video transfer plus a pdf of the film script, new audio commentary by the film's scriptwriter and actor Bryan Forbes (and his wife Nanette Newman who appears briefly in the film) with a 1992 TV special on Richard Attenborough one of the stars. While interesting neither reveals much new about the film.
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on 12 November 2015
This is an excellent and compact above average Heist film well worth acquiring by any film lovers.

It stars the always superb Jack Hawkins who plays a disgruntled former Army Officer who induces seven former junior officers to assist him in a bank robbery inspired by a plot from an American Crime Fiction Novel. The seven men having three things in common. One is that they all have a dark secret from their army days, they are all experts in their individual fields and the other being their urgent need of funds.

The whole robbery is then planned with military precision and discipline and all watchers will hope that they all get away with it even though they have guns stolen from an Army Ordnance Store.

The film boasts an array of excellent actors including the personification of charm in the guise of Nigel Patrick as the second-in-command. Also Richard Attenborough, Bryan Forbes, Roger Livesey, Norman Bird, Terence Alexander and Kieron Moore, There is also a cameo performance by the much loved Patrick Wymark although his character in this film is rather unsavoury asking Richard Attenborough’s character to lessen the odds on a fruit machine.

This is a film which can be watched again and again with the same level of expectancy that is present when you first watch it.
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on 17 June 2011
This is a wonderful old film. Jack Hawkins, sporting the famous British stiff upper lip, organises a number of ex-servicemen (it's the late '50s, the film having been released in 1960), all of whom have specific skills, into an army of crooks in order to rob a bank. Each has a skeleton in his cupboard and therefore really can't refuse. The robbery is planned and executed like a military campaign and it would be unkind of me to disclose the outcome, other than to say that the film is ingenious, suspenseful and exciting.

Apart from its being a first-class story, this black and white film also provides a very interesting historical document - see the empty London streets, so little traffic around and loads and loads of parking space - not a double yellow line to be seen!

This is a film in which there are no women to speak of, but who needs love interest when you're robbing a bank? The acting is superb and it's a film to watch again and again. I love it!
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on 13 May 2012
This is a gem. The black and white format perfectly suits the mood of the day post World War II. The cast of characters is a wonderful portrayal of a group of disaffected and disillusioned ex-army officers. The idea of robbing a bank using military discipline is one that could well be imagined. As with those who served their country in World War I this group led by Jack Hawkins have discovered that Britain is not a land fit for heroes. Mark you this bunch of heroes do have feet of clay. But, these are officers and gentlemen when that meant something, all be it tarnished. The plot unfolds with military precision and the robbery succeeds. Yes, but!

The actor and screen writer for the film Bryan Forbes and wife Nanette Newman have roles in the film. In the commentary on the disk Nanette Newman mentions that Forbes has been asked several times to do a re-make and he, quite properly, has refused. It is a film of its times and could not be made today.

A super film at a great price.
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on 20 July 2015
Omg!!! If it weren't for the fact that my favorite film is `An American Werewolf in London` then this would probably be it. Classic b&w 1950s British caper movie. But so much more than that. A brilliant cast (Jack Hawkins as, essentially, a psychopath, an extremely young Dickie Attenborough as a spiv, and a bunch of character actors you would have to pay a fortune for nowadays. The music is a bit ropey but, in terms of language, attitude and violence, this was years ahead of its time.
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on 23 April 2016
Another film from one of my favourite actors. The plot is excellent, well written and well acted by all. It's just a shame they didn't get away with it.
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on 3 August 2015
An absolute classic! An incredible cast of some of the best of British actors (all of whom are now sadly departed}. Very funny with a many cryptic twists. Also the chance to see Oliver Reed's first screen appearance as a very camp young actor (completely out of character!). Ideal for watching on a grey, wet, Sunday afternoon with a cup of tea......will transport you back to the great days of British film..
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on 9 April 2018
Brilliant film really enjoyed it good story, good characters, classic you will not be disappointed if this is the kind of B&W movie you enjoy
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on 11 October 2017
A great classic film with top actors and a great story line well worth watching thanks
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