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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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