Number of Times Seen – 2 (25 Jul 2001 and 21 Sep 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A group of Irish Nationalists plan a robbery of the Bank of England to try and gain support for their freedom from Great Britain.
My Take on it – This is a film that I first saw about 15 years ago and being that I’ve seen a few heist movies lately, I was curious to find out what I would think about it upon rewatching it.
I enjoyed it a lot because of the way that the story plays out.
They are able to plan and perform such an interesting heist idea without the need of electronic gadgets or many of the tools used in heist films nowadays.
Aldo Ray and Peter O’Toole are both great here as adversaries and friends who are both trying to outwit one another the whole way thru.
It is rumored that base don his performance here, O’Toole was chosen for the lead in Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
I also really liked the way that they clued us in on each and every step of the heist and we knew what was going on the whole time as it was happening and why.
The whole sub plot with the widow played by Elizabeth Sellars was a bit distracting, but I understand why they added it to the story.
All in all, a fun heist movie that I assume most people haven’t had the opportunity to be exposed to.
Bottom Line – Thrilling bank heist film that helps us sympathize with the criminals more than the law. Great performances by Ray and O’Toole make this fun to watch as they try to outwit one another. Loved how they explained things step by step so that the viewer knows constantly what is happening and why. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Peter O’Toole was originally considered for the part of Charles Norgate, which eventually went to Aldo Ray, but insisted on being cast as Monty Fitch, because he didn’t want to be typecast as the Irish boyo. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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