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1h 43min
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Synopsis:
Directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh, 'King of Thieves' is the incredible true story of the spectacular Hatton Garden diamond heist - the biggest and most daring in British history. The astonishing heist pulled off by a crew of retired crooks begins as a nostalgic last hurrah but quickly becomes brutal when greed and backstabbing take over.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Amelia Granger, Ali Jaafar, Michelle Wright
Writers:
Joe Penhall, Mark Seal
Aka:
The Over the Hill Mob
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
British Films, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/01/2019
Run Time:
103 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Featurette
  • Michael Caine Interview
  • Trailer
  • Bringing the Ensemble Together
  • Deleted Scenes
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/01/2019
Run Time:
108 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Featurette
  • Michael Caine Interview
  • Trailer
  • Bringing the Ensemble Together
  • Deleted Scenes

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Reviews (7) of King of Thieves

Enjoyable if Predictable Hesit Drama Stuffed Full of Old British Actors - King of Thieves review by PV

Spoiler Alert
08/02/2019

I enjoyed this film. Yes,, it's slight and yes, we know the ending because it happens as the news story was famous (in the UK anyway).

But it's a nice enough watch, with some old con characters played by loads of white men (which I enjoyed in this age which activetly discriminates against them and parachutes in women and ethnic minorities in absurd roles).

Michael Caine must be 85. Tom Courtney 80. Others here like Paul Whitehouse and Ray Winstone only 60.

They use footage from their old movies a bit near the end, which is fun.

However, the film SEXY BEAST is way superior - it also features and heist and also features Ray Winstone, and Ian McShane who wouldn't have fitted in here too.

SO my advice is to watch the 2 movies back to back. This first, then the 5 star SEXY BEAST.

This is 3.5 stars rounded up.

2 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Excellent Cast - King of Thieves review by DH

Spoiler Alert
12/02/2019

I think that overall I prefer the earlier "The Hatton Garden Job" film, but to be fair King of Thieves has a better cast, some good lines, and is probably more true to life, being a bit grittier and darker than the earlier film.

Overall a good entertaining romp with some clever flashback scenes, recommended.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Quite good - King of Thieves review by SC

Spoiler Alert
17/02/2019

Quite enjoyed this one, there is quite a bit of swearing, but I guess as it's Criminals and Londoners I guess to be expected

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

King of Thieves (aka The Over the Hill Mob) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

King of Thieves is bound to cause some confusion. Wasn’t Michael Caine just in an old-people heist movie? That was Just Getting Started and the only key difference between the two is that King of Thieves is a more traditional, brass tacks heist picture, more clinical than screwball. It’s a standard and by-the-numbers crime picture that it was most likely a walk in the park for Caine, being no stranger to this genre at all. For the audience having followed him for this long, it’ll also be a familiar stroll.

It is at least pleasing that a capable cast has been strung together for such a picture. Jim Broadbent brings his usual charming self to the screen, stammering and struggling to articulate with great warmth. Tom Courtenay has a certain dignity that doesn’t feel diminished within such a lacking script. Michael Gambon still has his quirkiness in tact after his Harry Potter days to still a hold a scene. And there’s just something so enduring about Ray Winstone that brings a bit of a spark to any film.

You may have noticed that the cast I just listed are all old and the script hasn’t forgotten this. This is why I’ve yet to mention the story because it’s honestly the most boring part of the picture. Essentially, a collective of old guys are getting over the hill and decide to pull off one last heist because, hey, why not? Michael Caine has been doing this a long time, both his character in the film as Caine as an actor. It’s a typical heist picture, through and through. A collective of elders stage their plan, briefly discuss being old, team up with a younger cohort, make their break into a vault, and then bicker about what to do with their loot.

I’m not too disappointed in this picture considering it plays about as expected. But perhaps there could be something more here. I mentioned Just Getting Started, a film I actually dug because Caine and company are portrayed as being amateurs in robbery, a unique turnaround from Caine’s usual forte. But in King of Thieves, he’s among others who appear to have been doing this kinda thing for the longest time. I couldn’t help but feel maybe they’d be worn enough to see the cliches tacked on the wall and willingly try to avoid the usual steps. Then again, the film also wants to pose them as being old and lacking in health so maybe they’re just tired. They’re too worn to subvert this genre and treat it more as a jog around the block to flex those acting muscles a bit.

King of Thieves serves as little more than aged actor showcase that it’s disappointing it’s dished out through a paint-by-numbers heist picture. I loved seeing all these actors together but it just looks as though they’re begging for a better line or a more insightful story. In the same way that The Expendables was a walk in the park for action icon, this film is an amassing of top British talent that is little more than that.

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