Rent Payroll (1961)

3.7 of 5 from 69 ratings
1h 42min
Rent Payroll (aka I Promised to Pay) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Traversing the criminal underworld of the north-east of England some ten years before 'Get Carter', Johnny Mellor's band of ruthless criminals attempt to get away with murder, but as the police close in, the gang begins to fall apart, with each member seeking a way out - and in their panic, no one realizes there is one adversary they have all overlooked.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Norman Priggen
Writers:
George Baxt, Derek Bickerton
Aka:
I Promised to Pay
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/07/2015
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Introduction from Steve Chibnall (Professor of British Cinema, De Montfort University, Leicester)
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/07/2015
Run Time:
106 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Introduction from Steve Chibnall (Professor of British Cinema, De Montfort University, Leicester)

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Interesting British 60s Crime Drama - Payroll review by GI

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09/04/2021

A classic but forgotten British crime drama, very gritty for its time and especially as its set in Newcastle although there are no Geordie accents. This is quite an evocatively told story that is essentially one of thieves falling out. A group of criminals led by Johnny (Michael Craig) has been planning a wages van robbery for several months but when the company ups the security the gang's inside man, the panicky Dennis (William Lucas), says the job is now impossible. But Johnny goes ahead anyway and a security man gets killed. The gang soon begins to fall apart and the dead man's wife (Billie Whitelaw) decides to hunt the gang down for her revenge. With all the action taking place in the backstreets and outskirts of Newcastle and shot in stark black & white this has a sense of realism that is unique to British films of this time. The violence and sex were deemed very risqué in the early 60s and the film has some great character actors including Tom Bell and Kenneth Griffiths. Billie Whitelaw is especially good here with that steely look she had that made her very menacing. A thoroughly entertaining crime film from a time when British films were something very, very special indeed.

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