Definitely one of Jason Staham's better films - watch this if you like heist movies
- The Bank Job review by RP
Supposedly based on the 1971 Baker Street robbery - look it up on Wikipedia. The story goes that the robbery of safety deposit boxes in a Barclays bank vault was a ploy to recover compromising photographs of Princess Margaret used as blackmail material by Michael X and subsequently covered up by MI5 - at least it gives a twist to the story.
This is definitely one of Jason Staham's better films - although he plays a jack-the-lad amateur bank robber, it's not in the over-the-top 'mockney' style of Guy Ritchie but a rather more believable character - and there's no silly martial arts stuff either. The script is by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais so you know it's going to be really well written.
I rather enjoyed this - I'm tempted to give it 4/5 stars even though that seems over generous. Watch it if you like heist movies - it's not at all bad.
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Nostalgic with characterisations
- The Bank Job review by AB
Enjoyed this film because it was far more plausible than "Lock, Stock ..." films with characters that you could imagine meeting in pubs etc at the time. Also liked the way that several then-current trends were all brought into play during the film - the bank robbery, the porn industry, corrupt policemen, drug smuggling, political goings on.
A very good British film with a wonderful script by Clement and La Frenais and great character acting by all involved.
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- The Bank Job review by CP Customer
Baased on a bank robbery in September 1971, which netted over 3 millon pounds. No one was ever caught and the money never recovered. The storyline is based on the assumption that the secert services were involved who were trying to cover up a Royal scandal. The movie is fast paced and very enjoyable well worth watching.
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