Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie murders a journalist called Fred Hale whom he believes is responsible for... See full summary »
Involuntarily-retired Lieutenant Colonel Hyde recruits seven other dissatisfied ex-servicemen for a special project. Each of the men has a skeleton in the cupboard, is short of money, and is a service-trained expert in his field. The job is a bank robbery, and military discipline and planning are imposed by Hyde and second-in-command Race on the team, although civilian irritations do start getting in the way.Written by
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In John Boland's original novel, the robbers are inspired by a novel about a robbery, a real novel, Lionel White's "Clean Break". This book was the basis for Stanley Kubrick's The Killing (1956). Bryan Forbes retained this idea in his screenplay, but made the novel an invented one with a different title ("The Golden Fleece") with its authorship credited to "John Seaton", a pseudonym Forbes had used in his days as a feature-writer for the British fan magazine "Picturegoer". He used this name again for the writer character played by Christopher Plummer in International Velvet (1978), which Forbes also directed. See more »
During the weapons robbery at the army camp, Porthill, played by Bryan Forbes, is wearing a uniform with an RASC (Royal Army Service Corps) shoulder flash, but he is missing the striped lanyard which he should have been wearing over his left shoulder. Such a lanyard, usually attached to a clasp knife stored in the left breast pocket of the battledress jacket, was standard equipment for members of the RASC in 1960. See more »
[asked if he's hoping for a dirty weekend with his girlfriend]
I'm hoping for a dirty year. If I live that long.
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Another example of how to make a movie.It may seem somewhat out of time now but the detail, characterisation,leave one in total admiration. Jack Hawkins,Nigel Patrick et al perform to the highest level in a movie that has the irony of how chaps like this having been used to their fullest are left to their own devices once re entering civy street where their talents are superfluous .The story bounces along with subtle humour and at the same a level of suspense giving a thoroughly professional feel to whole affair. A splendid movie. no doubt a remake would have Tom Cruise,Harrison Ford,The Rock what a prospect !!
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