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The Big Job (1965)

An inept gang of bank robbers, led by George The Brain, are caught and sentenced to 15 years hard labour each. When they are released from prison they start out to collect the money they ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writers:

Talbot Rothwell (screenplay), John Antrobus (from an original story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney James ... George Brain
Sylvia Syms ... Myrtle Robbins
Dick Emery Dick Emery ... Frederick 'Booky' Binns
Joan Sims ... Mildred Gamely
Lance Percival Lance Percival ... Timothy 'Dipper' Day
Jim Dale ... Harold
Edina Ronay ... Sally Gamely
Deryck Guyler ... Police Sergeant
Reginald Beckwith ... Register Office Official
Michael Ward Michael Ward ... Undertaker
Brian Rawlinson Brian Rawlinson ... Henry Blobbitt
David Horne ... Judge
Frank Forsyth ... Bank Cashier
Frank Thornton ... Bank Official
Wanda Ventham ... Dot Franklin
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An inept gang of bank robbers, led by George The Brain, are caught and sentenced to 15 years hard labour each. When they are released from prison they start out to collect the money they had stolen and which George had hidden in a hollow tree during the chase in which they were caught. The only trouble is that the tree was in the middle of a lonely lane when they were imprisoned; now, 15 years later, the tree is in the backyard of a Police Station... Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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WANTED in connection with THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY otherwise know as...

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Trivia

At the end of the film, Joan Sims as new head of the gang, plans to rob a train from Edinburgh with used bank notes worth five million pounds. This film was made two years after the Great Train Robbery, however that train was from Glasgow and was carrying 2.6 million pounds in used bank notes. Joan also mentions changing the signal to red which occurred during the Great Train Robbery. Also Sidney James' character's name is Brain, hence the Great Brain Robbery. These are all obvious references to the Great Train Robbery. See more »

Goofs

The wire to pull the harpoon out of the harpoon-gun can be clearly seen in the shot just before the first one is fired into the tree. See more »

Quotes

Frederick 'Booky' Binns: We can't use our own names. It's too risky.
George Brain: We'll use those classy ones we had for the Metropole Hotel job.
Mildred Gamely: [coming into the room] Oh there you are. How do you do. I'm Mrs Gamely.
George Brain: How do you do, Mrs Gamely. I'm Professor Hook.
[points to Dipper and Booky]
George Brain: Dr Line, Mr Sinker.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'U' rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Blue Streak (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Come Friends and Plough the Sea
(uncredited)
from "The Pirates of Penzance"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Arranged by Eric Rogers
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Classic British comedy caper.
19 May 2000 | by mcgoverngarrettSee all my reviews

This film about the antics of a group of inept bank robbers is British comedy at its finest. It's Carry-on in everything but name, with regulars such as Sid, Jim Dale and Joan Sims.There are some wonderful performances, but for my money it's Dick Emery who steals the show. I love the part where himself and Sid James have messed up again and are questioned by Jim Dale (the constable) about their antics the previous night. Dick, convinced they've been nobbled, turns to Sid and says "Did you see the look he gave us?It was loaded with handcuffs!"Priceless.

This is what REAL comedy is all about and I'm eternally grateful to messrs Thomas,Rothwell and Rogers for providing us with moments like these we can cherish forever.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1967 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Atraco imperfecto See more »

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1.85 : 1
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