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Piggy Bank (1999)

Harry and Bert rob a security van. Where better to stash the money 'til the heat is off but an old rundown house that has been empty for years. But they hadnt banked on a young couple, Karl... See full summary »

Director:

Jade Carmen

Writer:

Jade Carmen
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Kaye ... Bert
Derek Martin Derek Martin ... Harry
Hamish Clark ... Karl
Tania-Jayne Bowers Tania-Jayne Bowers ... Claire (as Tania Jayne Bowers)
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Harry and Bert rob a security van. Where better to stash the money 'til the heat is off but an old rundown house that has been empty for years. But they hadnt banked on a young couple, Karl and Claire moving in. By luck or misfortune they stumble on the robber2 £90,000. What do they do with it? What happens when the robbers come back to get their loot? Written by Louis Paltnoi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1999 (UK) See more »

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Budget:

GBP48,000 (estimated)
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Piggy Bank Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Effective Enough
1 August 2005 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

In many ways Jade Carmen's short film PIGGY BANK reminded me of SHALLOW GRAVE or A SIMPLE PLAN for much of the running time . Claire and Karl move into a new house little realising that a couple of bank robbers have left their stash underneath the floor boards . For the premise to work you have to suspend disbelief . I mean why didn't the robbers drive to Essex or Surry where there's enough rural woodland to dig a hole and hide the money till the heat is off ? Probably because if they did that there wouldn't be a story . I guess also to make the story work you have to forgive the unlikely duo of robbers , I mean if they're violent crooks how come they seem to be so forgiving to Claire and Karl ?

PIGGY BANK works mainly because there's a fairly clever twist at the end and it's this what makes this short memorable . I have to be honest though and say it probably doesn't deserve the average rating of 9.3 since both the not too dissimilar SHALLOW GRAVE and A SIMPLE PLAN were better stories but I guess because they were feature length the stories had more space for development so comparisons are unfair


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