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The League of Gentlemen (1960)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 15 April 1960 (Ireland)
A disgruntled veteran recruits a group of disgraced colleagues to perform a bank robbery with military precision.

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Involuntarily-retired 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 Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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What is the league ... Who are the gentlemen ?

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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15 April 1960 (Ireland)  »

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Honorables delincuentes  »

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£192,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Jack Hawkins was ill with cancer during filming. Shooting was shut down for some days. See more »

Goofs

When Elizabeth, played by Nanette Newman, is soaking, apparently naked, in a bubble bath and taunting her husband, the white strapless bra or swimsuit she is wearing can be seen when she moves her left arm. See more »

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Weaver: Nothing in the Stop Press?
Lexy: No, just "Vicar On Grave Charge".
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References What Price Glory (1952) See more »

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The Soldiers of the Queen
(uncredited)
written and composed by Leslie Stuart
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In a league of it's own
21 October 2002 | by (Royal Berkshire, UK) – See all my reviews

This movie is an involving, intriguing and ultimately poignant heist thriller. Since the advent of a comedy TV show which took it's name, the TV Guides have taken to describing this film as a 'comedy'. Obviously they've never watched it - the moral is, get your movie info from IMDB, not a rubbish newspaper or magazine TV Guide.

The movie's premise is good - a disenchanted ex-army officer dispairs of success on 'civvy street' so decides to organize his own squad of former soldiers and pull off a military operation with a difference - they will rob a bank. This film was the inspiration to the real-life Great Train Robbery, which involved a 20-man gang stealing £3,500,000 in 1963.

Characterization is good and believable; as with all British movies of the era, there is an excrutiating tendency to overly-ingenious rhetoric, one wonders sometimes how they think of such witty remarks. That aside, it's thoroughly convincing. The film code of the day of course required that no film could ever show a criminal benefiting from his crime, but instead of the usual tiresome accidental spilling of the booty out of a train/car/plane window, we have a more realistic, and indeed somewhat sad resolution.

Yes, it is a bit old now, but if you can hang-up your hang-ups about that, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.


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