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A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979)

| Comedy, Crime | 1979 (UK)
Released from a British prison, an American is hired as an electrician for a London bank but his criminal acquaintances show-up and force the reluctant Yank to join them as the inside-man in a well-planned bank heist.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Guy Elmes (original story), Guy Elmes (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Jordan ... Pinky
Oliver Tobias ... Foxy
David Niven ... Ivan
Elke Sommer ... Miss Pelham
Gloria Grahame ... Ma
Richard Johnson ... Inspector Watford
Michael Angelis ... Pealer Bell
Dicken Ashworth ... Charlie the Chubb
Brian Croucher Brian Croucher ... Gregory Peck
Derek Deadman Derek Deadman ... Nobby Flowers
James Galloway James Galloway ... Aussie
Charlie Hawkins Charlie Hawkins ... Clint
Anthony Heaton Anthony Heaton ... Legs Eleven
Davy Kaye Davy Kaye ... Sid the Yid
Brian Protheroe Brian Protheroe ... Stan the Spinner
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Storyline

Pinky is released from prison and has decided to go straight from now on, but accidentally getting himself a job as a maintenance man at a large bank, gives him a lot of undue attention from Ivan the Terrible, the local hoodlum. By using Pinky, Ivan hopes to rob the bank, and Pinky starts to liken to the idea of going back to his old ways. Written by Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Based on one of the biggest robberies in London

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Scam See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Elke Sommer's topless shower scene was cut from UK theatrical release. All subsequent UK releases, and BBC television screenings, used the cut theatrical print. However, the BBC2 broadcast, in September, included the shower scene. See more »

Goofs

In an early panning shot, we see an Arab passenger get out of a 1976 Cadillac Seville sedan outside the A&P Bank. These cars were never available as RHD, so a front-seat passenger, dressed as chauffeur, gets out and opens the O/S door. This is a farcical set-up, as he should have exited the front N/S (LH) door, and opened the rear N/S door for his passenger, avoiding the risk of following traffic-absurd!.. See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: TO DATE ONLY HALF A MILLION POUNDS HAS BEEN RECOVERED BY SCOTLAND YARD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Win Or Lose
(secondary theme), written, arranged and produced by Pierre Tubbs, and sung by Polly Cutter (uncredited)
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Much better than expected!
25 February 2007 | by aky13-1See all my reviews

I recently bought this movie on DVD at a discount store for $5. Although it is a no-frills DVD on the Geneon label (just the movie that starts playing immediately - no menu, no special features) the picture and sound quality were EXCELLENT. The movie is based on the true story of one of the biggest bank robberies in history.

Richard Jordan, who I must admit to not having heard of, plays the lead - Pinky Green. A charming young man who had spent too much of his few years in prison and now wanted to go straight but is not allowed to do so! He portrays an American in England. David Niven plays the lead bad guy, also with the great charm for which he is famous. Bad, but with scruples as when he refuses to deny Pinky his "whack" for the job. Whack, in England, apparently is the fair share of the take and not a bullet in the head as in American gangster films! All the supporting cast do an excellent job producing a very believable movie.

What is perhaps best, to me, is that the whole movie is quite enjoyable and understandable (I frequently find myself lost in plot confusions and various characters) without ANY special effects. NO blood. No violence. Not even a single car chase! Just a well written story, well acted, well directed and well photographed! If I had any complaints about the movie, I would question the music. WHAT is bluegrass music doing in a bank heist story that takes place in England?


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