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Plunkett & Macleane (1999)

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Two robbers are persecuted by the law, whose servants are not much better and even worse.

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Jake Scott

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Selwyn Roberts (earlier screenplay), Robert Wade (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonny Lee Miller ... Macleane
Iain Robertson ... Highwayman Rob
Robert Carlyle ... Plunkett
Ken Stott ... Chance
Tommy Flanagan ... Eddie
Stephen Walters ... Dennis
James Thornton James Thornton ... Catchpole
Terence Rigby ... Harrison
Christian Camargo ... Lord Pelham
Karel Polisenský Karel Polisenský ... Newgate Priest
Neve McIntosh ... Liz
Matt Lucas ... Sir Oswald
David Walliams ... Viscount Bilston
David Foxxe David Foxxe ... Lord Ketch
Jake Gavin Jake Gavin ... Newgate Gent
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Storyline

Will Plunkett and Captain James Macleane, two men from different ends of the social spectrum in 18th-century England, enter a gentlemen's agreement: They decide to rid the aristocrats of their belongings. With Plunkett's criminal know-how and Macleane's social connections, they team up to be soon known as "The Gentlemen Highwaymen". But when one day these gentlemen hold up Lord Chief Justice Gibson's coach, Macleane instantly falls in love with his beautiful and cunning niece, Lady Rebecca Gibson. Unfortunately, Thief Taker General Chance, who also is quite fond of Rebecca, is getting closer and closer to getting both: The Gentlemen Highwaymen and Rebecca, who, needless to say, don't want to get any closer to him. But Plunkett still has a thing to sort out with Chance, and his impulsiveness gets all of them in a little trouble. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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They rob the rich... and that's it See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Rob the Rich See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$244,765, 3 October 1999

Gross USA:

$474,900

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$474,900
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Anachronisms abound in this heavily-fictionalized account of two real life villains of the mid-18th century; Plunkett appears to have invented a cure for syphilis well over a hundred years before such a discovery was made, and also to be using a repeating rifle during the climax. See more »

Goofs

Lady Rebecca accuses Mr. Chance of having Halitosis. The term Halitosis originated in the 1870's, well over a hundred years after the time period the movie is set in. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Judge Beresteade: Captain James Macleane, for drunkenness, unruly behavior, causing an affray and disturbing the King's, I hereby sentence you to be placed in the Knightsbridge debtors' jail and to be held there until you are sober. Take him away.
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Crazy Credits

The person in charge of overseeing the duel between Chance and Plunkett is listed as the "Dual Referee". See more »

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Referenced in Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000) See more »

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No 9
Written by Craig Armstrong, Marius De Vries
Performed by Craig Armstrong
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Highly entertaining stuff
13 April 1999 | by Spud1000See all my reviews

When I sat down in the cinema to see this I was expecting to see a sort of stylish tongue-in-cheek action film, which had been implied by the trailers. However, it very quickly became apparent that this film was trying to be more.

Normally, I don't approve of films that try to entertain in as many ways possible. For instance, this film tries to mix action with comedy, romance, lightheartedness and gritty seriousness all at once. Most of the time this sort of approach doesn't work in films (just look at Batman Forever) but I was was pleasantly surprised to see that in this case, they pulled it off.

The end result is a highly entertaining film that should appeal to most mature cinemagoers. (However, the weak of stomach should really be warned of one or two scenes.) Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller pull of a brilliant double act and Ken Stott does a excellent villain. This mixed in with superb costumes and a few decent action scenes makes for a very enjoyable watch.

However, the big let-down here for me is that in having 'The Gentleman Highwayman' there was a real opportunity for some good dialogue but the script was definitely lacking in punchiness and there were few belly laughs. Okay, so the lines weren't terrible but to me it does highlight a problem with recent British films; ignoring a few notable exceptions the screenplays being written today are still relatively mediocre when compared to some of Hollywood's efforts.


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