The Bank Job

Based on the true story of the 1971 Baker Street bank robbery which was prevented from being told for over thirty years because of a Government gagging order. The real story of how one of the biggest robberies in British history took place with no arrests ever made nor money ever recovered.

In September 1971, thieves tunneled into the vault of a bank in London’s Baker Street and looted safe deposit boxes of cash and jewelry worth over three million pounds. None of it was recovered. Nobody was ever arrested. The robbery made headlines for a few days and then disappeared – the result of a ‘D’ Notice, gagging the press. This film reveals what was hidden for the first time. The story involves murder, corruption and a sex scandal with links to the Royal Family – a story in which the thieves were the most innocent people involved.

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Latest Brit Gangster Films –

Eastern Promises (2007) (David Cronenberg) –

The Bank Job (2008) (Jason Statham) –

In Bruges (2008) (comedy gangster film starring Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes) –

A future British Film to watch out for is ‘ 44 Inch Chest’ (2009) which sees Ray Winstone team up again with Ian McShane (both were excellent in Sexy Beast).

The cast announced so far is also impressive –

Ray Winstone

John Hurt

Tim Roth

Ian McShane … Meredith

Joanne Whalley

Guy Ritchies latest offering ‘RocknRolla’ is due for release on the 31st October 2008. The cast includes Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton and Tom Wilkinson.

Plot: When a Russian mobster sets up a real estate scam that makes available millions of dollars, members of London’s criminal underworld pursue their share of the fortune

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Behind the Scenes (youtube) –

Personally I am not a big fan of Ritchies previous gangster comedy style, but it would be unfair to comment on this movie further until the movie is actually released.

‘Brighton Rock’ (1947) – (Graham Greene’s Classic) – Richard Attenborough

‘Get Carter'(1971) – Michael Caine stars in this gritty cult British Gangster Movie

‘The Long Good Friday’ (1980) – Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren

‘Mona Lisa’ (1986) (Neil Jordan) – Bob Hoskins and Cathy Tyson

‘Sexy Beast’ (2000) – Ray Winstone/Ben Kingsley

‘Gangster Number 1’ (2000) – Paul Bettany/Malcolm McDowell.

‘Layer Cake (2004) – Daniel Craig

‘Nothing Personal’ (1995) – Michael Gambon is excellent in this film about
paramilitary gangsters in Northern Ireland.

‘Eastern Promises’ (2007) – David Cronenbergs film revolving around the Russian Mafia in London.

‘The Hit’ (1984) – with Terence Stamp (later to do the Limey),
John Hurt and Tim Roth

‘Performance’ (1970) – starring James Fox and Mick Jagger.

‘Get Carter’ (1971) – Michael Caine – dark and atmospheric
British Gangster Movie.

‘The Krays’ (1990) – the film superbly expresses the chilling aura
that surrounded the Krays.

‘Essex Boys’ (2000) – Sean Bean plays menacing Psychopath Jason Locke.

‘Face’ (1997) – Ray Winstone and Robert Carlyle. A thirty five .

‘Villain’ (1971) – Richard Burton plays London East End Gangster Vic Dakin .

‘Croupier’ (1998) – with Clive Owen and Alex Kingston (ER)

McVicar (1980) – Roger Daltrey plays real life armed robber John ‘McVicar’
in the true story of the same name.

‘Buster’ (1988) – Phil Collins plays Buster Edwards in this true story
of the Great Train Robbery of 1963 and the aftermath.

‘Lock, Stock and Three Smoking Barrels’ (1998) – Gangster Comedy –
starring among others Vinnie Jones, Sting and Jason Statham.

‘Snatch’ (2000) – Brad Pitt and Jason Statham star in this comedy
gangster movie about unlicensed boxing in London and stolen diamonds.

Two excellent, although disturbing Scottish Gangster
Movies are –

‘The Debt Collector’ (1997) – Starring Billy Connolly in a disturbing
and realisticaly violent potrayal of Edinburgh’s underclass.

‘A Sense of Freedom’ (1979) – Based on the Book by infamous
Glasgow Gangster – Jimmy Boyle.

Finally there have been some notable Dublin based
Gangster films in recent years including:

‘The General’ (1998) – the story of Dublin Gangster Martin Cahill
starring Brendan Gleeson and Jon Voight.

‘Veronica Guerin’ (2003) – starring Cate Blanchett – true story.
Can’t wait to see "The Bank Job". Sounds like the heist will be like "A Sexy Beast".

Best Brit crime movies?
1) Layer Cake
2) Sexy Beast
3) Gangster #1
Best British Gangster Movies

1. The Long Good Friday

2. Mona Lisa

3. Gangster Number 1

4. Sexy Beast

5. Layer Cake
twas a good movie, throughly enjoyed the hell out of it

it was good to see Jason play a role where he isnt beating ass left and right, and then he does (just 1 dude), and it was

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