The League of Gentlemen

The League of Gentlemen

Basil Dearden (1960)

A Certificate


Our Score
This rousing crime caper was the first feature from the Allied Film Makers company, with most of its founder members - producer Michael Relph, director Basil Dearden, screenwriter Bryan Forbes and actors Jack Hawkins and Richard Attenborough - making solid contributions. Dating from a time when every third word a crook said didn't begin with an "f", this distant ancestor of such bungled heist pics as Reservoir Dogs gets off to a rather stodgy start, but once Hawkins has assembled his far from magnificent seven and his intricate plan begins to unravel, the action really hots up. It's certainly not to be missed.


A former Army colonel, angry at his enforced retirement, sets out to exact an elaborate revenge on society in general. Recruiting seven other former servicemen who have turned to a life of crime, he plans a major bank robbery with military precision. Crime caper, starring Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Richard Attenborough, Roger Livesey and Bryan Forbes.

Cast & Crew

Lt Col Hyde Jack Hawkins
Peter Graham Race Nigel Patrick
Mycroft Roger Livesey
Edward Lexy Richard Attenborough
Martin Porthill Bryan Forbes
Stevens Kieron Moore
Bunny Warren Robert Coote
Rupert Rutland-Smith Terence Alexander
Peggy Melissa Stribling
Frank Weaver Norman Bird
Elizabeth Nanette Newman
CSM David Lodge
Wylie Patrick Wymark
Hilda Lydia Sherwood
Molly Weaver Doris Hare
Captain Saunders Gerald Harper
Grogan Brian Murray
Chorus boy Oliver Reed
Director Basil Dearden
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteGuidance: Swearing. Available on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama