The Bank Job

  • 15
  • Roger Donaldson (2008)
  • US / UK / Aus
  • 107 min
The Bank Job
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Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Director Roger Donaldson (The World's Fastest Indian, Dante's Peak) goes for something different from his previous output here, with this good, old-fashioned British heist movie set in the early 1970s. Jason Statham plays the leader of a ragtag bunch of crooks who's persuaded by a former flame (Saffron Burrows) to break into the safety-deposit boxes of a Baker Street bank. But murky forces are afoot. Unbeknown to Statham and company, one of the boxes contains a right royal secret and the shadier elements of Britain's security forces will stop at nothing to ensure that it stays secret. Despite claims that it is founded in fact, The Bank Job is fancifully plotted and quite preposterous, but with a fast-moving script from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, it still manages to be entertaining, engaging and the sort of Swinging Sixties-style caper film that they don't really make any more.

Plot Summary

Heist thriller based on a true story, starring Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows. In 1970s London, Terry Leather, a car dealer with a dubious past, is approached by his glamorous former girlfriend Martine. She has a plan to steal safe deposit boxes from a top bank, and needs his help to organise the robbery. But the boxes contain more than just valuables, and Terry discovers that several dangerous individuals also want to get hold of them.

Cast and crew


Terry Leather
Jason Statham
Martine Love
Saffron Burrows
Kevin Swain
Stephen Campbell Moore
Dave Shilling
Daniel Mays
Guy Singer
James Faulkner
Alki David
Eddie Burton
Michael Jibson
Lew Vogel
David Suchet
Wendy Leather
Keeley Hawes
Nick Barton
Craig Fairbrass
Hakim Jamal
Colin Salmon
Miles Urquhart
Peter Bowles
Michael X
Peter De Jersey
Ingrid Burton
Georgia Taylor
Tim Everett
Richard Lintern
Gale Benson
Hattie Morahan
Lord Drysdale
Rupert Frazer
Detective Sergeant Roy Given
Gerard Horan
Sonia Bern
Sharon Maughan


Roger Donaldson

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Lionsgate UK
Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 29 Feb 2008
Certificate 15
Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd