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Buster

  • Drama
  • 1988
  • David Green
  • 92 mins
  • 15

Summary

Fact-based crime drama about the life of Buster Edwards, a member of the gang responsible for the Great Train Robbery. Going on the run after the notorious heist, he flees to Mexico with his family. However, his homesick wife struggles to adapt to her new life, leaving the outlaw with a difficult choice. Starring Phil Collins, Julie Walters, Sheila Hancock, Larry Lamb and Ralph Brown.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Although he's best known as a musician, Phil Collins actually began his showbusiness career as a child actor. He was given his first lead movie role here as Buster Edwards, one of the gang involved in the Great Train Robbery. Julie Walters plays his wife and they make the most of their roles as lovably cheeky cockney sparrers chirruping away in Acapulco after fleeing London. EastEnders-style clichés fall as thick and fast as the pair's "aitches", and, while Collins does his best, it's Walters who steals the limelight as a woman missing the comforts of home. Too squeaky clean to be believable, this is an entertaining but fairy-tale view of law-breaking.

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Credits

Cast

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Buster EdwardsPhil Collins
June EdwardsJulie Walters
Bruce ReynoldsLarry Lamb
Franny ReynoldsStephanie Lawrence
Nicky EdwardsEllen Beaven
HarryMichael Attwell
RonnieRalph Brown (2)
GeorgeChristopher Ellison
Mrs RotherySheila Hancock
Inspector Jack MitchellMartin Jarvis
Sergeant ChalmersClive Wood
Sir James McDowellAnthony Quayle
PoyserMichael Byrne
Justice ParryHarold Innocent
FaircloughRupert Vansittart
JimmyJohn Benfield
WalterJohn Barrard
LindaCarole Collins
SusanAmy Shindler

Crew

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DirectorDavid Green

Details

Theatrical distributor
Vestron Pictures
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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