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The Bank Job

  • Documentary and factual
  • Drama
  • 2008
  • Roger Donaldson
  • 107 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

Credits

Cast

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Terry LeatherJason Statham
Martine LoveSaffron Burrows
Kevin SwainStephen Campbell Moore
Dave ShillingDaniel Mays
Guy SingerJames Faulkner
BambasAlki David
Eddie BurtonMichael Jibson
Lew VogelDavid Suchet
Wendy LeatherKeeley Hawes
Nick BartonCraig Fairbrass
Hakim JamalColin Salmon
Miles UrquhartPeter Bowles
Michael XPeter De Jersey
Ingrid BurtonGeorgia Taylor
Tim EverettRichard Lintern
Gale BensonHattie Morahan
Lord DrysdaleRupert Frazer
Detective Sergeant Roy GivenGerard Horan
Sonia BernSharon Maughan

Crew

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DirectorRoger Donaldson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Lionsgate UK
Released on
2008-02-29
Languages
English | Latin
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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