The Great Train Robbery
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Not a remake of the landmark 1903 Edwin S. Porter film, The Great Train Robbery is a dramatization of the famous first hold-up of a moving train in 1855 England. The conspirators in this undertaking are Edward Pierce (Sean Connery), Agar (Donald Sutherland) and Clean Willy (Wayne Sleep). Pierce is the brains, Clean Willy the brawn, and safecracker Agar provides the finesse. The scheme involves stealing a shipment of gold bars intended to be used in the payroll for the Army in the Crimean War. Lesley Anne Down co-stars as Miriam, the woman on the outside who arranges Connery's getaway. When… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Crichton's films drag in dialog bouts, but triumph when action takes over."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Connery is one of the best light comedians in the movies, and has been ever since those long-ago days when he was James Bond."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Lumbers along at a dull pace."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Great Train Robbery offers a peep into Victorian society with its strange sports, public hangings and high society rituals."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Connery and Sutherland shine in one of Crichton's absolute best."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The characters stay largely undeveloped, while -- despite superficially peculiar features -- the robbery is stripped of the ingenious exposition of the novel."
‑ , Time Out
"Crichton is after a giggly quality as if it's being told as a pub yarn, soaked in exaggeration and acute trickery to defeat impossible hurdles, while never far from redoubtable moral lesson."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Imbued with the spirit of the '60s and '70s counterculture."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Amiable enough, but as heist films go this is well below average."
‑ , Film4
"It all seems a bit dated now"
‑ Carlo Cavagna,
"he climactic heist of the gold, with Mr. Connery climbing atop the moving railroad cars, ducking under bridges just before a possible decapitation, is marvelous action footage that manages to be very funny as it takes your breath away."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"An entertaining thriller that stumbles occasionally on overlong dialogue sequences."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Smooth crime caper flick with Connery ."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Excellent period film featuring great performances by Connery and Sutherland. Crichton's direction builds some very tense moments, particularly in the execution of the robbery, but the movie isn't too serious to throw in an occasional gag. Deserves to be"
‑ Larry Carroll,
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