The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery (1979)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 2, 1979
DVD Release Date: July 28, 1998
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Crichton's films drag in dialog bouts, but triumph when action takes over.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lumbers along at a dull pace.

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Time Out

The characters stay largely undeveloped, while -- despite superficially peculiar features -- the robbery is stripped of the ingenious exposition of the novel.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

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.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Imbued with the spirit of the '60s and '70s counterculture.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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TV Guide

An entertaining thriller that stumbles occasionally on overlong dialogue sequences.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Smooth crime caper flick with Connery .

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland star in this adventure/heist bit, spiced with witty dialogue and lively action scenes. Michael Crichton, of Jurassic Park… More
xGary Xx
Enjoyable period heist movie that's like a victorian version of The Italian Job. A likeable cast of british stalwarts makes it all the more enjoyable.
Aj V
Oh, so boring... Sure there's a good cast, but they're not even doing anything exciting anyway.
Byron Brubaker
Fun crime caper. Playful. Shows how the characters (led by mastermind Connery) carefully prepare all the pieces necessary to pull off the heist. Good period… More
Lady D'arbanville
Not the most intriguiging of robbery/hiest movies, but clever all the same. It plodded along slowly but at an entertaining pace, interesting to see a… More
Danny Rovira
Writer and director Michael Crichton's highly enjoyable tongue-in-cheek crime caper period drama, is based on his script for his own bestselling novel… More