Review: ‘Robbery’

This precision-tooled suspense thriller turns many of the traditional ingredients that usually go into this kind of film inside out and manages to come up with a tight, well paced, highly entertaining pic[from a treatment by Gerald Wilson].

This precision-tooled suspense thriller turns many of the traditional ingredients that usually go into this kind of film inside out and manages to come up with a tight, well paced, highly entertaining pic[from a treatment by Gerald Wilson].

For a brisk start there’s a car robbery and the maneuvres of the robbers in London streets consume the first 20 minutes, during which there is [virtually] no dialog but a thumping good score by Johnny Keating which adds to the unexplained incidents. The cleverly executed theft is followed by a roller-coaster car chase.

Peter Yates directs with a sense of authenticity and detail which makes the viewer both detached and increasingly curious concerning the various incidents involved in blueprinting and executing the robbery of £3 million from a British mail train.

Robbery

UK

Production

Oakhurst. Director Peter Yates; Producer Stanley Baker, Michael Deeley; Screenplay Edward Boyd, Peter Yates, George Markstein; Camera Douglas Slocombe; Editor Reginald Beck; Music Johnny Keating; Art Director Michael Seymour

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 114 MIN.

With

Stanley Baker Joanna Pettet James Booth Frank Finlay Barry Foster William Marlowe
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