Review: ‘The Jokers’

Pic has the supreme virtue of portraying young people as they are, without patronizing or exploiting them: restless, somewhat disenchanted, privately aware of their Immaturity, and with a tendency to rush needlessly into action with a later psychological hangover in many cases.

Pic has the supreme virtue of portraying young people as they are, without patronizing or exploiting them: restless, somewhat disenchanted, privately aware of their Immaturity, and with a tendency to rush needlessly into action with a later psychological hangover in many cases.

Michael Crawford and Oliver Reed are two brothers, the former just expelled from still another college for a practical joke, the latter the author of that scheme. Together, they plan and execute a national outrage – theft of the Crown Jewels, with no intent to keep them, just to carry off the theft.

Sight gags and underplayed British throwaway gags are interleaved neatly with the growing suspense over whether the guys will succeed.

The Jokers

UK

Production

Rank Gildor-Scimitar. Director Michael Winner; Producer Maurice Foster, Ben Arbeid; Screenplay Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais; Camera Kenneth Hodges; Editor Bernard Gribble; Music Johnny Pearson; Art Director John Blezard

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Michael Crawford Oliver Reed Harry Andrews James Donald Daniel Massey Michael Hordern
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