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The Bank Job

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I was kind of connected to this!

    In 1970 I worked in a record shop in St Johns Wood with and for the owner of Le Sac. I think it was actually called The Sac Shop and he offered to give me a lease on the basement to sell records. As he wouldn't let me have a display in the side window I said no. Had I said yes he might not have closed the shop and the raid may never have happened. Weird thought! My mother used to play cards at a private casino club near Marylebone Station called The Regency Club, casinos were not legal at the time. The lady owner of the club had over &#163 100,000 in her safe deposit box at that bank. She lost that and never reported it to the authorities as it was undeclared. My father always said that had she declared it, paid taxes and invested it, she would have had the same amount in the end but legally! How many times have I told the story? I saw the film by chance yesterday on an Air France flight to the Caribbean. Imagine my surprise. Good film, and probably not far from the truth. I always wondered why it disappeared from the news. Now I know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Bank Job Goes Wrong for All the Right Reasons!

    THE BANK JOB is first class entertainment - a well-written script (Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais) with many twists and turns, face paced direction (Roger Donaldson), and a reliable cast of actors who know this genre well. AND it is all based on a true event from 1970 when a bank heist in London resulted in a number of falls of the heads of government who were locking away their 'dirty underwear' in the safety deposit boxes of a quiet bank on Baker Street. A great, unique movie this is not, but it is one that provides close to two hours of complex but highly suspenseful antics that keep the viewer glued to the screen. Terry Leather (Jason Statham) isn't making it as a car salesman and has debts to pay to the crime world. He meets an old sweetheart Martine Love (Saffron Burrows) who proposes that Terry and his friends rob a bank that is due for security repairs and a fairly surefire safe means to instant wealth. Martine just happens to be working with a fellow who wants some rasty photographs of Princess Margaret in questionable sexual liaisons and has Martine setup the 'easy heist'. Terry and friends agree to the too- good-to-be-true venture and begin to burrow into the bank vault under cover of night and clever means. Once the 'keystone cops' of London arrive on the scene the comedy portion begins, but when Terry, Martine and friends successfully achieve their goal, all manner of complications occur and the ways in which police and governmental corruption color the picture makes for a solid ending. As a fine addendum, the true facts of this actual heist and resulting events are flashed on the screen before the closing credits. The cast (including such fine actors as Stephen Campbell Moore, Daniel Mays, Alki David, James Faulkner et al) seems to have a great time with the caper and there is just the right balance between suspense and comedy to make the movie work. And oh the secrets about naughty England we discover! Grady Harp

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