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Fool's Gold - The Story of the Brink's-Mat Robbery

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Wearing his trademark bowler hat and squeaky boots, Cribb tracks his prey amidst such Victorian pastimes as bare-fisted fighting, spiritualism in the drawing rooms of high society, nude midnight swims in the Thames and bizarre marathon "wobbles" or walking contests. Filled with lavish period detail and jaw-dropping plot twists, the adventures of Sergeant Cribb reveal the dark underbelly of Victorian life. Mickey McAvoy (Bean) is a vicious, small-time crook out to make a name for himself in the London underworld. He and his gang have mapped out the ‘perfect crime’, one that will elevate their status among violent criminals everywhere. However, a shocking discovery during the job causes loyalties to shift within the group ... and allows the cops to put unbearable heat on someone who can bring the whole operation crashing down.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Sean Bean, Trevor Byfield, Larry Lamb, George Jackos, Sharon Maiden
  • Directors: Terry Winsor
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2003
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007AJDP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,235 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fool's Gold - The Story of the Brink's-Mat Robbery" on IMDb

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Tiggah on October 23, 2003
Format: DVD
In November 1983, in what was the biggest heist in Britain's history to date, gold bullion worth 26 million pounds sterling was stolen from a security warehouse in London. Fool's Gold, a 1992 British LWT film starring Sean Bean (Sharpe, Essex Boys, Extremely Dangerous, Bravo Two Zero, Lady Chatterley), tells the story of the heist and, more to the point, of what happened afterward.
The theft was committed by a ruthless, brutal gang of career criminals orchestrated and lead by Micky McAvoy (Bean). By way of background, McAvoy was a workhorse for a group whom I can only describe as British mafia. He aspired to strike out on his own--to run his own show, so to speak--and decided on the security warehouse for his maiden heist. Though the theft is a matter of public record, I don't wish to reveal too much about the characters or the repercussions for those unfamiliar with events. Suffice it to say that these were small-time crooks and it was McAvoy's first job as head man--and it was a pure coincidence that the Brinks-Mat gold happened to be in the warehouse the weekend of the robbery. As a result, McAvoy finds himself faced with an even bigger problem than the theft: What does one do with 26 million in marked gold?
The film is 104 minutes, and special features on the DVD include a Profile of Sean Bean and Daring Heists of the Twentieth Century, both of which are text-based. As for the film itself, like most British productions it benefits enormously from repeated viewings, and I found I got a lot more out of it (and hence enjoyed it far more) the second time around. The story is well told and the film impeccably cast. Bean (donning a Cockney accent here) excels in roles that require strong characters (be they good guys or bad ones), and his performance here is flawless.
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Slow moving plot with lots of language unneeded. Much more to this true story but wasn't covered in the plot
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By darkstaruk on December 4, 2013
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it was a present for someone else, i am not interested in this film. we could not get it in England.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. K. Moro on June 25, 2006
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Notwithstanding the fact that the acing in the movie is actually quite good, the screenplay is so tedious I actually fell asleep in the middle of the afternoon while watching it. A good cure for insomnia!
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