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The Great Train Robbery 1979 PG CC

(143) IMDb 7/10

Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland and Lesley-Anne Down star in this true-life action thriller, based on director/screenwriter Michael Crichton's best-selling novel, about a daring gold heist that shocked Victorian society.

Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland
1 hour, 50 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Adventure
Director Michael Crichton
Starring Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland
Supporting actors Lesley-Anne Down, Alan Webb, Malcolm Terris, Robert Lang, Michael Elphick, Wayne Sleep, Pamela Salem, Gabrielle Lloyd, George Downing, James Cossins, John Bett, Peter Benson, Janine Duvitski, Brian de Salvo, André Morell, Donald Churchill, Brian Glover, Noel Johnson
Studio MGM
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Darren Harrison VINE VOICE on January 13, 2006
Format: DVD
Based on the book and directed by Michael Crichton, this enjoyable caper movie from 1979 brings together a fantastic cast in an authentic 19th century Victorian environment to tell a story based around the true story of the first great train robbery. I saw this movie many years ago on British television and have always found it enjoyable so it was an easy buy for me.
In addition to a superb Sean Connery as the suave mastermind Edward Pierce (is Connery ever NOT suave) and the always amazing Donald Sutherland as his accomplice Agar, we also have Lesley-Anne Down as Miriam. Down was a favorite actress of mine from this era with movies like "The Pink Panther Strikes Again," "Rough Cut" and "Sphinx." Here she plays Connery's lover who is not afraid to use her quite incredible feminine charms to aid Pierce character.
Joining the three leads are such well known faces as British television celebrity Michael Elphick (as the railway guard who aids Pierce and Agar); Pamela Salem as Emily Trent (Salem would be reunited with Connery four years later in the rogue 007 film "Never Say Never Again") and Alan Webb as the bank president.
Filmed in Ireland with a modest budget of only $6 million, the script is intelligent, the action appropriate and the dialogue both witty and engaging. The showpiece stunt with Pierce on top of a moving train has since been copied many times since, including in the 1983 James Bond movie "Octopussy" with Roger Moore in the role that Sean Connery made famous). But this stunt sequence is distinctive in that Connery performed his own stunts.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By sandy807 VINE VOICE on November 28, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Before watching this movie, I listened to the recorded book version, which was a little difficult to follow at times due in part to the reader's voice and partly to the dryness of some of the narrative. The movie made it more entertaining, snipping out the tedious details, and getting right to the main events. Of course, the book is meant to be more educational, a non-fictional account of an amazingly planned and executed train robbery, and the enigmatic disappearance of the mastermind once he was caught. The movie fulfills its duty in outlining the events, but makes it fun with entertaining characters and lively scenes. The three main characters: Sean Connery, (the mastermind), Donald Sutherland, (his sidekick), and Leslie Anne Down (Connery's girlfriend and accomplice) so delightfully play their roles, that you root for their successful conniving and contriving. This is a great movie for people who love to compare movies with the books they are made from.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel on June 9, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I was very lucky to have been introduced to this film at a young age, as I have had countless hours of joy watching this masterpiece... time and time again.
The Great Train Robbery has a unique quality, that all films strive to achieve, which is the capacity to entice an audience to return! It is an intelligent, crime comedy, with so much to offer any individual.
Superb performances from the likes of the greats Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland, for which I shall always remember them for, with a great supporting cast of familiar British faces.
The story tells of a handful of criminals, equipped with their own individual skills, who aspire to pull of the biggest train robbery to date. Set in a Victorian London, the film takes us through trains, stations, courts, prisons, and the streets of London... in a chase to outrun the police and each other. The crime's success depends on their charm, speed, cunning, love of cats and a change of clothes!
For me the film is complete with the final scene, which is one of the most exciting and gratifying that I have ever had the pleasure to watch. It's escapism at its best... watch, but be prepared for admiration of the two characters, of Connery and Sutherland! The film is great, in its truest sense!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rykre on September 21, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Sometimes I wonder if it is worth it to replace a DVD with a new blu-ray reissue. This blu-ray of "The Great Train Robbery" is really grainy throughout the film. It's easy to forget that it is a blu-ray disc because it doesn't look that much better than my DVD.

Oh well, as usual though, we tend to replace all our DVD's with blu-ray releases because sometimes, there may be a slight improvement. Small though that improvement may be.

This blu-ray may be worthy of selling for about ten dollars, but as you can see as of this date, it is very expensive for what wasn't much of a remastering effort at all.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The JuRK on February 9, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I remember being completely taken with this movie when I saw it in 1979. Sean Connery was on THE TODAY SHOW when it was released and discussed doing his own stunt work during the robbery scenes. Stumbling atop the rattling train, he was certain they had to be moving much faster than 35 MPH. When he asked the engineers how they knew they were going 35, they said they calculated it by counting the telephone poles going by! The train was actually going well over 50 MPH!
Director Michael Crichton recounts the same story in his commentary. I would've given this film five stars but, after listening to him voice his disatisfaction with it, I took one star off. I should've left the commentary for another time!
Crichton does offer a lot of interesting insights into the film. The difficulties of recreating a London that doesn't exist anymore, the moral dilemma of filming a dog killing rats (the "ratting" scene is real), the filming of the train scenes.
Connery brings his cool authority to the proceedings and Donald Sutherland is always interesting. Lesley Anne Down is gorgeous.
I really loved Jerry Goldsmith's elegant score. It really pulled the film together musically and I still have the soundtrack album.
I just wish I'd been in the soundbooth with Mr. Crichton after he finished his commentary: I would've said, "Come on, give yourself a break: you made a very cool movie!"
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