Seeing "The Gateway to the West" as their gateway to riches, three professional criminals and first-timer George arrive in St. Louis to plunder the Southwest Bank. Their plan involves split-second timing and many dry runs, but there is also increasing tension between the small band of desperate men as it becomes apparent that heist mastermind Egan's distrust of women has deepened into madness. The plan goes terribly awry when a basement switchboard operator alerts the police, dashing the gang's hopes for a quick getaway. Guns blaze and bullets fly in an explosive orgy of blood, sweat, tear gas and violent death! - Tom Weaver
Great St. Louis Bank Robbery
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The story is about George Fowler (Steve McQueen) he is hired to be the getaway driver in a bank robbery by a old friend Gino (David Clarke).He meets with the rest of the crew the methodical John Egan the boss (Crahan Denton) and Willie (James Dukas) the criminal that has past his prime and jealous of George's importance in the robbery.Throught the film we see the preparation for the robbery and George's involment with a past love.
What I liked about this film despite it being a old film and in black and white its that its good heist film.Its cool how they prepare the heist.Timing the runs and checking for cops close to the bank.Another thing is the film feels real and the plot doesn't go to extremes like some other films that we have today.Also there is a scene in the film that I especially liked was where Gino is in the bathroom shaving and George closes the door and Gino realises how small the bathroom is and claustrophobic of it reminding how jail is to locked up.Today in films criminals act like its nothing getting out of jail.
The DVD is a barebones release.Nothing at all.Dont expect in the near future any special edition.But if you really like this film get because just look at the price 4 dollars.Who can beat that.
A entertaining and quick film with good performances.Not a bad heist film with no happy ending for a change than most cliché films.Any Steve McQueen fans should see this to look at the start of this legend's career.
My father obviously is "Tom", owner of the grill, I remember many of the actual police officers in the movie as well as those that were involved in the real robbery. In the scene where the police cars are coming out of the station to respond to the bank, they are coming out of the 2nd district police station on Hampton Ave. which was right behind my house. Since I used to go to the station, shoot my .22 rifle in the basement range, put the flag up on week-ends, I got to know many of the officers that also knew my dad. As well as sometimes sneaking a ride on the back of one of the police motorcycles from time to time.
Yes, it brought back many memories, the movie itself was of course low budget, black and white, a very young Steve and refreshingly not full of sex, and tons of profanity.
To Amazon, I can only say thank you, from my heart, I am now a semi-retired former police officer, on reserves, and a PhD meteorologist here in Carlsbad, New Mexico.Read more ›
Steve McQueen, in his second starring role, is excellent as getaway driver, George Fowler, a naive college student who finds himself wrapped up in the world of crime. Even here in only his second major role, McQueen has already perfected the quiet, loner type. Crahan Denton plays John Egan, the emotionally fragile leader of the bunch who wants this to be his last job. David Clarke plays Gino, the ex-con who refuses to go back to prison. James Dukas stars as Willie, the member of the bunch who takes pleasure in antagonizing the rest of the gang. Molly McCarthy plays Ann, a girl George used to date who gets unwillingly involved with the heist. The DVD contains a small biography about McQueen and the standard presentation of the movie which doesn't look too bad. For a surprisingly good heist movie with an excellent performance from a young Steve McQueen, check out The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery!
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Interesting and low key crime movie. Very young McQueen is interesting to watch. Also fascinating is the unstated homosexual relationship of some of the robbers.Published 2 months ago by W. F. Sweetnam
this is a young Steve McQueen. Good, not great film noir. This movie is a treat for real Steve McQueen fans.Published 3 months ago by Deborah Suyehara
If your a Steve McQueen fan, this movie is a must have. With the exception of Crahan Denton, the other actors are wooden and one dimensional, and the direction is lousy, but you... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Roy Shultz
Plot drags on but it is interesting watching a young Steve McQueen.Published 13 months ago by Michael F. Nevius
This is a very well made oldie but goodie. Steve McQueen is just a baby in this film, and you can see why he became a star! The plot is very good, all the actors are great. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stephen Deutsch