The Great Train Robbery (1978)

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The Great Train Robbery
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TitleThe Great Train Robbery
Original TitleThe First Great Train Robbery
Year1978
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreThriller (Movies)
CollectionRobbery
Run Time1h 50 min
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In 1855 Edward Pierce, seemingly a charismatic member of London’s high society, is secretly a master thief. He plans to steal a monthly shipment of gold from the London to Folkestone train which is meant as payment for British troops fighting in the Crimean War. The gold is heavily guarded in two heavy safes in the baggage car, each of which has two locks, requiring a total of four keys. Pierce recruits Robert Agar, a pickpocket and screwsman. Pierce’s mistress Miriam and his chauffeur Barlow join the plot, and a train guard, Burgess, is bribed into participation. The executives of the bank who arrange the gold transport, the manager Mr. Henry Fowler and the president Mr. Edgar Trent, each possess a key; the other two are locked in a cabinet at the offices of the South Eastern Railway at the London Bridge train station. In order to hide the robbers’ intentions, wax impressions are to be made of each of the keys.

Pierce ingratiates himself with Trent by feigning a shared interest in ratting. He also begins courting Trent’s spinster daughter, Elizabeth, and learns from her the location of her father’s key. Pierce and Agar successfully break into Trent’s home at night, manage to locate the hidden key and make a wax impression before making a clean getaway despite a close call with the butler. Pierce targets Fowler through his weakness for prostitutes. Miriam reluctantly poses as “Madame Lucienne”, a high-class courtesan in an exclusive bordello. Miriam meets with Fowler and asks him to undress, forcing him to remove the key worn round his neck. While Fowler is distracted by Miriam, Agar makes an impression of his key. Pierce then stages a phony police raid to rescue Miriam, forcing Fowler to flee to avoid a scandal.

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In 1855 Edward Pierce, seemingly a charismatic member of London’s high society, is secretly a master thief. He plans to steal a monthly shipment of gold from the London to Folkestone train which is meant as payment for British troops fighting in the Crimean War. The gold is heavily guarded in two heavy safes in the baggage car, each of which has two locks, requiring a total of four keys. Pierce recruits Robert Agar, a pickpocket and screwsman. Pierce’s mistress Miriam and his chauffeur Barlow join the plot, and a train guard, Burgess, is bribed into participation. The executives of the bank who arrange the gold transport, the manager Mr. Henry Fowler and the president Mr. Edgar Trent, each possess a key; the other two are locked in a cabinet at the offices of the South Eastern Railway at the London Bridge train station. In order to hide the robbers’ intentions, wax impressions are to be made of each of the keys.

Pierce ingratiates himself with Trent by feigning a shared interest in ratting. He also begins courting Trent’s spinster daughter, Elizabeth, and learns from her the location of her father’s key. Pierce and Agar successfully break into Trent’s home at night, manage to locate the hidden key and make a wax impression before making a clean getaway despite a close call with the butler. Pierce targets Fowler through his weakness for prostitutes. Miriam reluctantly poses as “Madame Lucienne”, a high-class courtesan in an exclusive bordello. Miriam meets with Fowler and asks him to undress, forcing him to remove the key worn round his neck. While Fowler is distracted by Miriam, Agar makes an impression of his key. Pierce then stages a phony police raid to rescue Miriam, forcing Fowler to flee to avoid a scandal.

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