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The Bank Job (2008)

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Crime, Thriller |

The Bank Job is a heist thriller film directed by Roger Donaldson, written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, and starring Jason Statham, based on the 1971 Baker Street robbery in central London, from which the money and valuables stolen were never recovered. The producers allege that the story was prevented from being told in 1971 because of a D-Notice, allegedly to protect a prominent member of the British Royal Family. According to the producers, this film is intended to reveal the truth for the first time, although it includes significant elements of fiction.

The premiere was held in London on 18 February 2008. The film was released in the UK on 29 February 2008 and in the US on 7 March 2008. It has grossed $64.8 million worldwide.

The British Security Services (MI5) have taken interest in a safety deposit box that is located in a Lloyd’s Bank branch on the corner of Baker Street and Marylebone Road. It belongs to a black militant gangster, Michael X, and contains compromising photos of Princess Margaret, which he is keeping as insurance to keep the British authorities off his back. Martine Love, an ex-model who is romantically involved with MI5 agent Tim Everett, is caught at Heathrow Airport smuggling drugs into the country, and to avoid going to jail, she makes a deal with the authorities whereby she agrees to retrieve the photos.

Martine approaches her friend Terry, a struggling East London car salesman with criminal contacts, and tells him that if he can assemble the gang to help her rob the bank, he will be richly rewarded, though she does not tell him about the photos in the deposit box. Terry recruits a small team, including one of his own workers, Eddie, Dave, Kevin, Bambas, and Guy Singer. While scouting the bank, Dave runs into local gangster Lew Vogel, for whom he has made several pornographic films.

Director: Roger Donaldson

Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais

Stars: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daniel Mays, James Faulkner, Alki David, Michael Jibson

Cast:

Jason StathamTerry Leather
Saffron BurrowsMartine Love
Stephen Campbell MooreKevin Swain
Daniel MaysDave Shilling
James FaulknerGuy Singer
Alki DavidBambas
Michael JibsonEddie Burton
Georgia TaylorIngrid Burton
Richard LinternTim Everett
Peter BowlesMiles Urquart
Alistair PetriePhilip Lisle
Hattie MorahanGale Benson
Julian Lewis JonesSnow
Andrew BrookeQuinn
Rupert FrazerLord Drysdale (as Rupert Fraser)
Christopher OwenMountbatten
Keeley HawesWendy Leather
Taelor SamwaysCatherine Leather
Kasey BateripJulie Leather
Don GallagherGerald Pyke
Craig FairbrassNick Barton
Gerard HoranRoy Given
Robert WhitelockAlfie Hook
David SuchetLew Vogel
Peter De JerseyMichael X
Johann MyersStanley ‘The Knife’ Abbot
Colin SalmonHakim Jamal
Sharon MaughanSonia Bern
Ray NicholasVogel’s Driver
Les Kenny-GreenPinky
Jamie KennaPerky
Angus WrightEric Addey
Mark PhoenixMr Brown
James HallCustoms Agent
Cameron AndersonYoung Soldier
Julian FirthLawyer
Norma DixitCustoms Matron
Antony GabrielReporter
Rupert VansittartSir Leonard Plugge
Bronson WebbChicken Inn Waiter
Omar MostafaChicken Inn Cook
Dylan CharlesChicken Inn Customer
Michael HaugheyBank Manager
Ray TrickittBeat Policeman
Steve GibbsNewspaper Hawker
Ursula MohanDave’s Mum
Alan SwofferJohn Lennon
Louise ChambersThe Princess
Bonnie SimonIsland\sWoman
Dimitri PappadopoullosIsland Man
Dai SmithWedding Band (as The Storys)
Alan ThomasWedding Band (as The Storys)
Brian ThomasWedding Band (as The Storys)
Rob ThompsonWedding Band (as The Storys)
Andy CollinsWedding Band (as The Storys)
Steve BalsamoWedding Band (as The Storys)
Debbie AttwellWedding Guest
Shane James BordasReporter
Trevor CoppolaLeonard
John De LucaEddie’s Friend
James FiddyStrip Club Punter
Martin GoochSecret Photographer
Kas GrahamPlayboy Club Punter
Mick JaggerBank Employee – Safe Deposit
Wayne ParkhousePolice Driver
John WarmanC.I.D. Officer
Chris WilsonCID Officer

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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