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The First Great Train Robbery (1978)

In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.

The First Great Train Robbery (1978)

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Released Year: 1978
Runtime: 110 minutes
Directors: Michael Crichton


In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.



The New York Times - Vincent Canby
Mr. Crichton's previous films as a director — "Westworld" and "Coma" — are skillful and, each in its own way, entertaining, but they give no hint of the amplitude he displays in this visually dazzling period piece. With Sean Connery as the gang's elegant leader, the sort of mastermind who denies his body nothing, Lesley-Anne Down as his magnificent moll, and Donald Sutherland as his locksmith —"the best screwsman in England" — The Great Train Robbery is classy entertainment of the sort I associate exclusively with movies.
Empire - Ian Nathan
A splendidly detailed and rousing caper movie.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
Other pleasures: The wicked trick used to smuggle Connery into the locked car with the gold; the chase scene on top of the train; and, of course, the exquisite presence of Down, who has a bedroom scene with Connery that makes James Bond look curiously like Sherlock Holmes.
TV Guide Magazine - Unnamed
An entertaining thriller that stumbles occasionally on overlong dialogue sequences.
Variety - Unnamed
Crichton’s films drag in dialog bouts, but triumph when action takes over.

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