The robbery was a year in the planning and involved making sets of duplicate keys from impressions for the locks on the safes, and bribing the train's guard, a man called Burgess. Archived from on 22 May 2015. Clean Willy is subsequently arrested after being caught pick-pocketing and informs on Pierce. In 1977 it was announced the film would be made in Ireland by with and. It is also revealed that Peter had Diana keep the music box';s location hidden even from Peter himself. Diana and Peter';s lead brings them to an unidentified man who escapes their pursuit. Crichton based his character 'Clean Willy' Williams, played by dancer , on Williams.
Neal begins to suspect that Peter is investigating the plane explosion behind his back. After arranging for Miriam to travel in the same compartment as Fowler to divert his attention, Pierce crosses the roof of the train and unlocks the baggage van's door from the outside. 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. The film stars , , and. During the filming at the station, a diesel locomotive leaked a large quantity of fuel onto the tracks by the platform.
In order to hide the robbers' intentions, wax impressions are to be made of each of the keys. Pierce smuggles Agar into the baggage car disguised as a corpse in a coffin. Pierce then stages a phony police raid to rescue Miriam, forcing Fowler to flee to avoid a scandal. Agar is also present, disguised as a driver. Among the adventures needed to pull off the perfect heist, Pierce romances the prissy and conservative Elizabeth Trent Gabrielle Lloyd , and busts the one cat burglar in England who can assist with an important part of his plan, a confidence game on a gullible bank manager. He and Agar replace the gold with lead bars and toss the bags of gold off the train at a prearranged point.
A master of intricate plotting, Crichton follows the four thieves through the planning of the minutest details of the elaborate scheme, creating suspense with the unexpected and seemingly unbeatable difficulties thrown in their path. Perhaps his approach is too dry and cautious to produce an explosive, uninhibited mixture of thrills and humor. In particular, the final scenes were filmed in Square of and in. Connery climbing atop the moving railroad cars, ducking under bridges just before a possible decapitation, is marvelous action footage that manages to be very funny as it takes your breath away. The Great Train Robbery was directed by Michael Crichton and was based on his novel of the same name. As Pierce is about to be put into the wagon, he frees himself and he and Agar escape, to the jubilation of the crowd and the chagrin of the police. Pierce ingratiates himself with Trent by feigning a shared interest in.
Here as clever, endlessly resourceful gentleman thief Edwin Pierce, he departs from the role that almost typecast him forever while showcasing the qualities that made him such a hit as the master spy: a dashing, danger-loving virility tempered by a sardonic humor that lets audiences in on the joke. Director: Michael Crichton Producer: John Foreman Screenplay: Michael Crichton Cinematography: Geoffrey Unsworth Music: Jerry Goldsmith Art Direction: Bert Davey Principle Cast: Sean Connery Edward Pierce , Donald Sutherland Agar , Lesley-Anne Down Miriam , Alan Webb Edgar Trent , Malcom Terris Henry Fowler , Robert Lang Inspector Sharp , Michael Elphick Burgess , Wayne Sleep Clean Willy, Pamela Salem Emily Trent C-111m. An online search leads her to a great loft. Connery wore soft rubber soled shoes and the roofs of the carriages were covered with a sandy, gritty surface. Pierce recruits Robert Agar Donald Sutherland , a pickpocket and. The gold shipment of £12,000 equal to £1,101,507 today in gold coin and ingots from the -to- was stolen by Pierce and his accomplices, a in the railway offices named Tester, and a skilled named Agar. London: Maurice Temple Smith Ltd.
The music for two pianos played by the characters Elizabeth Gabrielle Lloyd and Emily Trent is from the third movement of Mozart's Molto Allegro. The site's critics praised the film's comedic tone, action sequences, and Victorian details. Mary then sets out on a quest to determine not only who this mysterious man was but also what to do with his ashes, only to learn that there was much more to her couch potato boyfriend than she ever thought imaginable. In order to pull off their plan, though, they first need to get four different keys to open the train's safe, each of which has been entrusted with a different person. Crichton deliberately varied the film from his book. Connery made this picture eight years after swearing off the James Bond series with Diamonds Are Forever 1971 and four years before returning to the franchise that made him world famous in his last shot as 007, the aptly titled Never Say Never Again 1983. When the production company's steam engine rolled onto the same tracks, embers dropping from the underside of the locomotive ignited the fuel soaked track, momentarily producing a very large fire within the station.
Music The music for two pianos, played by the characters Elizabeth Gabrielle Lloyd and Emily Trent during the scene in which Peirce and Agar surreptitiously enter the Trent's townhouse in order to obtain an impression of one of the safe keys from the wine cellar, is from the third movement of Mozart's Molto Allegro. Set in Victorian England, the charming band of thieves in Michael Crichton's The Great Train Robbery 1979 pull off the Big Job using nothing more technologically advanced than wax impressions of keys, ingenious disguises - even a dead cat. While Fowler is distracted by Miriam, Agar makes an impression of his key. Pierce is put on trial for the robbery. And for the thrilling climax, ace cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth It was his last feature filmed star Sean Connery on top of a speeding train barely escaping decapitation as he ducks under low bridges with no stunt double, back projection or the computer-generated effects we're used to today.
Porter's identically titled 1903 silent movie, usually considered the first full-scale Western on the American screen. . The most expensive film Crichton had directed to date, nearly 10 percent of the budget went to a single set, a 19th century recreation of London's Strand down to the cobblestone street, ale houses and that pinnacle of British Empire opulence and folly, Queen Victoria's Crystal Palace. However, the train crew used an inaccurate means of judging the train's speed. Country Language English The First Great Train Robbery — in the also known as The Great Train Robbery — is a directed by , who also wrote the screenplay based on his novel. As he exits the courthouse, he receives the adulation of the crowds, who consider him a folk hero for his daring act. Of course, no heist story is complete without the near-obligatory henchmen, master criminals of singular skill and charming quirkiness like safecracker Agar Donald Sutherland and cat burglar Clean Willy Wayne Sleep.
The Great Train Robbery original movie poster Directed by Produced by Written by Starring Music by Cinematography Editing by Distributed by Release date s February 2, 1979 Running time 110 min. The police quickly become suspicious and arrest him before he can rejoin his accomplices. He plans to steal a monthly shipment of gold from the London to train which is meant as payment for British troops fighting in the. But in adapting his novel, he expanded its scope beyond the basic heist plot to give audiences both a healthy dose of comedy and rich period detail. The executives of the bank who arrange the gold transport, the manager Mr. Heuston Station in Dublin stood in for 'London Bridge Station' in the film. The train driver was John Byrne from Mullingar, now deceased.
Pierce plans to reach the car across the coach roofs while the train is under way, but he and Miriam encounter Fowler, who is riding the train to Folkestone to watch over the shipment. Clean Willy escapes from his captors, but is murdered by Barlow on Pierce's orders. Here's proof that an exciting, entertaining heist movie doesn't have to depend on modern high-tech wizardry on the part of either the filmmakers or the characters in the story. Crichton, of course, is the man behind such blockbusters as Westworld 1973 , Coma 1978 , Jurassic Park 1993 and Twister 1996 , so he knows a thing or two about putting audiences at the edge of their seats. The film starred , and. In particular, the final scenes were filmed in and in. However, soot from the engine's smoke has stained Pierce's skin and clothes and he is forced to borrow Agar's suit, which is much too small for him.