‘They’ are the IRA, coyly referred to as ‘The Movement’, who plan to rob the Bank of England vaults to boost their coffers – and inflict humiliation on the British government. Aldo Ray stars as the meaty Irish-American mining engineer brought in to mastermind the heist (and boost the US box office). In his first major role, Peter O’Toole stars as the initially languid Guards officer who stumbles across the plot and finally proves his mettle as a soldier. It was this performance which led David Lean to cast him as Lawrence. Inevitably there’s a romantic subplot, but the pleasure of the film resides more in the physical detail of the frenzied tunnelling beneath the Bank and the gallery of familiar characters in small roles, including the inimitable Miles Malleson as the Assistant Curator of the Soane Museum.
- John Guillermin
- Aldo Ray, Elizabeth Sellars, Peter O'Toole, Kieron Moore, Albert Sharpe, Joseph Tomelty, Wolf Frees, John Le Mesurier, Miles Malleson, Colin Gordon, Andrew Keir, Hugh Griffith
- 85 min