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The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

The Lavender Hill Mob


Average Rating: 8.6/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 27
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 1
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 0


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 5,334


Movie Info

Charles Crichton directed this Ealing caper comedy, with a witty script by T.E.B. Clarke that won an Academy Award. Alec Guinness is Henry Holland, an unassuming transporter of gold bullion who, after working for twenty years with no rewards in sight for his faithful service to his company, decides to reward himself by stealing one million pounds worth of gold. Calling on his old friend Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway), a manufacturer of paperweights and an amateur sculptor, and a couple of Cockney … More

Drama , Classics , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
T.E.B. Clarke
In Theaters:
Sep 10, 2002


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Critic Reviews for The Lavender Hill Mob

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (0) | DVD (10)

Charles Crichton's direction is subtle but inventive - check out the snaking, near-single-take opening in a Rio cabana - and the performances, writing and plotting are faultless.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Inventive, economic, masterly.

Full Review… | July 24, 2011
Observer [UK]

You are left wanting more rather than thinking less would have been better.

Full Review… | July 22, 2011
This is London

It's tremendously good fun, though lighter in tone than Ealing's two scabrous masterpieces Kind Hearts and Coronets and The Ladykillers...

Full Review… | July 21, 2011

Both a joyous comedy and a tense thriller. Indeed, its climactic car-chase sequence is easily as dramatic as any of those found in today's summer blockbusters.

Full Review… | July 21, 2011
Daily Telegraph

[A] superb and subtle crime-film spoof.

Full Review… | July 21, 2011
Radio Times

Alec Guinness shines in this hilarious British comedy.

Full Review… | July 18, 2011
Empire Magazine

Inflation may have dented the allure of its 1m bullion heist, but this 1951 Ealing comedy is still 24-carat gold.

Full Review… | July 6, 2011
Total Film

Alec Guinness received a well deserved Oscar nomination for this hilarious British comedy

Full Review… | April 16, 2011

The real joy of the movie is less about the caper than these two invisible, workaday men discovering the thrills of attempting something extraordinary - even if it is felonious.

Full Review… | October 18, 2010
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Cockney wit is outrageously funny.

Full Review… | August 4, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fun, perfectly realized Ealing Studios outing

March 22, 2005

All time classic Guiness comedy.

October 15, 2004
Kansas City Kansan


October 11, 2004

The genre of the caper-gone-wrong crime comedy may have been invented circa 1950 in Ealing Studios… Mob avoids most of what became the clichés of the genre.

Full Review… | May 31, 2004
Decent Films Guide

Alec Guinness was great before Star Wars.

February 13, 2004
Atlantic City Weekly

Delightful if mostly forgettable farce about an unexpected robbery, with nimble if showy multiple performance by Alec Guinness.

October 11, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

An amusingly giddy heist flick.

August 21, 2003

A wonderful, fun classic, not to be missed.

December 17, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Funny, but not one of Ealing's best.

November 5, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Lavender Hill Mob


The Lavender Hill Mob is an Ealing classic. Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James and Alfie Bass are the perfect quartet in this very well written and hugely lovable crime caper. The script is very clever and the dialogue is sharp and brilliantly delivered. It is one of the few exceptions that really has stood the test of time. I just really wish I didn't end the way it does!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Guinnes creates an ordinary man striving for a dream, a mad and illegal one, but a dream anyhow. Contagiously charming and funny.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

The Lavender Hill Mob, one of the Ealing Studios classics was definitely amusing and had a few hysterical moments, but I didn't love it. The humor was witty and drier than Kafka in the Sahara. The movie has a reputation of being an absolute laugh riot (at least from what I've heard) but I didn't feel like the movie lived up to that expectation. Alec Guinness was as always superb, but the movie was nothing to flip out over. The 30 seconds of a young Audrey Hepburn definitely helped though...

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


Brilliant Ealing comedy, this pitch-perfect crime caper stars Alec Guinness in one of his finest performances, a timid clerk who decides to claim himself a fortune with a motely crew including Ealing mainstay Stanley Holloway. The film is probably the template for all bungling crime films, but mercifully lacks the slapstick of its imitators. Pacy and highly comical, this is definately worth your while. Watch out as well for Audrey Hpburn's tiny role as Chiquita in the first scene as well!

Antony Stubbs

Super Reviewer

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