The Lavender Hill Mob Reviews

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Super Reviewer
October 14, 2007
Guinnes creates an ordinary man striving for a dream, a mad and illegal one, but a dream anyhow. Contagiously charming and funny.
Super Reviewer
February 17, 2011
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...
Super Reviewer
½ October 23, 2006
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!
Mr Awesome
Super Reviewer
½ April 8, 2010
Alec Guinness' other heist-comedy ("The Ladykillers") might have a slight edge over this one, but funnily enough, I prefer the actual heist from this movie. Guinness is a mild-mannered bank supervisor who oversees the gold bullion shipments for the bank of England. When a frustrated artist (who makes lead paperweight replicas of the eiffel tower to sell to tourists in Paris) moves into his building, he gets an idea on how to smuggle stolen bullion out of the country. With the help of two criminal-type accomplices, the heist is planned out and executed to perfection. The police are quite perplexed and unsuspecting of Guinness, until one exceptionally clever member of scotland yard begins to suspect him. There are a few madcap chases in the movie which incorporate screwball comedy elements, but mostly the film's comedy relies on sublty rather than broad strokes. Guinness is fine, as usual, but the film itself isn't life-altering or mind-blowing in any way. Oh, it's perfectly serviceable, especially if you're looking for a mildly amusing crime-comedy, but I certainly wouldnt' call it a must-see.
Super Reviewer
November 20, 2013
Remade with Tom Hanks many years later, this is the ultimate British caper film with a very fine Guinness leading the way. A tight script produces wonders.
Super Reviewer
½ June 29, 2008
An Ealing comedy that is part comedy and part conventional heist film. The idea is that a group of misfits decide to commit a robbery if only because they needed an adventure to get away from their mundane lives. The fact that the heist participants are generally good natured people is a big part of why the movie works, and Alec Guinness is as good as ever. Ultimately it's a pretty frivolous good time, but it works pretty well and was a lot of fun.
April 1, 2010
I must say it's a little misleading to list Audrey Hepburn in the cast, she has 1 line and about 15 seconds of screen time. Generally speaking, well worth 80 minutes of my time, it beats doing stuff. It got a little too cheeky and/or stale/predictable here and there (not often, it's only 80 minutes after all), but it's always fun to watch Obi-Wan play some kind of mild-mannered weiner.
August 26, 2008
This film was somewhat creative, but not particularly funny for a film that was supposed to be funny.
January 27, 2007
omg, i thought this movie would just be another of those really long movies that put you to sleep by the end, but this was HILARIOUS!!! ALEX GUINESS WAS AMAZING!!!
November 11, 2006
A charming old comedy which justifies my fond memories. It is less frenetic than modern movies, although the centerpiece is a chase after six golden Eiffel towers. It has a gentle spirit and wonderful acting.
January 28, 2015
An inventive heist comedy where things, as one might anticipate, go a bit off. Regardless of the financial outcome, our protagonists win by coming alive while attempting something extraordinary (if unlawful).
January 20, 2015
Entretenidisima, el cine en su mejor expresi√¬≤n, una de mis favoritas.
April 25, 2014
Highly entertaining, much like "The Man in the White Suit". Sir Alec Guinness is truly a wonderful actor.
½ December 6, 2012
The perfect heist is patiently planned by the one person no one would suspect, a meek bank teller only months away from retirement (Alec Guinness). He's had years to consider every detail; and only days to recruit and rehearse his gang.

Watch for Audrey Hepburn's first major movie cameo in the opening restaurant scene!
December 20, 2013
A true classic comedy that is as much a joy to watch now as it was way back in the 50's. The pacing is perfect as there is never a dull moment because the great writing always pushes the plot forward so effortlessly, it never bogs down once. It's A genuine treat that is worth tracking down for some innocent light-hearted fun.
January 3, 2014
Very funny, high energy and clever writing elevate this crime caper to a pretty intense height. Not to mention some super inventive shots for the time period. Fans of classic comedy should see this no question!
October 6, 2013
Here's a random offering that stacks up to be a pleasantly enjoyable black 'n white - playing out in madcap fashion, a lighthearted batch of thieves led by none other than Alec Guinness manage to heist a bank truck full of gold buillon, causing chuckles and sometimes outright laughs all along the way (especially during the final chase scene where Alec and his friend have to escape from a giant exhibit hosted by... the police). 4/5 As far as old-fashioned studio flicks go, this is a B&W that won't bore - the script is fast-paced and there are enough big-screen moments (a stunning shot from atop the Eiffel Tower turns into disabling vertigo) to warrant this a certified fresh afternoon movie classic.
August 20, 2011
A trustworthy bank bullion supervisor decides to take advantage of his situation by setting up a gang with an artist and two robbers, and organise a robbery. The Lavender Hill Mob can certainly be taken as a solid example of the type of film making wide use of dark and witty humour which Ealing Studios produced. Set in the British working class, which seemed to widely inspire the renowned production house, the screenplay by T.E.B. Clark is flawless in its cleverness. The cast, including Alec Guinness as the everyman with a darker second personality, is superb. The film as a whole is a timeless classic.
April 24, 2013
Fun, inventive and witty crime caper.
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