Buster (1988)





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On August 8, 1963, the Royal Mail train, on its nighttime run from London to Glasgow, was robbed by 15 men who got away with 2.6 million pounds (today the equivalent of $35 million). Buster tells the story of one of the junior robbers, Buster Edwards (played by pop singer Phil Collins), in a crime that came to be known as the Great Train Robbery. The film details the planning of the famous heist, but its main concern is Buster's relationship with his family and his devotion to his wife June (Julie Walters). The Edwards are like a British Kramden family, trying to make ends meet from day-to-day in their rental apartment, but instead of a bus driver, Buster is a two-bit thief who has the fine luck of hardly ever getting caught. After the Royal mail train robbery, the heat intensifies, since the Conservative Government, already smarting from the Profumo scandal, latches onto the train robbery as a means to deflect attention from the scandal by bringing the train robbers quickly to justice. Buster and June go into hiding and have a series of close calls before finally escaping to Mexico. Finally in paradise, the Edwards find their money quickly being eaten up and discover that they cannot adapt to the Mexico milieu. June, for her part, is homesick, and Buster, always ready to keep her happy, makes the grand gesture -- to return to England and turn himself in to the police.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Documentary , Drama
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Phil Collins
as Buster Edwards
Julie Walters
as June Edwards
Larry Lamb
as Bruce Reynolds
Stephanie Lawrence
as Franny Reynolds
Ellen Beaven
as Nicky Edwards
Ralph Brown
as Ronnie
Sheila Hancock
as Mrs. Rothery
Martin Jarvis
as Inspector Jack Mitchell
Clive Wood
as Sgt. Chalmers
Anthony Quayle
as Sir James McDowell
Michael Byrne
as Poyser
Jean Ainslie
as Post Office Lady
Harold Innocent
as Justice Parry
Rupert Vansittart
as Fairclough
John Barrard
as Walter
Tony Collins
as Taxi Driver
Alan Cowan
as Fireman
James Donnelly
as Rent Man
Stewart Harwood
as Chip Shop Owner
John Patrick
as Seaman
Vitelbo Vazquez
as Hospital Receptionist
Francisco Morales
as Mexican Doctor
Martin LaSalle
as Mexican Waiter
Rodolfo de Alexandra
as Market Stallholder
Rodolfo De Alexandre
as Market Stallholder
Sergio Calderón
as Fruit Seller
Yolanda Vazquez
as Hospital Receptionist
Álvaro Carcaño
as Boat Captain
Jonathan McKenna
as Gang Member
Vincenzo Nicoli
as Gang Member
Timothy Davies
as Gang Member
Roger McKern
as Gang Member
Frank Ellis
as Gang Member
Bill Rourke
as Gang Member
Ian Lowe
as Gang Member
Christopher Gray
as Gang Member
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Critic Reviews for Buster

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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Singer Phil Collins, who plays the lead in this British heist movie, was nominated for the Best Song Oscar.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012

Audience Reviews for Buster


One of a series of period crime films that came out of Britain in the late 80's (see also 'Scandal' and 'The Krays') this doesn't quite work, probably because it's not sure if it's a crime film or family drama. The film splits awkwardly into 2 halves (in England and then Acapulco) which really jars and it never really feels if enough time is spent on either. The acting is fine, although Collins can only really do 'cheeky chappie' and has problems showing genuine emotion. It's ok but it feels wrong that the whole thing is presented so lightly when someone actually died during the real robbery (this isn't touched on in the film). One of those films that seemed fun at the time but isn't as good as you remember. Great soundtrack though.

David Sayers
David Sayers

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its not my sort of movie, it felt like a very long movie and i found it dragged in the middle which made the movie even more boring! its an okay drama but doesnt give enough for it to be an enjoyable movie!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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The Phil Collins movie where he both supplies the soundtrack and fills the lead role. A cheesy but loveable British 80s classic about the Great Train Robbery, set in my home locality.

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

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