The Great Train Robbery (1979)




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Not a remake of the landmark 1903 Edwin S. Porter film, The Great Train Robbery is a dramatization of the famous first hold-up of a moving train in 1855 England. The conspirators in this undertaking are Edward Pierce (Sean Connery), Agar (Donald Sutherland) and Clean Willy (Wayne Sleep). Pierce is the brains, Clean Willy the brawn, and safecracker Agar provides the finesse. The scheme involves stealing a shipment of gold bars intended to be used in the payroll for the Army in the Crimean War. … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
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On DVD: Jul 28, 1998


as Edward Pierce

as Clean Willy

as Henry Fowler

as Inspector Sharp

as Edgar Trent

as Emily Trent

as Elizabeth Trent

as Inspector Harranby

as Station Dispatcher

as Mr. Chubb

as McPherson

as Prosecutor

as Captain Jimmy

as Connaught

as Woman on Platform

as Rail Guard

as Ratting Assistant

as Second Pickpocket

as Woman on Stand
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Critic Reviews for The Great Train Robbery

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (4)

Crichton's films drag in dialog bouts, but triumph when action takes over.

Full Review… | July 30, 2008
Top Critic

The characters stay largely undeveloped, while -- despite superficially peculiar features -- the robbery is stripped of the ingenious exposition of the novel.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

he climactic heist of the gold, with Mr. 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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Connery is one of the best light comedians in the movies, and has been ever since those long-ago days when he was James Bond.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Crichton is after a giggly quality as if it's being told as a pub yarn, soaked in exaggeration and acute trickery to defeat impossible hurdles, while never far from redoubtable moral lesson.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
Empire Magazine

An entertaining thriller that stumbles occasionally on overlong dialogue sequences.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for The Great Train Robbery

Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland star in this adventure/heist bit, spiced with witty dialogue and lively action scenes. Michael Crichton, of Jurassic Park fame, helms this, one of his earlier forays, and does quite well. Worthy of your time.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Oh, so boring... Sure there's a good cast, but they're not even doing anything exciting anyway.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Not the most intriguiging of robbery/hiest movies, but clever all the same. It plodded along slowly but at an entertaining pace, interesting to see a robbery/hiest for it's the period it covered and with a little humour injected in to it and a likeable performance by Sean Connery, it all turned into a watchable kind of film.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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