Plunkett & Macleane (1999)



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A historical comedy that applies a 1990's mindset to a tale of crime in the 1740's, Plunkett and Macleane stars Robert Carlyle as Will Plunkett and Jonny Lee Miller as Capt. James Macleane. Plunkett is a druggist who has gone broke and turned to robbery to pay his bills, while Macleane was a minor member of the aristocracy who has resorted to similar means to support himself. The two meet while serving time in prison, and after comparing notes they set out together for a career in crime. They … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Selwyn Roberts, Charles McKeown, Robert Wade, Neal Purvis
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 1, 2001
Nitestar Home Video



as James Macleane

as Will Plunkett

as Lady Rebecca

as Lord Rochester

as Lord Chief Justice G...

as Chance

as Lady Estelle

as Highwayman Rob

as Catchpole

as Harrison

as Lord Pelham

as Newgate Priest

as Sir Oswald

as Viscount Bilston

as Lord Ketch

as Newgate Gent

as Winterburn

as Dixon

as Peruquier

as Lord Morris

as Dutchess of Stoke

as Lady Newbold

as Lady Crombie

as Lady Marchant

as Judge Beresteade

as Headbutted Tailor

as Horse Dealer

as Lewd Young Man

as Backbench Heckler

as P.M.'s Secretary

as Ranelagh MC

as Bridegroom

as Older Highwayman Kid

as Younger Highwayman K...

as Widow with Garter

as Older Clergyman

as Younger Clergyman

as Young Girl Prostitut...

as Brothel Gent

as Duel Referee

as Surgeon

as French Count

as Landlord

as Hangman's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Plunkett & Macleane

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (12)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | December 23, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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New York Times
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Chicago Sun-Times
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A rollicking time at the movies, if not exactly enlightening.

Full Review… | January 3, 2009

Audience Reviews for Plunkett & Macleane

A gentleman who is down on his luck teams up with a peasant highwayman in a plan to identify and rob the effete aristocracy of their ill-gotten gains. Plunkett And Macleane was at the receiving end of a critical savaging upon its release at the tail end of the Britpop era, and is one of the first attempts at geezer-izing history. Since the advent of Guy Ritchie and even, to some extent, Pirates Of The Caribbean, the formula seems a lot more familiar. A bit of a marriage of Richard Lester's The Three Musketeers and Carry On Dick, it's basically a period caper movie that combines three corner hats and duelling pistols with the British love of nob jokes and the decent cast with just the right level of irreverence actually makes it work pretty well. The jokes are a little hit and miss, but there are plenty of now familiar faces to spot in the background (including Matt Lucas and David Walliams of Little Britain fame) and it's quite an enjoyable romp if you don't take it too seriously. Carlyle is charismatic as the no-nonsense highwayman, Liv Tyler looks lovely and Ken Stott is a very hissable villain making for a likeable pantomime that didn't really deserve the mauling it took.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

People keep comparing this to A Knights Tale. Knights Tale was sooooo much better. This movie I just found annoying most of the time. Not a bad movie, but just didn't do it for me like most movies set in this time period.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Very generic even though it tries hard not to be. I just found most of what was going on screen very unnecessary and puffy, it was just icing there was no deeper meaning than that.

Marion Ravenwood

Super Reviewer

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