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Rough Cut (1980)





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Notorious international jewel thief Jack Rhodes (Burt Reynolds) is out to steal $30 million in uncut diamonds in this visually opulent, uneven comedy. Chief Inspector Cyril Willis (David Niven) is Rhodes' nemesis. He wants to retire from Scotland Yard but would like to capture Rhodes as a final, dramatic cap to his career. In order to achieve his ambition, he sets up lissome Gillian Bromley (Lesley-Anne Down) as Rhodes' erstwhile partner in crime. The unpredictable happens when Rhodes and Bromley fall for each other, leaving the best-laid plans open to unexpected amendments. Three different directors had a hand in this film though their imprints are remarkably homogenous up to but not including the ending.


Burt Reynolds
as Jack Rhodes
Lesley-Anne Down
as Gillian Bromley
David Niven
as Chief Inspector Cyril Willis
Timothy West
as Nigel Lawton
Patrick Magee
as Ernst Mueller
Al Matthews
as Ferguson
Joss Ackland
as Inspector Vanderveld
Isabel Dean
as Mrs. Willis
Wolf Kahler
as DeGooyer
Andrew Ray
as Pilbrow
Julian Holloway
as Ronnie Taylor
Douglas Wilmer
as Maxwell Levy
Ronald Hines
as Capt. Small
David Howey
as 1st Officer Palmer
Alan Webb
as Sir Samuel Sacks
Frank Mills
as Passport Clerk
Roland Culver
as Mr. Palmer
Cassandra Harris
as Mrs. Palmer
Sue Lloyd
as Female Guest
Hugh Thomas
as Male Guest
David Eccles
as Mr. Foxworth
Stephen Moore
as Chief Flight Controller
Ron Pember
as Taxi Driver
Cyril Appleton
as Police Driver
John Slavid
as Croupier
Brian Tipping
as Waiter at Pub
Carol Rydall
as Hooker in Window
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Almost 20 years before Catherine Zeta Jones played a woman out to catch gentleman jewel thief Sean Connery in the Hollywood blockbuster "Entrapment," the same scenario was played out by Lesley Anne-Down and Burt Reynolds - well, almost the same. This more low key affair, though no less enjoyable, is the type of caper that Cary Grant might have played 20 years earlier and indeed Reynolds gives a serviceable impression of Grant within the opening minutes of the movie that Down disses by referring to it as a "Tony Curtis doing Cary Grant." I have a soft spot for heist movies, through from the 1960s with its "Italian Job" and "Oceans 11" through the 1970s with films such as "11 Harrowhouse" and "Diamonds" right up to the last decade with the aforementioned "Entrapment" and remakes of both "The Italian Job" and "Ocean's 11." I think part of the fascination is in the sheer audacity and genius that the criminals put into their schemes, its part of what makes the "Mission Impossible" movies so entertaining. So, what about this movie? In it, Reynolds plays American gentleman jewel thief Jack Rhodes who is being doggedly pursued by Scotland Yard Inspector Cyril Willis (played wonderfully by David Niven - who himself is no stranger to gentleman jewel thief's having played one in the original "Pink Panther"). In an effort to nab Rhodes before his impending retirement Niven's character Willis blackmails English socialite and kleptomaniac Gillian Bromley (played by the incredibly sexy Lesley Anne-Down of "Sphinx" and "Great Train Robbery" fame) in a plot to catch Rhodes in the act. Willis has the reluctant Gillian feed Rhodes information on an upcoming $30 million diamond transfer from London to Antwerp intending to lie in wait of Rhodes. With an entertaining cast of characters from a Nazi pilot to an African-American air traffic controller, Joss Ackland as a Dutch police inspector and even Pierce Brosnan's then-wife the late Casandra Harris as a flighty partygoer, this movie fairly zips along. And, as with all good heist movies, there's a wicked twist at the end that caught me so of guard that I was reaching for the rewind button seconds after it happened. Yes, this movie really does satisfy.

D Harrison
D Harrison

Rough Cut is a Burt Reynolds movie I've never heard of & after watching it I can see why, It was terrible.I think I lost interest in the 1st 20 minutes of this movie & it's weird cause I usually either like Burt's movies or can at least watch them

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