The Jokers (1967)





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Two brothers looking to avoid becoming pawns of the establishment come up with a better way of making a living -- through theft -- in this satiric comedy. David Tremayne (Oliver Reed) is a successful London architect, and his younger brother Michael (Michael Crawford) is weighing his options after being kicked out of school. The brothers share a bemused disgust with the world around them and a desire to get through life without the burden of labor; toward this end, one day they begin plotting an elaborate scheme to steal the British Crown Jewels. Mind you, they don't intend to sell them, or even keep them very long -- the idea is to return them after a week, simply to prove that it could indeed be done, and make themselves famous in the process. After studying the procedures of Scotland Yard's Bomb Disposal Unit, the inner working of the Tower of London's Jewel Room, and the London ambulance services, the Tremaynes come up with a foolproof plan -- they call in a bomb threat to the Tower, and they are able to enter the Jewel Room posing as men from the bomb squad. They then feign injury and are able to escape in an ambulance. It all seems simple enough, and it actually works, until Michael "forgets" his part of the agreement to take half of the responsibility for the theft. The supporting cast includes Edward Fox, Frank Finlay, and Harry Andrews. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Michael Crawford
as Michael Tremayne
Oliver Reed
as David Tremayne
Harry Andrews
as Inspector Marryatt
James Donald
as Col. Gurney-Simms
Michael Hordern
as Sir Matthew
Lotte Tarp
as Inge
Frank Finlay
as Harassed Man
Rachel Kempson
as Mrs. Tremayne
Peter Graves
as Mr. Tremayne
Brian Wilde
as Sgt. Catchpole
Michael Goodliffe
as Lt. Col. Paling
William Devlin
as Brigadier
William Mervyn
as Uncle Edward
Kenneth Colley
as De Winter the Chauffeur
Mark Burns
as Capt. Browning
Brook Williams
as Capt. Green
Brian Peck
as Policeman
Basil Dignam
as Bank Manager
John Kidd
as Solicitor
Freda Jackson
as Mrs. Pervis
Nan Munro
as Mrs. Jeffcock
Edward Fox
as Lt. Sprague
Victor Kendall
as Maj. Gen. Jeffcock
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The Jokers is a 1967 comedy film written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, and directed by Michael Winner. The film stars Michael Crawford and Oliver Reed as brothers who hatch a plot to steal the Crown Jewels. Very much of its time - "Swinging London" - the film makes great use of London locations. [img][/img] This satirical comedy film is here in installments: Directed by Michael Winner Produced by Ben Arbeid Maurice Foster [img][/img] Written by Dick Clement Ian La Frenais Starring Oliver Reed Michael Crawford Harry Andrews Michael Hordern Gabriella Licudi Music by Johnny Pearson Cinematography Ken Hodges Distributed by Rank Release dates 15 May 1967 [img][/img] Oliver Reed Running time 94 minutes Country United Kingdom Language English [img][/img]

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monsieur rick

Well-made, fun, accessible film with a great plot and two well-known stars (Oliver Reed, Michael Crawford). And it keeps you delightfully hanging in suspense until the very last minutes. Can't understand why this film is so obscure.

Eric Broome
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