The League of Gentlemen (1959)
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as Peter Graham Race
as Edward Lexy
as Martin Porthill
as Bunny Warren
as Rupert Rutland-Smith
as Rupert Rutland-Smith
as Frank Weaver
as Molly Weaver
as Capt. Saunders
as Ballet Dancer
Critic Reviews for The League of Gentlemen
These men are hardly gentlemen as the film opens, no matter what fronts they put on, but through the course of their scheme they adopt a gentleman's code of honor and loyalty that sticks to the end,...
The film lacks a strong centre and a firm point of view -- one is never quite sure how seriously the parody of the officer code is intended, especially in the ambiguous, obligatorily moral ending.
... a sturdy and meticulous heist film built on an appreciation of teamwork, camaraderie and hard work: a professional work about professionals working.
Fans who love nothing better than to get lost in the intricate plans of a complex robbery will be in heaven.
Entertaining heist film. Watch for a quick bit from Oliver Reed.
Audience Reviews for The League of Gentlemen
A decent British caper movie that lacks humour but has a sterling cast that you really hope gets away with it. Lots of great British character actors and the type of 'stiff upper lip' that you can't get away with these days. The opening image of Hawkins climbing out of a drain in a tux was surely nicked for 'Goldfinger'!
"The League of Gentlemen" starts with Hyde(Jack Hawkins) climbing out of the sewer wearing a tuxedo. Next, he sends halves of 50 pound notes and a paperback to seven disgraced army veterans as an invitation to lunch. His idea is to use the plot of the novel, along with their military expertise, to rob a bank. At first, they are skeptical but eventually warm to the idea, with Race(Nigel Patrick) being appointed second in command. As smoothly entertaining as it is, "The League of Gentlemen" is more thoughtful than an average caper movie. While it does share a similar idea with the original "Ocean's Eleven," which came out the same year, about a group of military veterans pulling off a heist, "The League of Gentlemen" forges its own path by also showing how badly its characters have adjusted back to civilian life.(Hyde's masterminding might have been a preemptive strike against any future failure as much as anything else.) For example, the men are mostly revealed in the introductory sequences to have problems in their relationships with women. In any case, maybe it is not fair to guess about Hyde's and Race's sleeping arrangements. On the other hand, this was a less enlightened time, as displayed by Oliver Reed's flamboyant bit part.
What a great and fun and also very stylish heist film that is filled with great performances, adventure and dashes of comedy. The film is about a former Colonel named Hyde (Jack Hawkins) who recruits seven other former army officers whom are all the best in their respected fields of operations. He has been formulating a plan on robbing a bank and each man who joins him will receive 100,000 pounds for their services. Every detail is methodically thought out and planned for, or is it? The film is a fun and entertaining watch and while all the remakes of it are quite dreadful, the original here is a blast to watch!
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