Thursday, February 4, 2016

The First Great Train Robbery (1979)

A British crime adventure written and directed by Michael Crichton, starring Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland.
A team of professional criminals make copies of 4 keys that unlock a safe on a train that contains a large amount of gold so they can steal it while the train is moving.
This was good. From opening to triumphant finish, I really liked it. The plot (although fitting the universal plot summary) was interesting and the characters were acted very well. The period costumes looked very authentic as well. The camera-work was excellent, with lots of movement. The crane or helicopter shots that pulled back from the moving train were really well done. Some of the beginning was a little dull, but once things got moving it was very good. I noticed that the criminal who climbs well was referred to as "King Willie, the Snakesman", a phallic title to say the least. Since I have very little bad to say and am full of compliments, I rate this good. This is one of those solid green ratings that define what film is supposed to be.

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