- Robbery (film)
"For the crime, see
name = Robbery
Stanley Baker Michael Deeley
writer = Edward Boyd
Stanley Baker Joanna Pettet James Booth
music = Johnny Keating
editing = Reginald Beck
distributor = Paramount
released = August, 1967
runtime = 110 min.
language = English
amg_id = 1:41629
imdb_id = 0062207
The cast includes
Stanley Baker, James Booth, Frank Finlayand Barry Foster
The film was produced by
Stanley Bakerand Michael Deeley, for Baker's company Oakhurst Productions.
The film is notable for its car chase sequences, and lead to its director, Peter Yates, being hired to direct the Hollywood crime film "
Bullitt", the following year.
The opening scene shows an aerial shot of a car-lined Hatton Garden. A 'traffic warden' places a time-delay device inside a parked car. A chauffeur appears from a jewellers with his master who is ushered into the car and then wafted away at speed. The car, a Vanden Plas 4 litre is followed at a distance by an ambulance containing two villains dressed as ambulancemen. The car eventually crashes into a skip after its occupants are gased driving along Nothumberland Avenue. The ambulance promptly arrives at the scene taking away the passenger with a briefcase chained to his hand. News of the abduction reaches the police and a car chase breaks out after the villains abandon the ambulance for a Jaguar MK II in a North West London housing estate. The chase begins and after many miles the diamond robbers eventually get away - the diamonds raising a chunk of money for what is later dubbed 'The Crime of the Century'. All of the exterior locations for Robbery were filmed in and around Central London and include great period shots of Marble Arch, Trafalgar Square, Little Venice & Kensal Green.
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