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The Bank Job

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7.21 h 47 min2008X-Ray15
Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets - secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal.
Directors
Roger Donaldson
Starring
Jason StathamSaffron BurrowsRichard Lintern
Genres
DramaSuspense
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Stephen Campbell MooreDaniel MaysPeter BowlesKeeley HawesColin SalmonPeter De JerseyJames FaulknerSharon MaughanDon GallagherGerard HoranCraig FairbrassAlistair PetrieDavid SuchetAlki DavidMichael Jibson
Producers
Steven ChasmanCharles Roven
Studio
Lionsgate
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Alcohol usenuditysexual contentsmokingviolence
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4.5 out of 5 stars

1557 global ratings

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  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 7% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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nicabooReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 September 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Solid historical heist movie
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Set in London in the 1970's with a great cast. I thought it it might be a bit too much action/fighting for my liking, mainly because it starred Jason Statham, but it's really not that type of movie. It's a movie based on a true bank robbery for which little was ever known, or certainly publicized, and its really well told without going too much over the top which sometimes happens with this sort of movie. Great story and cast, with a great recreation of 1970s London, including the seedier side of life, with some amusing moments and a few shocking ones as well.
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Mrs. HatterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 February 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Bank Job Fun Based on Semi-True Story
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This is pretty decent fun crime caper, partly based on the very famous Baker Street bank robbery that took place in the early 70's. The film has a nice British budget quality about it and as to be expected there's plenty of violence, swearing, a nit of sex and lots of chuckles. Statham does what he does best playing the cheeky-chappy-lovable-criminal and it's certainly fair to say there's a touch of Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels here and there, but it's more than just a Statham vehicle with a good performance all round and a fairly clever and well put together story that takes in elements from other notorious events and people from the 70's underworld also to make a story all of its own. The film probably wont blow you away, but it was very enjoyable, never dragged and was an easy fun way to pass the time.
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Darth MaciekReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 April 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
"We're not bank robbers." "Maybe that's why we could get away with it."
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I liked this clever and quite twisted crime film. It is not exactly an immortal masterpiece, but an original and very skilfully made thing. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

The makers of this film decided to take numerous unrelated events which took place in United Kingdom in the beginning of 70s and combine them together to create a fictitious and very complicated but ultimately logical and coherent multifaceted tale. This idea of taking some REAL events and REAL people and then use them to create FICTION is a very original thing indeed and albeit not easy, it was done very well. To increase the feeling that this is a "real" story and a kind of revelation of things until now hidden from the public, the director decided to add to the credits a line saying: ""The names of many people identified in this film have been changed to protect the guilty."

The real, but UNRELATED events which the makers of this film used as building blocks were the following:

- the "Baker Street Robbery" which took place on 11 September 1971, in which the robbers stole 3 million pounds...
- life of Michael de Freitas a.k.a. "Michael X", a.k.a. "Abdul Malik", a man born on island of Trinidad in 1933 to a black mother and a white father, who emigrated to UK in the 50s and since then combined a career of petty criminal and self-declared "black revolutionary"; after he launched many vocal racist anti-white manifestos, in the early 70s he became a good friend of many British left-winged radicals, including John Lennon; in the same time he also graduated into more serious crime... I will say no more here and if you want to enjoy this film fully do not search for more on the internet
- life of Bernie Silver, a major crime boss in London's underground from the 50s to 1975, active mostly in prostitution, pornography and racketeering
- life of Peter Rachman, a London slum-landlord, who used petty criminals, including "Michael X", as his enforcers
- the scandal of corruption in Metropolitan Police of London, which culminated with trials of 1976-77
- the resignation of Lord Lambton in 1973 following a sexual scandal
- the rumors concerning the private life of Princess Margaret

I will not say anything about the way in which those elements were combined, but it was very well done indeed.

This is a good, solid crime film, with good performance by actors, of which Jason Statham, David Suchet and Saffron Burrows are the most known, but who ALL did a great job. There are many clever twists, some real tention, some quite graphic violence, some sex but also some good humour and all this is well mixed.

I liked this film and I will keep the DVD for a possible future viewing. Enjoy!
4 people found this helpful
AlbatrossReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Who are the criminals here?
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Don't be fooled by `The Bank Job' having Jason Statham as `top billing.' If you've seen any of his films in recent years, you may think that this is just another `kick-ass' kind of mindless film. Luckily, it's much better than that.

It's about a gang of London bank robbers who get - unknowingly - recruited by MI5 to break into a bank and steal some photos which mustn't ever be made public. It's `based on a true story,' by which I mean that there are definitely some facts on display here and the bits that aren't facts have been `filled in' to make it a better story.

However, I wouldn't dwell on how true every aspect is. If you did that you may not enjoy it. True or not, it's a twisty-turny kind of affair where you don't know what's coming next. It's almost like a Guy Richie film without Guy Richie having anything to do with it. Like `Lock Stock' and `Snatch' The Bank Job features multiple sets of dodgy characters whose lives are seemingly separate, until they're eventually brought together.

The opening segment is a little slow, but stick with it. Whether you just like Guy Richie films, British films, gangster or heist films, there should be something to entertain most people here. Even if you don't like any of those genres, it also makes a damn good thriller, too.

I don't know how true the story was, but, as the credits are rolling, even if you don't believe it happened just the way you've witnessed, it's the kind of story that you can't help but feel is quite capable of happening.
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Charlie VaughanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 April 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superb.
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Maybe not everyone's cup of tea but certainly mine. Can't remember the last time I was so invested in a movie. My expectations for movies have greatly declined in the last 5 or so years but this one really did make the time worthwhile. Perfect plot, perfect pace, perfect cast, perfect storyline, can't really fault it if I'm brutally honest. I get everyone has their own standards and whatever but for me this had the perfect amount of anything and everything. Violence and profanity to sexual content this had the lot, not too much not too little. Wish movies nowadays were made like this one but we can't always have what we want especially if there's more on the line than that eh?

5 out of 5 for me
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 April 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
A solid, entertaining true-story heist movie.
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Who doesn’t love a good period heist movie? And this one ticks all the boxes. Was throughly entertained. It’s fun, frothy and taut in all the right places. And Statham is a good lead, despite his slightly dodge reputation as a progenitor of crap action movies. Proves he can lead an ensemble cast well when he chooses. Recommend.
Mike LloydReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film from 2008 based on a true story back in the 1970's.
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As someone old enough to remember the 1970's well, I found this film a lot of fun and very accurate. The clothes worn and the accents and dialogue were right on song. There was a strong Gang culture in London in those days, an almost innocent one but at the same time very dangerous. This film hits it right on the button with some clever undertones. Unable to sleep I watched this at 2,30am in the morning and was riveted by it. Most enjoyable and I will be watching it again in a few months. Have told all my mates about it and they agree. Very well done to those who put this together.
DragonsreachReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 February 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not too bad a story.
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This isn’t a ‘‘knock down, drag ‘em out” Jason Statham movie, it’s a bit more than that.
And I’m old enough to recall the actual bank robbery it’s based on.
(Plus who the supposed Royal is was easily worked out. )
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