The League of Gentlemen (1960)

LeagueOfGentlementSuggested by Brad Nelson • A disgruntled veteran (Jack Hawkins) recruits a group of disgraced collegues to perform a bank robbery with military precision. Each of the men has a skeleton in the closet, is short of money, and is a service-trained expert in his field.
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  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    By today’s standards, this might be called more of a psychological thriller than an action movie. And that is one reason it is so interesting to watch. Instead of the tiring over-the-top buddy-buddy-buddy-buddy all-star-cast movies that hit the pavement at 100 mph and never let up, this is a movie more on a human scale. And it’s the better for it. (You can keep your “Expandables” movies.)

    Jack Hawkins (a favorite in such military movies as his portrayal of General Allenby in “Lawrence of Arabia” and Major Warden in “The Bridge on the River Kwai”) plays Colonel Hyde (not likely his real name). He has a grudge against the military. But his is a good, honest grudge short of the normal hollering and childish screaming that Hollywood would insert into the character. Instead, Hyde if very business-like in his attempt at a little payback. British understatement will always trump Hollywood childish excesses.

    He recruits an interesting cast of characters (some suitably bland, as would be expected) including such notables as Richard Attenborough as “Lexy.” Nigel Patrick excels (and is decidedly un-bland) as his somewhat self-appointed #2.

    By the standards of today, the action isn’t all that thick and the plot isn’t overly complicated. But there’s enough going on to hold your interest if you like movies from the classic era. Movies such as the “The Italian Job” owe a lot to this one. Few bank-job films have surpassed it.

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