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The Great Train Robbery


Michael Crichton

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About the Movie

Sean Connery is Edward Pierce, a master thief who conceives a brilliant plan to steal a fortune in gold bars from a railroad payroll car. But to pull off the most daring heist in history, Pierce must join forces with a safecracker (Sutherland) and his own beautiful girlfriend (Down) in a series of intricately plotted thefts that will test all of their nerve, camaraderie and larcenous skill.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 23
  • Fresh: 18
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: he climactic heist of the gold, with Mr. Connery climbing atop the moving railroad cars, ducking under bridges just before a possible decapitation, is marvelous action footage that manages to be very funny as it takes your breath away. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Nov 5, 2008

Fresh: Crichton's films drag in dialog bouts, but triumph when action takes over. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Connery is one of the best light comedians in the movies, and has been ever since those long-ago days when he was James Bond. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: The characters stay largely undeveloped, while -- despite superficially peculiar features -- the robbery is stripped of the ingenious exposition of the novel. – Time Out, Nov 5, 2008

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Customer Reviews

Connery and Sutherland shine in one of Crichton's absolute best!

An accurate view of England in the middle of 19th century as well as a thrilling action/comedy. I love the scene where the Frenchman says, "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea." A smooth crime caper, Sean Connery, a train, and an occasional gag... best movie ever!

A Western it Ain't...

...but one of the most entrancing period films you'll ever see about the underbelly of Victorian England.


I love this movie! I 1st saw it when I was 12 and I still love and think about it to this day.( even though i'm still only 14). The robbery plotts keep you on the edge of your seat untill the very end. deffinetly get it! it's soooooo awesome.

The Great Train Robbery
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Western
  • Released: 1979

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