Written by / 6/01/2022 / No comments / , , , , , , , , , , ,

BEFORE MAKING A BULLITT PETER YATES STAGED THIS 'ROBBERY'

Title: ROBBERY Director: Peter Yates Star: Stanley Baker Year: 1967 Rating: ****1/2

Best known as the obscure crime film that gave English director Peter Yates his big game-changing opportunity to make BULLITT stateside, after Steve McQueen had witnessed the rudimentary car chase sequence from ROBBERY, an extremely sparse, deliberately cold/heartless British Neo-Noir Heist-Thriller... 

And it's not just this initial chase that Yates carried over to the McQueen classic, but also the meticulous and metronomic and strategic moments leading up...

Stanley Baker and gang in ROBBERY

Starring the always tough/ultra square-jawed Stanley Baker (specializing in crime films since the 1950's British Noir) but only because he's in charge, ROBBERY makes pretty much equal use of all male leads... 

Including James Booth as the trailing cop, William Marlowe as Baker's strong-silent second, Barry Forster as his strong-silent third while Frank Finlay, as a meek though crooked banker too-easily broken out of prison, is the most vulnerable and sympathetic...

Artwork for ROBBERY

Yet there's very little sympathy for these fellas, whose only flaw is how long and tediously methodical it takes for the actual train heist to go down... the director not always considering an audience but, like real life crimes, Yates showcases the slowburn reality like being right there, for better or worse since it's not always exciting, and that's the point. 

Just don't let the casting of beautiful poster-perfect British ingenue Joanne Pettet fool you. because this particular ROBBERY cares neither about romance or the human condition.

Stanley Baker in ROBBERY with William Marlowe
Rachel Herbert in ROBBERY
ROBBERY with William Marlowe
ROBBERY with Terence Plummer
James Booth in ROBBERY
James Booth in ROBBERY
James Booth in ROBBERY
Joanna Pettet in ROBBERY
Stanley Baker in ROBBERY with Barry Foster
ROBBERY with William Marlowe
Barry Foster in ROBBERY and George Sewell
James Booth in ROBBERY
Stanley Baker in ROBBERY with Frank Finlay
Joanna Pettet in ROBBERY
Joanna Pettet in ROBBERY
Helicopter from ROBBERY
Barry Foster in ROBBERY
Blu RAY FOR ROBBERY
James Booth in ROBBERY
Stanley Baker in ROBBERY
Stanley Baker in ROBBERY
Stanley Baker in ROBBERY facing Frank Finley

Share This Post :
Tags : , , , , , , , , , , ,

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

All Time Popular

Featured Post

NORA HAYDEN ORBITS IB MELCHIOR'S 'THE ANGRY RED PLANET'

Title: THE ANGRY RED PLANET Year: 1959 Rating: *1/2 With five years until the exceptionally-creative science-fiction flick THE TIME TRAVELER...

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews, Articles and Pop Culture from White Heat to Blue City

RIP ACTOR KEN HUTCHISON

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE
RANDOM QUOTE: "The dead are happier dead; they don't miss much here, poor devils." Orson Welles to Joseph Cotten, The Third Man

NEO NOIR & FILM NOIR CINEMA

FAVORITES SHORTLIST

1)OTLEY 2)HELL IS A CITY 3)ROBBERY 4)CANYON PASSAGE 5)THE FEARMAKERS 6)VIOLENT SATURDAY 7)HOT CARS 8)JUNGLE STREET 9)ANATOMY OF A MURDER 10)THE CROWDED SKY 11))THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 12)SHARKS' TREASURE 13)SWEENEY TWO 14)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 15)HARDCORE 16)THE SYSTEM 17)WHITE HEAT 18)AL CAPONE 19)TENTACLES 20)FALLEN ANGEL 21)NIGHT CREATURES 22)CURSE OF THE DEMON 23)ASH WEDNESDAY 24)KILLER FISH 25)AIR PATROL 26)DUEL IN THE JUNGLE 27)EASY LIVING 28)WILLIAM CONRAD'S BRAINSTORM 29)FRENZY 30)THE ROARING TWENTIES 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)JACK NICHOLSON 4)MARLON BRANDO 5)STANLEY BAKER 1)VIRGINIA MAYO 2)SUE LYON 3)GENE TIERNEY 4)MERRY ANDERS 5)FAYE DUNAWAY DIRECTORS 1)JACQUES TOURNEUR 2)RICHARD FLEISCHER 3)STANLEY KUBRICK 4)ORSON WELLES 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)JOHN LANDIS 7)JOHN GUILLERMAN 8)VAL GUEST 9)JOHN CARPENTER 10)MICHAEL WINNER

BRITISH NEW WAVE CINEMA

RARITIES AND EXPLOITATION

HAMMER HORROR & THRILLER

Popular This Month

WESTERN GENRE REVIEWS

CINEMA OF DANA ANDREWS

PEAKING INTO THE SIXTIES

KICKING IN THE EIGHTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

REVVING THE SEVENTIES

FOR HORROR MOVIE REVIEWS


Reviews for the British series The Sweeney

Most Popular Last Year

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE