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Format: DVD
Sku: 208072458
UPC: 031398236108
UPC 14: 00031398236108
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The True Story of a Heist Gone Wrong...in All the Right Ways.
Based on a true story of a heist gone wrong.

"Feels both absolutely of the 1970s and absolutely fresh.  Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A surprisingly tight, clever, twisty heist tale.  Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide
"The gritty heist picture The Bank Job has everything adult action fans could want, starting with a grand, fact-inspired gimmick.  Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"One of the pleasures of The Bank Job is that it returns us to the days when robbing a bank was a gritty, hole-in-the-wall affair.  Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"...a juicy, fact-based caper movie that's full of surprises I have no intention of spoiling.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The most entertaining heist movie I've seen in years.  Richard Roeper, At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper
"A brisk, entertaining crime thriller.  Steve Winn, San Francisco Chronicle

Editor's Note
"Some names have been changed to protect the guilty." Such is the cheeky spirit of THE BANK JOB, a solidly entertaining British heist film based on England's famous walkie-talkie bank job. The year is 1971 and Michael X--emerging black activist and budding crime lord--has British authorities over a barrel after he gets hold of sexually incriminating photos of royal Princess Margaret. Desperate to recover the photos, the government pressures troubled model Martine Love (Saffron Burrows) to recruit a team and steal the bank safety deposit box containing the photos. Martine promptly enlists small-time con man and old flame Terry Leather (Jason Statham), luring him and his crew with the promise of millions. But also in their loot is a ledger detailing payoffs made to crooked cops by reputed gangster Porn King Vogel (David Suchet). Leather and mates soon find themselves on the run from both the British spy community and the ruthless British underworld, needing to stay one step ahead if they are to stay alive. Veteran director Roger Donaldson (THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN, NO WAY OUT) deftly juggles the shifting intricacies and loyalties of THE BANK JOB's plot, balancing backroom politics with bank caper humor and cringe-inducing criminal brutality. Statham (LOCK, STOCK & TWO SMOKING BARRELS) is excellent as the petty criminal who finds himself in over his head, and who will need some quick thinking and a whole lot of guts to protect his friends and family. Briskly paced and lively in its handling of some serious intrigue, THE BANK JOB is an enjoyable entry in the bank robbery genre.

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Subtitled, Spanish

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/6/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 110 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 23610
Video UPC UPC: 00031398236108
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen/Standard  2.35:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The Bank Job - DVD Review
By: Chris Cabin filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 7/4/2008 7:34 PM
Based on some unspeakable, super classified bank robbery that took place in 1971 London, the investigation of which yielded no recovered money nor any arrests, Roger Donaldson's The Bank Job throttles its engines and tosses in just enough criminal bottom-dwellers to keep the viewers' minds away from the fact that it's still just another heist flick with a cockney accent and a taste for pints. Names changed (get this) to protect the guilty, the whole mess breaks out when political revolutionary Michael X (Peter De Jersey) snaps some shots of Princess Margaret getting double teamed by two young men on a secluded island....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Keeley Hawes
Video Cast Info Jason Statham
Video Cast Info David Suchet
Video Cast Info Saffron Burrows
Video Cast Info Stephen Campbell Moore
Video Cast Info Charles Roven - Producer
Video Cast Info Ian La Frenais - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Mick Coulter - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Steven Chasman - Producer
Video Cast Info J. Peter Robinson - Composer
Video Cast Info Dick Clement - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Roger Donaldson - Director

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"Roger Donaldson's crime drama does a sterling job of recreating the London of the early 1970s....Vivid and often entertaining..." 03/01/2008 p.55

New York Times
"The workmanlike title THE BANK JOB is a nice fit for this wham-bam caper flick....Efficiently directed....It fancifully revisits the mysterious whos and speculative hows of a 1971 London vault cleanout..." 03/07/2008

USA Today
"Well-paced, smartly told and unpretentious, this solid British heist thriller also has moments of invention and imagination." 03/07/2008

Los Angeles Times
"[The film] earns its distinctiveness from an almost ridiculous series of fortuitous mishaps that befall our criminal 'heroes'....The real fun comes as nearly every genre convention unravels in one clever way or another." 03/07/2008

Entertainment Weekly
"One of the pleasures of THE BANK JOB is that it returns us to the days when robbing a bank was a gritty, hole-in-the-wall affair....Watching THE BANK JOB, you buy the heist, and you also buy the entertaining layer cake of British society..." -- Grade: A- 03/14/2008 p.59

Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] juicy, fact-based caper movie that's full of surprises....Director Roger Donaldson keeps the suspense crackling." 03/20/2008 p.68

Empire
3 stars out of 5 -- "[Donaldson] manages to maintain a distinctive '70s look, with sudden zooms and grimy colours....A tough British crime movie to be proud of..." 08/01/2008 p.148

Premiere
3 stars out of 5 -- "[E]xpertly directed....[The film] settles into a linear, engaging, suspenseful groove....One of the things that makes the picture work is its unusual setup." 03/07/2008

Reel.com 6 of 10
Based on some unspeakable, super-classified bank robbery that took place in 1971 London, the investigation of which yielded no recovered money nor any arrests, Roger Donaldson's The Bank Job throttles its engines and tosses in just enough criminals to keep the viewers' minds away from the fact that it's still just another heist flick with a cockney accent and a taste for pints...The whole mess breaks out when political revolutionary Michael X (Peter De Jersey) snaps some shots of Princess Margaret getting double-teamed by two young men on a secluded island. Michael, who's a pimp and a gangster, places this get-out-of-jail-free card in a safety deposit box at Lloyd's Bank on Baker Street...Donaldson, a capable director though not a very interesting one, seems to think that a few music cues, posters, and mod garb and grooming constitute a time period but his dullest knife is his inability to muster any riveting material within this rigid framework. For a story that was so blasphemous that it required a gag order for all government employees, The Bank Job plays out with preposterous conventionality: T. Rex's "Bang A Gong" opens the thing, for God's sake. Donaldson's film, about a dangerous crime during a tumultuous time period, suffers from a filmmaker utterly uninterested with dangerous filmmaking. - Chris Cabin

ReelViews 8 of 10
The Bank Job is a heist movie in the classic tradition - it details every aspect of the caper, from its genesis to its aftermath. The fact that there's political intrigue and espionage swirling around the edges only makes it more fascinating. Director Roger Donaldson, whose resume includes films as diverse as Dante's Peak and The World's Fastest Indian, keeps the pace at a high level so even the "down" moments are driven forward by the film's momentum. And, unlike some crime movies that become so fixated on the plot that everything else gets lost in the mix, Donaldson and his screenwriters take the time to develop the characters...Much as I enjoyed Stephen Soderbergh's Oceans trilogy (more for the camaraderie and chemistry of the actors/characters than for the plots), The Bank Job illustrates how much more richness there can be in a heist movie when layers are fabricated into the story and the narrative extends beyond the central caper. When this movie ends, the viewer feels as if he has seen an entire tale unfold rather than merely having been granted the chance to peer through a window at the inner workings of an infamous historical crime. The Bank Job is smart, well-paced, exciting entertainment for adults - something that is more of a rarity than it should be. - James Berardinelli

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