LOOPHOLE (break in) (1980 UK) D: JOHN QUESTED W: JONATHAN HALES P: JULIAN HOLLOWAY/DAVID KORDA
Down-on-his-luck American architect Martin Sheen is desperately in need of money, so is persuaded by criminal Albert Finney (who's very good) to be the "straight man" to help his crew break-in to the (pressurised high-security) safe-deposit vault of London's International Securities Bank, via a sewer tunnel. Gas build-up and flooding are possible hazards. This caper movie is rather engaging, well-acted and a fun watch, but is almost undone by a rather glib ending. I assumed it to be a rip-off of the previous year's SEWERS OF GOLD/SEWERS OF PARADISE at first, but the book on which it is based (by Robert Pollock) was published in 73, predating even the real-life crime that those movies were based on. Inspiration could have come from the 1971 Baker Street Robbery though (the basis for 2008's THE BANK JOB), or even THE DAY THEY ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND. With Susannah York, Colin Blakely, Jonathan Pryce and Robert Morley in a comic turn as a greedy banker.

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