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|The Great St.Louis Bank Robbery|
|DVD is the best homevideo option. There are several releases but the ROAN GROUP release seems to be the best release at this stage. It's NOT 16/9 enhanced but is presented in the films Original Aspect Ratio of 1.66:1|
|Generally Unseen McQueen.|
AS reviewed by Videoscope Magazine: "Dismissed in the few film reference guides in which it even recieves a mention, this is an excellent hard-dashed edged verite style noir... Tense, riveting and way ahead of its time. If you like noirs, Great is one you'll want to 'scope out post haste".
I personally agree with this review (taken from the front of the ROAN DVD). This film held my attention with good acting and plenty of tension. I had to be patient with the start of the film, but as it got going I became absorbed.
The film is based on a true incident, and the police oficers in the real robbery play the same parts they did in the actual crime.
The basic plot involves a small gang of experienced criminals who recruit a new member in the form of a young lost soul (McQueen as George). A lot of the film is spent in the 'setup' phase, but soon new elements are introduced in the form of a love interest for George (Molly McCarthy as Ann) and intergroup rivalry. As the plan starts to come slightly undone, the characters we care about are faced with grave danger from within the gang and without. As the Videoscope review indicates, this is a noir film, with a dark, bleak quality to it, in which no one is safe from danger.
|George bonds with his dangerous boss.|
George and Ann
|Steve shows all the signs of the great things that were to come in his career, with a performance which combines elements of innocence, bitterness, madness and despair, all convincingly portrayed.|
|"I'll kill you right now"...|