After about five pages I rolled my eyes and gave up. To view it, I saw an episode of Masterminds about this bank robbery. McShane is excellent here, by the way, tough, suave, and charismatic as the leader of the robbers. It was on video several years back, but then withdrawn. The gangsters' interest is purely while Bert is at pains to point out that his interest is political. The tension never lets up.
As they are caught one by one, Bert manages to avoid capture but in the end he, too, is cornered. The scene is Nice, playground of the rich and indolent. Planning the operation, getting the help, and then getting away are all you really need for a good caper film. It would be interesting to go back and reread it thirty five years later, but I don't have the time. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. As of today i am going on a quest to retrieve this film. It would be interesting to go back and reread it thirty five years later, but I don't have the time.
And Bert knows a way in. The Landrover then returns before daybreak to collect the team and their ill-gotten gains. . Why is it that some of the most outlandish movie plotlines are grounded in reality? The Great Riviera Bank Robbery is based on an actual occurrence in 1976. Both are ex-military, and now find themselves on the wrong side of the law in , France. I think there was another book about an internat Every time there's a holiday heist involving safe deposit boxes, I remember this book, which i read as a prepubescent admirer of men who had problems with authority.
The movie probably shaped me cause since then I've always looked for this type of plot in films on bankrobberies. I am really surprised this film is not wider known. The finale offers plenty of twists and turns which keep the viewer engaged too. Unfortunately all the technical elements of the Master Heist are not enough to make the great premise into a great movie. Just watch it instead of trying to read this book. I remember minute preparations of the bankrobbers, the accent lying not so much on action sequences but on the careful planning. Far from being heroes,like in Giovanni's flick,the characters are fascists anti communist and their paramilitary activities are not passed over in silence :in the French attempt,all they show is weapons in the thieves' den in the country.
I have been begging for a copy for years and hope it will be re released soon. Since it was written by a Frenchman with an Italian name, I was already hooked. Yeah, they get caught later but spending the cash is where they catch everyone. Reality is less interesting than the make believe art of cinema, especially if your heroes are nationalist wingnuts and if you deem useful to drive this point home with a Hitler portrait and other Third Reich memorabilia. I wait for somebody to throw me a bone. So we've got a Master Heist being re-enacted with very little tension, and no change in rhythm whatsoever.
I remember sewers, drills and bank vaults full of money that the robbers had all weekend to spend robbing I also remember the scene at the end where the hero jumps from a police station window onto a waiting motorbike that speeds away once he is safely seated. Since it was written by a Frenchman with an Italian name, I was already hooked. I think there was another book about an international criminal that I read at this time. Over a long weekend the vault of a particular bank will be stuffed with francs. The Great Riviera Bank Robbery, aka Sewers of Gold, aka Dirty Money they definitely were at a loss for ideas to market this unexciting movie tells the story of the July'76 Société Générale Bank robbery in Nice. The target: a bank vault in a French resort town, bulging with tourist money. Now I can only remember the escape and the one guy in the heist that specialized in blackmail materials.
Despite this colossal haul and the sheer weight of it was an engineering problem all by itself , Spaggiari considers the robbery a bungle--and not because he was eventually captured after another member turned stool pigeon. The criminals look on the job as merely a passport to money and the good life; they cannot understand Bert's ideological approach summed up as 'without arms. It's a British heist movie based on a true story about a gang of fascists who decide to rob a safety deposit vault in Nice by accessing it through the local sewer system. Needing criminal expertise, they persuade some local French to join them, in return for a cut of the haul. Well, I'd been sick for a long time. Inevitably most of the running time is involved with the detail of the planning and execution of the robbery and it's a masterpiece of tension, featuring a strong cast including a youthful Warren Clarke making an impact and expert direction.
Why it is not available on video is a mystery. I've seen this film somewhere in the first ten years of my life some time ago and I've never seen it, heard of it or found it in a videostore since. Anywayzzz, indeed an undervalued piece of work. It's nice to see a movie without Tom Cruise heroics. It is very much inspired by facts, and the book by self-proclaimed Brain Albert Spaggiari Sewers of Paradise - 1978 and sticks closely to that line.
. There's fifteen million dollars: the biggest bank job in the world. Yes he is very clever to have planned the bank robbery and later to have escaped from the courthouse. To view it, Every time there's a holiday heist involving safe deposit boxes, I remember this book, which i read as a prepubescent admirer of men who had problems with authority. I wonder how the locals liked having two films about the embarrassing robbery shooting at the exact same time? I wanna see it again and again and again. The movie was very accurate and realistic. On the night of the heist, the crew turn up in a Landrover, carrying the necessary tools, remove the gate, and drive into the sewer system.
The booty: fifteen million dollars. After several nights spent digging through a wall in a , they break their way into the , and try to make their without being caught. In the tradition of Rififi, we follow the thieves' progress step by step, inch by inch, from conception to execution to aftermath. This is just as good as the aforementioned film and might be a little bit better as they delve into the political history of the group a bit more. It almost has a slight documentary feel to it.