The League Of Gentlemen – Special Edition [1960]

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The League of Gentlemen is a sardonic crime drama in which Jack Hawkins plays an embittered retired army officer who recruits seven fellow ex-soldiers to carry out a bank raid with military precision,..read more

The League of Gentlemen is a sardonic crime drama in which Jack Hawkins plays an embittered retired army officer who recruits seven fellow ex-soldiers to carry out a bank raid with military precision,
The film presents an England between post-war austerity and the more liberated 1960s where traditional moral certainties were rapidly being discarded; a London where ex-officers left on the scrapheap at war’s end could justify turning their military experience to armed robbery,
Unfortunately the tale is neither particularly amusing or thrilling, with an overlong central detour via an army camp prefacing the exciting heist and a largely anti-climactic ending,
Nevertheless Hawkins effectively subverts his heroic officer type from The Cruel Sea (1953) and The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), and there’s excellent support from a great cast including Nigel Patrick, Richard Attenborough and Roger Livesey,

Bryan Forbes not only wrote the cynical screenplay but costarred with wife Nanette Newman in her first significant screen role,
More influential than truly classic, The League of Gentlemen has lent its name to a modern BBC comedy, an “Extraordinary” comic strip-turned-movie, and proved the template for heist films ever since, including both versions of The Italian Job (1969 and 2003),

On the DVD : The League of Gentlemen is presented in an anamorphically enhanced 16 : 9 transfer from an excellent condition print and mostly looks and sounds fine,
There’s minimal print damage, though sadly Philip Green’s ironically patriotic main title music suffers from significant distortion,
The only extra is the original trailer, which is now something of a period piece itself,
–Gary S Dalkin

  • Actor:Jack Hawkins
  • Actor:Nigel Patrick
  • Actor:Roger Livesey
  • Actor:Richard Attenborough
  • Actor:Bryan Forbes
  • AudienceRating:Parental Guidance
  • Binding:DVD
  • Creator:Jack Hawkins
  • Creator:Nigel Patrick
  • Creator:Bryan Forbes
  • Creator:Arthur Ibbetson
  • Creator:John D. Guthridge
  • Creator:Michael Relph
  • Creator:John Boland
  • Director:Basil Dearden
  • EAN:5027626254940
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  • Format:PAL
  • Label:Network
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  • Manufacturer:Network
  • MPN:5027626254940
  • NumberOfDiscs:1
  • NumberOfItems:1
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  • PackageQuantity:1
  • PartNumber:5027626254940
  • ProductGroup:DVD
  • ProductTypeName:ABIS_DVD
  • Publisher:Network
  • RegionCode:2
  • ReleaseDate:2007-01-29
  • RunningTime:116
  • SKU:DV24014–2
  • Studio:Network
  • Title:The League Of Gentlemen – Special Edition [1960] [DVD]
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