🚂 Excellent heist movie, where the interest is in the preparatory cons and robberies necessary to get the keys to the loot. Then, of course, the crushers take extra precautions, and it's necessary for our cracksmen to improvise solutions. Wonderful authentic Victorian slang and costumes. The depiction of a bloodthirsty crowd taunting the guest of honor at a public hanging of a woman at Newgate Prison is unnerving. (Indeed, the recent winner of the governorship of Mississippi, is on record saying she would be in the front row at a public hanging.) The realistic portrait of the casual brutality of the repressed Victorian period is quite revealing. The public hanging might as well be a carnival, seeing how much amusement the crass populace derives from it.

Another scene not for the squeamish, is a rat terrier killing actual sewer rats, for gamblers to bet on. This is not a movie where no animals were harmed! Fine performances by all, and spirited music by Jerry Goldsmith. Connery did some of his own stunts, which is why they look so real. The surround sound mix is quite effective on a modern audio system. Check it out!

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