Robbery ★★★½

Most interesting as a precursor / prototype for The Italian Job, also produced by Michael Deeley and made a couple of years later. They share the same cinematographer too (Douglas Slocombe) and the general set-up of pro crims coming together to pull off a great heist, but this one is essentially serious while The Italian Job is comic, and this one has no-one with anything like Michael Caine’s charisma. Stanley Baker was a strange movie star, and his minimalist style here kind of comes off as a bad performance. But the film’s got style and snap.

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