The Bank Job (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Bank Job (2008)
  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 79,428 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 7 March 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 111 min
  • Filming Location: Aldwych Underground Station, Aldwych, Holborn, London, England, UK
  • Budget: $20,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $30,028,592(USA)(1 June 2008)
  • Director: Roger Donaldson
  • Stars: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows and Stephen Campbell Moore
  • Original Music By: J. Peter Robinson   
  • Soundtrack: Save Me
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Bank | Safe Deposit | Murder | Pornographer | London England

Writing Credits By:

  • Dick Clement (written by) &
  • Ian La Frenais (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Aldwych station was chosen to film the underground scenes because the true Tottenham Court Road station had been modified extensively in the early 1980s. Only Edgware Road still has any resemblance to its original look.
  • Roger Donaldson said one of the most difficult days of filming was when he filmed the brothel scene. The scene called for the women to be walking around wearing only garters. However, Donaldson said that when he went to film the scene he discovered that most of the women shaved their genitals, which would have been anachronistic for 1971. So the actresses had to wear pubic wigs called “merkins.” This caused a problem because the merkins were hard to secure in place and kept slipping, causing Donaldson much aggravation.

Goofs: Anachronisms: A shot of the exterior of Baker St. station includes a glimpse of the upper section and roof of a London bus driving by at speed. However, it is possible to deduce from the 'straight' rectangular shape of the bus' roof that it is one of the new generation of front-entry buses, possibly the DMS series, first introduced in London in the mid-70s. Prior to this time, the most common double decker buses in London were the Routemaster (RM), introduced in the early 1960s, and the ubiquitous RT, the definitive London Bus, first introduced in the mid 1940s, both of these bus types having narrower roofs with rounded edges. So there is no way that the bus in this particular shot could have existed in 1971.

Plot: Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets – secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal. Full summary »  »

Story: Business is slow for Terry Leather, a London car dealer, married with children. He's an artful dodger, so Martine, a former model with a thing for him, brings him her scheme: a bank's alarm is off for a couple weeks, so let's tunnel into the vault. He assembles a team, not realizing her real goal is a safe-deposit box with compromising photos of a royal: she needs the photos to trade for avoiding a jail sentence – and MI-5, or is it MI-6, is pulling the strings two steps removed. A Trinidadian thug, a high-end bordello owner, and a pornographer also have things stored in the vault, so the break-in threatens many a powerful personage. Is there any way these amateurs can pull it off?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

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Synopsis: Petty-criminal-gone-straight Terry Leather (Jason Statham) owns a failing car-sales garage and feels harassed by two debt-collectors. His friend, the photographer Kevin Swain’s (Stephen Campbell Moore) ex-girlfriend, a former model named Martine Love (Saffron Burrows) offers Terry a chance to earn enough money to never worry about debt again: a bank robbery in Baker Street, London. Leather gathers his petty-criminal friends, including Swain, a pornographic actor Dave Shilling (Daniel Mays), a Cypriot mechanic named Bambos (Alki David), and an elegant con-man "Major" Guy Singer (James Faulkner). While scouting out the bank, Leather and Love enter and inspect the vault while Shilling poses for photographs by Swain. The gangster Lew Vogel (David Suchet), who keeps records of his pay-offs to police at Lloyds bank, happens upon Shilling and Swain.

They lease a shop named Le Sac two lots away from the bank and dig a tunnel under The Chicken Inn fast-food restaurant to reach the underground bank vault. Terry employs Eddie Burton (Michael Jibson), one of his garage workers, as a "watchman" with a walkie-talkie to sit on a roof to keep look-out. Martine, once caught smuggling heroin into Britain and wanting to avoid jail, set them up for this job on behalf of MI5, which desires the contents of a certain safe deposit box, No. 118. This box contains sensual and compromising photos of a member of the British Royal Family (in the film, Princess Margaret). The photos and box belong to a black militant gangster who calls himself Michael X (Peter de Jersey); he uses the photos to avoid trouble with the Metropolitan Police, and MI5 is charged with keeping the photos out of circulation.

As Terry’s crew digs, the radio chatter draws the attention of a local amateur radio operator, who overhears the conversation and realizes a robbery is in progress. He calls the police, who begin to search their ten-mile radius and listen for concrete details to pin the robbery down. Terry’s crew breaks through and loot the vault, as Martine goes for the photo deposit-box. A suspicious Terry opens it with her and, upon seeing the pictures, realizes Martine’s hidden agenda. Among the photos are many of high-ranking government officials, including a senior MP, in compromising positions in a local S&M brothel. The robbers take these with money and other valuables. Terry arranges for alternate transportation "to be safe", throwing off MI5 who had intended to intercept them. Guy and Bambas escape with their share and Terry confronts Martine over the photos, who explains the unfolding predicament. The robbery discovered, the police corrupt ones receiving payoffs and honest ones began an investigation while MI5 continues their search. Also joining the search for Terry’s crew is Lew Vogel, an organized crime figure worried about the contents of his ledger, which lists payoffs he made to police, which was stolen in the robbery. He informs Michael X that the royal ‘portraits’ had gone missing and Michael X becomes suspicious of Gale Benson (Hattie Morahan), a British spy who loves his American colleague Black Power militant, Hakim Jamal (Colin Salmon), and has traveled with him and Jamal to Trinidad.

Remembering the encounter with Shilling outside of the bank before the robbery, Vogel has him tortured for information with a sandblaster. Shilling breaks and Vogel goes to Terry’s garage and kidnaps Eddie, the lookout. Meanwhile, a senior minister in the government, Lord Drysdale, is shown photos of himself in the brothel run by Sonia Bern (Sharon Maughan) and agrees to help absolve the robbers and secure them safe passage. Meanwhile, MI5 issues a D-Notice forbidding press reports. Police simultaneously release recordings of the walkie-talkie conversations in the hope that someone will recognize the voices. These recordings are heard on the radio by Terry’s family. Vogel’s accomplice, corrupt Detective Gerald Pyke (Don Gallagher), shoots Dave and threatens to shoot Eddie unless Vogel gets his ledger back. Vogel agrees with Terry to meet him at Paddington Station in London. During this time, Guy and Bambas are murdered by persons unknown, and Michael X has Benson killed in Trinidad by an associates. Terry has Kev give the same instruction to Detective Sergeant Roy Given (Gerard Horan), the officer in charge of the investigation, citing knowledge of corrupt officers under Vogel’s control. He convinces Vogel to go to Paddington Station at the same time, offering him the ledger in return for Eddie’s safe return.

Terry heads to the rendezvous while Martine meets up with Tim Everett (Richard Lintern), her original contact in MI5, on a bridge overlooking the scene. Vogel and his corrupt police arrive with the mechanic, but recognize the MI5 agents and run. The deputy head of MI5 (with Lord Mountbatten) hands over the passports Terry bargained for, in return for the photos of the princess. Terry then chases Vogel and in a fight knocks out Vogel and his thugs, including corrupt Detective Nick Barton (Craig Fairbrass). Detective Given, officer in charge of the investigation, arrives to see the robbers arrested. He speaks with the MI5 officers present, who direct police to let the robbers go. Terry gives the ledger to the police officer before he, Kevin, and Eddie leave the scene. Vogel and the corrupt officers are arrested instead. Everett personally supervises Michael X’s arrest in Trinidad and Tobago and has Benson’s remains exhumed for reburial in Britain. The final scenes have Terry and Martine saying good-bye, and Terry and his family enjoying a relaxed and carefree life on a small motor yacht of their own, off a sunny beach.

The epilogue states that the revelations about the brothel forced many government officials to resign. Scotland Yard begins investigating the corrupt officers named in the ledger. Michael X was hanged in 1975 for Benson’s murder and his personal files are kept hidden in the British National Archives until 2054. Vogel is imprisoned for eight years for crimes that were unrelated to the robbery. The murderers of Guy and Bambas have never been found. About 4 million worth of materials and money were stolen from the robbery. At least 100 safety-deposit box owners did not claim insurance nor identify the items in the boxes.

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Produced By:

  • David Alper known as executive producer
  • Mairi Bett known as co-producer
  • Steve Chasman known as producer (as Steven Chasman)
  • Luigi Desole known as line producer: Sardinia
  • Scott Fischer known as executive producer
  • Pete Ford known as line producer: Australia
  • Alex Gartner known as executive producer
  • Alan Glazer known as executive producer (as Alan G. Glazer)
  • Gary Hamilton known as executive producer
  • Ryan Kavanaugh known as executive producer
  • Christopher Mapp known as executive producer
  • George McIndoe known as executive producer
  • Charles Roven known as producer
  • Aaron Shuster known as associate producer
  • Matthew Street known as executive producer
  • David Whealy known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jason Statham known as Terry Leather
  • Saffron Burrows known as Martine Love
  • Stephen Campbell Moore known as Kevin Swain
  • Daniel Mays known as Dave Shilling
  • James Faulkner known as Guy Singer
  • Alki David known as Bambas
  • Michael Jibson known as Eddie Burton
  • Georgia Taylor known as Ingrid Burton
  • Richard Lintern known as Tim Everett
  • Peter Bowles known as Miles Urquart
  • Alistair Petrie known as Philip Lisle
  • Hattie Morahan known as Gale Benson
  • Julian Lewis Jones known as Snow
  • Andrew Brooke known as Quinn
  • Rupert Frazer known as Lord Drysdale
  • Christopher Owen known as Mountbatten
  • Keeley Hawes known as Wendy Leather
  • Taelor Samways known as Catherine Leather
  • Kasey Baterip known as Julie Leather
  • Don Gallagher known as Gerald Pyke
  • Craig Fairbrass known as Nick Barton
  • Gerard Horan known as Roy Given
  • Robert Whitelock known as Alfie Hook
  • David Suchet known as Lew Vogel
  • Peter De Jersey known as Michael X
  • Johann Myers known as Stanley 'The Knife' Abbot
  • Colin Salmon known as Hakim Jamal
  • Sharon Maughan known as Sonia Bern
  • Ray Nicholas known as Vogel's Driver
  • Les Kenny-Green known as Pinky
  • Jamie Kenna known as Perky
  • Angus Wright known as Eric Addey
  • Mark Phoenix known as Mr Brown
  • James Hall known as Customs Agent
  • Cameron Anderson known as Young Soldier
  • Julian Firth known as Lawyer
  • Norma Dixit known as Customs Matron
  • Antony Gabriel known as Reporter
  • Rupert Vansittart known as Sir Leonard Plugge
  • Bronson Webb known as Chicken Inn Waiter
  • Omar Mostafa known as Chicken Inn Cook
  • Dylan Charles known as Chicken Inn Customer
  • Michael Haughey known as Bank Manager
  • Ray Trickett known as Beat Policeman (as Ray Trickitt)
  • Steve Gibbs known as Newspaper Hawker
  • Ursula Mohan known as Dave's Mum
  • Alan Swoffer known as John Lennon
  • Louise Chambers known as The Princess
  • Bonnie Simon known as Island Woman
  • Dimitri Pappadopoullos known as Island Man
  • Dai Smith known as Wedding Band (as The Storys)
  • Alan Thomas known as Wedding Band (as The Storys)
  • Brian Thomas known as Wedding Band (as The Storys)
  • Rob Thompson known as Wedding Band (as The Storys)
  • Andy Collins known as Wedding Band (as The Storys)
  • Steve Balsamo known as Wedding Band (as The Storys)
  • Debbie Attwell known as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Shane James Bordas known as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Trevor Coppola known as Leonard (uncredited)
  • John De Luca known as Eddie's Friend (uncredited)
  • James Fiddy known as Strip Club Punter (uncredited)
  • Kas Graham known as Playboy Club Punter (uncredited)
  • Mick Jagger known as Bank Employee – Safe Deposit (uncredited)
  • John Warman known as C.I.D. Officer (uncredited)
  • Chris Wilson known as CID Officer (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Kirstin Chalmers known as hair designer
  • Kirstin Chalmers known as makeup designer
  • Francesca Crowder known as additional makeup artist
  • Peter Dee known as additional makeup artist
  • Sarah Downes known as additional makeup artist
  • Peta Dunstall known as additional makeup artist
  • Mark English known as additional makeup artist
  • Massimo Gattabrusi known as hair stylist: Sardinia
  • Helen Glover known as hair assistant: Australia
  • Helen Glover known as makeup assistant: Australia
  • Carol Greenfield known as additional makeup artist
  • Jodie Hellingman known as hairdresser: Australia
  • Waldo Mason known as prosthetics
  • Kristie Matthiae known as additional makeup artist
  • Donald McInnes known as key hair stylist
  • Donald McInnes known as key makeup artist
  • Laura McIntosh known as makeup artist (as Laura Mackintosh)
  • Sharon O'Brien known as key hair stylist (as Sharon Paula O'Brien)
  • Sharon O'Brien known as key makeup artist (as Sharon Paula O'Brien)
  • Heather Ross known as hair supervisor: Australia
  • Heather Ross known as makeup supervisor: Australia
  • Sophie Slotover known as hair trainee
  • Sophie Slotover known as makeup trainee
  • Larry Van Duynhoven known as special makeup effects artist
  • Carla Vicenzino known as makeup artist: Sardinia (as Carla Vincenzino)
  • Rupert Simon known as hair & makeup artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Brendan Barlow known as plasterer
  • Louise Begbie known as art department assistant
  • Steven Carroll known as lead plasterer
  • Ben Collins known as stand-by art director
  • Emma Davis known as production buyer
  • Laura Dishington known as graphic designer
  • Justin Dix known as art director: Australia
  • Wilson Du known as draughtsperson
  • Matthew Foster known as dressing propman
  • Paul Hearn known as props
  • Amelia Marasco known as set dresser
  • Tony Marks known as carpenter
  • Janine Marshall known as head painter: Australia
  • Eddie Murphy known as carpenter
  • Nick Pelham known as storyboard artist
  • Hannah Read known as art department assistant: models
  • Malcolm Roberts known as construction manager
  • Richard Selway known as assistant art director
  • Pippa Sheen known as art department coordinator: Australia
  • Nick Turnbull known as property master
  • Thomas Jones known as props mould-maker (uncredited)

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Production Companies:

  • Mosaic Media Group
  • Relativity Media (in association with)
  • Skyline (Baker St)
  • Atlas Entertainment
  • Omnilab Media

Other Companies:

  • ARRI Lighting Rental  lighting (as Arri Lighting)
  • ARRI Lighting Rental  special thanks (as Arri Lighting UK)
  • ARRI Media  Arriflex D-20 camera provided by
  • ARRI Media  grip equipment (as Arri Media)
  • ARRI Media  high-definition camera equipment (as Arri Media)
  • ARRI Media  special thanks (as Arri Media GB)
  • Allan Eaton Studios  orchestral music recorded at
  • Clearing House, The  clearances
  • Compuhire  video playback
  • Dennis Davidson & Associates Public Releations (DDA)  international publicity
  • Digital Pictures  digital intermediate (as Digital Pictures Melbourne)
  • Digital Pictures  post-production facilities (as Digital Pictures Melbourne)
  • Ealing Studios  special thanks
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Firstar Films  bridge financing
  • Gearbox Sound and Vision  Avid Adrenalines and Unity LanShare supplied by
  • Gearbox Sound and Vision  editing facilities and equipment (as Gear Box)
  • Getty Images  stock footage and images (as Getty)
  • Hothouse Music  music clearances (as Hot House Music)
  • Lionsgate Records  soundtrack
  • Mayflower Studios  adr recording studios
  • Metro Color London  stills processing (as Metro)
  • Midnight Transfer  post-production telecine facilities
  • One8Six  video playback equipment
  • Peerless Camera Company  special thanks
  • Pinewood Studios  movie studio (exterior London street set)
  • Production Copier Company  production equipment and services
  • Rebrush Music Studios, Los Angeles  score production and mixing
  • Sing Sing Studios  orchestral music mixed at
  • Sky Media Travel  travel agent
  • Soundfirm  sound post-production (as Soundfirm Melbourne)
  • Wavevend Communications  walkie talkies (as Wavevend)

Distributors:

  • Alfa Films (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Benelux Film Distribution (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Festive Films (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Entertainment (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Movie-Eye Entertainment (2008) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution (2008) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2008) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Pinema (2008) (Turkey) (theatrical)
  • Rialto Film AG (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Sidus FNH (2008) (Korea) (theatrical)
  • Viva International Pictures (2008) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Castello Lopes Multimedia (2008) (Portugal) (all media)
  • CatchPlay (2008) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (retail)
  • Echo Bridge Entertainment (2011) (Spain) (TV)
  • Hollydan Works (2008) (Yugoslavia) (DVD)
  • Kinowelt Home Entertainment (2008) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Lionsgate (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Lionsgate (2008) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Maple Pictures (2008) (Canada) (all media)
  • Oy Nordisk Film (2008) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Spentzos Films (2008) (Greece) (all media)
  • Top Film (2008) (Russia) (all media)
  • Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Nathan Bayliss known as opening titles designer: Iloura
  • David Booth known as visual effects supervisor: Iloura
  • Paul Buckley known as lead animator: Iloura
  • Alan Fairlie known as lead compositor: Iloura
  • Dominic Hellier known as digital artist: Iloura
  • Neil Huxley known as graphics designer
  • Ineke Majoor known as visual effects producer: Iloura
  • Glenn Melenhorst known as lead matte painter: Iloura
  • Keith Meure known as digital artist: Iloura
  • Simon Nix known as data wrangler
  • Matthew Pascuzzi known as digital artist: Iloura
  • John Swinnerton known as visual effects advisor
  • Peter Webb known as visual effects supervisor: Iloura

Release Date:

  • UK 19 February 2008 (Glasgow Film Festival)
  • UK 25 February 2008 (London) (premiere)
  • UK 28 February 2008
  • Ireland 29 February 2008
  • Canada 7 March 2008
  • Iran 7 March 2008
  • USA 7 March 2008
  • Turkey 21 March 2008
  • Russia 27 March 2008
  • Bulgaria 28 March 2008
  • Romania 28 March 2008
  • Portugal 10 April 2008
  • Ukraine 8 May 2008
  • Israel 15 May 2008
  • Brazil 16 May 2008
  • Iceland 18 June 2008
  • Germany 19 June 2008
  • Kuwait 26 June 2008
  • Austria 27 June 2008
  • Singapore 3 July 2008
  • Greece 10 July 2008
  • Hungary 10 July 2008
  • Finland 11 July 2008
  • Norway 11 July 2008
  • Taiwan 11 July 2008
  • Philippines 13 July 2008
  • Poland 25 July 2008
  • Australia 31 July 2008
  • France 6 August 2008
  • Switzerland 6 August 2008 (French speaking region)
  • Switzerland 14 August 2008 (German speaking region)
  • Croatia 28 August 2008
  • Mexico 29 August 2008
  • Netherlands 25 September 2008
  • Argentina 16 October 2008
  • South Korea 30 October 2008
  • Japan 22 November 2008
  • Belgium 26 November 2008
  • Italy 4 December 2008 (Noir in Festival)
  • Egypt 28 January 2009
  • Peru 9 April 2009
  • Colombia 31 July 2009
  • Panama 18 September 2009
  • Sweden 24 September 2010 (TV premiere)

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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