Charles Crichton directed this Ealing caper comedy, with a witty script by T.E.B. Clarke that won an Academy Award. Alec Guinness is Henry Holland, an unassuming transporter of gold bullion who, after working for twenty years with no rewards in sight for his faithful service to his company, decides to reward himself by stealing one million pounds worth of gold. Calling on his old friend Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway), a manufacturer of paperweights and an amateur sculptor, and a couple of Cockney crooks, Lackery (Sidney James) and Shorty (Alfie Bass), they conspire to lift a gold shipment. After absconding with the gold, Henry melts the gold into a collection of souvenir Eiffel Towers, which he then ships off to Paris. But chaos reigns when a group of English schoolgirls purchase the gold towers, and the gang now become embroiled in a wild goose chase to recover their stolen gold.
- MPAA Rating: Not Rated
- Genre(s): Comedy,Crime and Mystery,Thriller
- Run Time: 78min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 12/16/2000
- DVD Release Date: 09/10/2002
- Distributor(s): Miramax
- Themes: Unlikely Criminals
- Tone: Cynical,Easygoing,Humorous,Irreverent,Madcap
amateur, armored-car-robbery, chase, clerk, gold, shipment, thief
- Language: English