|Directed by||Peter Hall|
|Produced by||Stanley Baker
|Written by||Scott Forbes
|Music by||John Dankworth|
|Edited by||Rex Pyke|
|Distributed by||London Screen|
|Release dates||November 10, 1970 (UK)
December 23, 1970 (U.S.)
|Running time||94 min.|
Perfect Friday is a British bank-heist film released in 1970, directed by Peter Hall. It stars Ursula Andress as Lady Britt Dorset, Stanley Baker as Mr Graham, David Warner as Lord Nicholas Dorset and T. P. McKenna as Smith.
The story revolves around three people -- Lord Nicholas Dorset and his wife Britt, for whom luxury is a necessity, and their bank manager Mr. Graham. Over the years, Mr. Graham has devised a plan to rob his own bank. His clients' desperate financial straits make them ideal accomplices in his eyes, but to ensure their loyalty he makes love to Britt after sending her husband away, then bribes Nick with a retainer.
The robbery scheme is dependent on timing and must be carried out on a Friday -- the perfect Friday. With careful planning, the simple, neat crime is eventually accomplished. But each mistrusts the other, and with £300,000 at stake, the three robbers have a lot to lose.
The film is noted for its snappy dialogue and charming chemistry between Baker and Andress. The underlying message is about class in 1970s Britain. A DVD was scheduled for release in 2013.
- Stanley Baker as Mr. Graham
- Ursula Andress as Lady Britt Dorset
- David Warner as Lord Nicholas "Nick" Dorset
- Patience Collier as Nanny
- T. P. McKenna as Smith
- David Waller as Williams
- Joan Benham as Miss Welsh
- Julian Orchard as Thompson
- Trisha Mortimer as Janet
- Anne Tirard as Miss Marsh
- Johnny Briggs as Taxi Driver
- Fred Griffiths as Taxi Driver
- Sidney Jennings as Taxi Driver
- Hugh Halliday as Cyclist
- Max Faulkner as Strong Room Guard
- Carleton Hobbs as Elderly Peer
- Eric Longworth as House of Lords Messenger
- Brian Peck as Chauffeur
- Howard Lang as Bank Commissionaire
- Patrick Jordan as Bank Guard
- Malcolm Johns as Swiss Boy Friend
- Garfield Morgan as 1st Airport Official
- Derek Cox as 2nd Airport Official
- Barbara Ogilvie as Woman Airport Official
- Georgina Simpson as Stewardess
The movie was produced by Stanley Baker who later said of it:
What I like about Perfect Friday is that everybody lies to each other and everybody believes each other's lies. I don't know if the audience realises it, but every time the characters speak to each other, they're lying.
- Mary Blume, 'Stanley Baker Likes to Act', Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 14 Aug 1971: a8.
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