Loot (1970 film)

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Directed by Silvio Narizzano
Produced by Arthur Lewis
Written by Joe Orton (play)
Ray Galton
Alan Simpson
Starring Richard Attenborough
Lee Remick
Hywel Bennett
Music by Keith Mansfield
Cinematography Austin Dempster
Edited by Martin Charles
Release date
  • 1970 (1970)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Loot is a 1970 British comedy film directed by Silvio Narizzano which is based on the play of the same name by Joe Orton.[1] It was entered into the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


The setting is a seaside hotel owned by a Mr. McLeavy in the 1960s in England. The owner’s son, Hal (Roy Holder), and Hal's boyfriend, Dennis (Hywel Bennett), rob a bank located next to the funeral parlour where Dennis works. They hide the money in the coffin of Hal’s mother, who has just died and whose body has been returned to the hotel prior to its final burial. Inspector Truscott (Richard Attenborough) investigates the bank robbery and immediately suspects Hal and Dennis. Meanwhile, Mr. McLeavy (Milo O'Shea) is being aggressively courted by Fay McMahon (Lee Remick), the nurse who cared for Hal’s ailing mother in her last weeks of life. McMahon is having an affair with Dennis, who is proudly bisexual, but she has no real interest in him until he tells her he has come into money. Inspector Truscott also has a particular interest in Nurse McMahon, he is sure she murdered several of her former husbands, and also thinks she poisoned Hal's mother. Truscott’s investigations, and Dennis and Hal’s ongoing measures to get away with the proceeds of the bank robbery, make up the action in "Loot".



  1. ^ Variety film review; 31 January 1971, page 24.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Loot". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 

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