The Great Riviera Bank Robbery
|The Great Riviera Bank Robbery|
|Directed by||Francis Megahy|
|Produced by||Martin McKeand|
|Written by||Francis Megahy
|Music by||Stanley Myers|
|Edited by||Arthur Solomon|
|Distributed by||Incorporated Television Company|
The Great Riviera Bank Robbery, also known as Dirty Money and Sewers of Gold, is a 1979 British heist film written and directed by Francis Megahy and starring Ian McShane, Warren Clarke, Stephen Greif and Christopher Malcolm. In the film, based on a real incident in 1976, members of a neofascist group team up with professional criminals to rob the safe deposit vault of a bank in a French resort town.
Bert and Jean are members of a right-wing nationalist organisation closely connected to the Organisation armée secrète. Both are ex-military, and now find themselves on the wrong side of the law in Nice, France. Needing to raise cash to buy arms, Bert, an ex-paratrooper known as 'The Brain', devises a plan to dig their way into a bank vault.
Needing criminal expertise, they persuade some local French gangsters to join them, in return for a cut of the haul. The gangsters' interest is purely mercenary while Bert is at pains to point out that his interest is political. After several nights spent digging through a wall in a sewer, they break their way into the deposit boxes, and try to make their getaway without being caught.
The film was released on Region Two DVD in 2007.
- "The Great Riviera Bank Robbery > Overview". allmovie.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
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