The Great Bank Robbery (1969)

98 mins | Comedy, Western | 1969

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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Malcolm Stuart Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
Asst dir
1st & 2nd asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2nd unit photog
Helicopter cam
Aerial photog
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Orch
Mus supv
Vocal arr
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Supv hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
2nd unit asst dir
Ballooning
Title des
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Great Bank Robbery by Frank O'Rourke (New York, 1969).
SONGS
"The Rainbow Rider" and "Heaven Helps Him Who Helps Himself," words and music by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen, sung By Zero Mostel.
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
Houston opening: 24 June 1969
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros.--Seven Arts, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 July 1969
Copyright Number:
LP38031
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
98
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Slade, a gunfighter, robs a Texas train of a large shipment of gold and deposits it in a bank in the town of Friendly. The vault's contents are being sought by two rival gangs. Mexican bandit Papa Pedro and his men make two fumbling attempts to rob the vault, first by rushing the bank only to be chased away by a blast of gunfire, and then by attempting to break down the door with a battering ram. The second gang is led by the Rev. Pious Blue, who has established himself as the town's preacher; his associates, who include the beautiful Lyda Kabanov, plan to tunnel into the bank and dynamite the wall on the Fourth of July, when an explosion will go unnoticed. Texas Ranger Ben Quick, with his band of five Chinese secret service agents, is also trying to tunnel into the bank, but his mission is to obtain evidence that will incriminate Kincaid, the town's crooked mayor and owner of the bank. On the Fourth of July, Reverend Blue's gang reaches the vault first. While robbing the vault they accidentally discover the evidence against Kincaid; the gang is then chased by Quick until they come to a giant balloon waiting to take them to safety. The reverend miscalculates the weight of the gold, however, and the balloon is unable to rise. To lighten the load, Lyda jumps out, permitting the reverend to escape, and she remains with her lover, Quick; and the Texas Ranger gets the evidence needed to convict ... +


Slade, a gunfighter, robs a Texas train of a large shipment of gold and deposits it in a bank in the town of Friendly. The vault's contents are being sought by two rival gangs. Mexican bandit Papa Pedro and his men make two fumbling attempts to rob the vault, first by rushing the bank only to be chased away by a blast of gunfire, and then by attempting to break down the door with a battering ram. The second gang is led by the Rev. Pious Blue, who has established himself as the town's preacher; his associates, who include the beautiful Lyda Kabanov, plan to tunnel into the bank and dynamite the wall on the Fourth of July, when an explosion will go unnoticed. Texas Ranger Ben Quick, with his band of five Chinese secret service agents, is also trying to tunnel into the bank, but his mission is to obtain evidence that will incriminate Kincaid, the town's crooked mayor and owner of the bank. On the Fourth of July, Reverend Blue's gang reaches the vault first. While robbing the vault they accidentally discover the evidence against Kincaid; the gang is then chased by Quick until they come to a giant balloon waiting to take them to safety. The reverend miscalculates the weight of the gold, however, and the balloon is unable to rise. To lighten the load, Lyda jumps out, permitting the reverend to escape, and she remains with her lover, Quick; and the Texas Ranger gets the evidence needed to convict Kincaid. +

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