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Five oddball criminals planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

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Directed by

Alexander Mackendrick

Written by

William Rose (Screenplay)
Jimmy O'Connor (Screenplay)

Runtime

91 minutes

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Tagline

Who was that lady I saw you outwit last night? That was no lady … That was ‘Mum’ Wilberforce, …

Cast

Keywords

dark comedy money criminal old lady widow landlady gang of thieves parrot steam locomotive planning octogenarian quintet armored van robbery rented rooms bumbling crooks interruptions

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Lists

#779 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#402 on 500 Essential Cult Movies Jennifer Eiss

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

#13 on Top 100 British films BFI

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Best Screenplay - Original