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A gang of five diverse oddball criminal types rent a two-room apartment in an old house on a London cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow with three pet parrots. The group's mastermind, Professor Marcus, tells her a cover story that they are members of an amateur string quintet and would like to use the rooms to hone their musical skills. In reality, they're plotting to rob an armored bank van and...

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

Photos

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