Two rich, roguish brothers (Oliver Reed and Michael Crawford) scheme to steal the Crown Jewels for a lark, in this light-hearted caper comedy/drama.
Thrills and laughs abound, thanks to intelligent plotting and breezy performances from the two stars (the wild man and the mild man of British entertainment).
It’s a quintessential “Swinging London” movie, full of nice locations and ever-so-British attitudes.
The Dick Clement/Ian La Frenais screenplay was virtually director-proof and was entrusted to Michael Winner, who certainly does a decent job of it, making it seem regrettable that he ever veered away from comedy.
There’s also splendid support from Harry Andrews, James Donald and Michael Hordern.