Rich, roguish brothers David (Oliver Reed) and Michael (Michael Crawford) Tremayne scheme to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London 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.
Lt. Col. Paling
Maj. Gen. Jeffcock