- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 51 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 28, 1998
- Originally Released: 1979
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Digital Mono - French
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Michael Crichton - Director
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Additional Products:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Find me a dead cat."
- Pierce (Sean Connery) to Agar (Donald Sutherland)
Variety - 01/17/1979
"...The actual theft is ingenious....A lesson in the superior effectiveness of a well-placed camera over fancy tricks....[A] full and inventive soundtrack..."
New York Times - 02/02/1979
"...Directed by [Crichton] with great good humor....The three [stars] work together beautifully..."
Michael Crichton's most accomplished directorial effort, THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY is a stylish thriller based on his best-selling book about the first robbery to take place aboard a moving train. Set in 1855 England, Edward Pierce (Sean Connery) is a master thief with the ambitious goal of stealing a shipment of gold bars en route to the Crimea. Conspiring with his beautiful mistress, Miriam (Lesley-Anne Down), and England's greatest locksmith, Agar (Donald Sutherland), Pierce sets out on a quest to copy each of four keys needed to open the train's vault, keys that are kept and guarded by different parties. Giving a smooth performance reminiscent of his James Bond role, Connery infuses Pierce with a disarming confidence as he seduces his way through the upper-class environment of the key holders, who seem to have their own low-brow weaknesses. From the decadent parties and mansions of the wealthy to the brothels and dog fights of the underclass, THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY is a historical tour de force that culminates in the suspenseful, dangerous climax of this true story.