HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
American Fiction
Poor Things
Thunderclap
Zeiram
Legend of the Bat
Party Line
Night Fright
Pacha, Le
Kimi
Assemble Insert
Venus Tear Diamond, The
Promare
Beauty's Evil Roses, The
Free Guy
Huck and Tom's Mississippi Adventure
Rejuvenator, The
Who Fears the Devil?
Guignolo, Le
Batman, The
Land of Many Perfumes
Cat vs. Rat
Tom & Jerry: The Movie
Naked Violence
Joyeuses Pacques
Strangeness, The
How I Became a Superhero
Golden Nun
Incident at Phantom Hill
Winterhawk
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
Maigret Sets a Trap
B.N.A.
Hell's Wind Staff, The
Topo Gigio and the Missile War
Battant, Le
Penguin Highway
Cazadore de Demonios
Snatchers
Imperial Swordsman
Foxtrap
   
 
Newest Articles
3 From Arrow Player: Sweet Sugar, Girls Nite Out and Manhattan Baby
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
   
 
  Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, A The Bank Job
Year: 1979
Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Richard Jordan, Oliver Tobias, David Niven, Elke Sommer, Gloria Grahame, Richard Johnson, Michael Angelis, Dicken Ashworth, Brian Croucher, Derek Deadman, James Galloway, Charlie Hawkins, Anthony Heaton, Davy Kaye, Brian Protheroe, Hugh Griffith
Genre: ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 2 votes)
Review: Career criminal Pinky (Richard Jordan) is an American in a British jail, but the good news for him is that he is being released tomorrow. He has a chat with the warden (an uncredited Joss Ackland) about how he should seriously consider going straight in light of the amount of time he has wasted inside, and as a parting shot Pinky fixes the warden's wife's toaster for him. Once on the outside, he is picked up by his old friend Foxy (Oliver Tobias) and taken back home to stay with Foxy's mother (Gloria Grahame), but he will soon have to be thinking about the unthinkable: getting a steady job.

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square appears as if it should have been based on a true story, so similar is its plot to daring bank heists of London infamy, but there's a disclaimer at the end saying that all incidents and characters portrayed herein are fictitious, and so on, you know the drill, so perhaps it was all made up in the imagination of screenwriter Guy Elmes. Not only was this his last film, it was the final work of director Ralph Thomas, best known for his light touch on the Doctor series of comedies, and he is capable if uninspired here.

In fact, that could sum up the film as a whole, with the thorough professionalism you might expect from a British television series of the seventies, maybe something made by Euston Films. As with many United Kindom genre movies, this also had an international cast to better appeal to those lucrative Continental markets and of course the American box office, although how well a work so specific to London might do overseas is a moot point. As it is, many have fond memories from seeing it on late night television over the years.

And in truth it's perfectly reasonable entertainment, with American Jordan fitting adequately enough into a role where he is threatened by the London criminal underworld led by that gentleman's gentleman, David Niven, here playing mob boss Ivan. His men are made up of a few handfuls of Brit character faces recognisable from much the same kind of thing over the years, and they all turn up at the international bank that Pinky gets a job at as Ivan strongarms him into setting up a large scale robbery there. Pinky is reluctant, well aware this will earn him another stretch in prison, but there appears to be no way out of it.

If there's one thing wrong with A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, apart from a title which misrepresents the plot (it's not a musical, although a disco version of the song is heard just to inescapably date the film), then it's that the narrative is rather flabby, taking its own sweet time to get around to the robbery centrepiece. If you don't appreciate the local colour, and there's plenty of it, then you may find your attention wandering, but when it does resolve itself in the last half hour you'll see the preparation was not entirely in vain. Throw in a gratuitously naked Elke Sommer and a pause for an ad for a global fast food chain, and for the rest you have a movie which celebrates the lovable rogue without much flair, but gets the job done. Music by Stanley Myers.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 5874 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Louise Hackett
Mark Le Surf-hall
Andrew Pragasam
Mary Sibley
Graeme Clark
  Desbris M
   

 

Last Updated: