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The Great Riviera Bank Robbery (1979)

A group of fascists plan to finance their work by pulling off a bank robbery.


Francis Megahy


Bernie Cooper (screenplay), Francis Megahy (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McShane ... The Brain
Warren Clarke ... Jean
Stephen Greif ... Rocco
Christopher Malcolm ... Serge
Nigel Humphreys Nigel Humphreys ... Alex
Eric Mason Eric Mason ... Fernand
Matthew Long Matthew Long ... Michel
Alain Guano Alain Guano ... Alain
Barry Lowe Barry Lowe ... Lawyer
Jonathan Elsom Jonathan Elsom ... Magistrate
Arnold Diamond ... Town Hall Man
Christopher Burgess Christopher Burgess ... Policeman
Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan ... Customer
Sheila Ruskin Sheila Ruskin ... Bank Girl
Adrian Shergold ... Young Leftie


A group of fascists plan to finance their work by pulling off a bank robbery.

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Also known as "Sewers of Gold" when shown on British TV channel Talking Pictures on 24 September 2018 See more »


When the team finally break through from the sewer into the bank's vault, the gas cylinders they use have 'Calor' stamped on them-unlikely, as this company supplies the UK and Eire only. The French equivalent would be 'Elf' or 'Camping Gaz'. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This film is based on events which took place in the South of France in 1976. See more »


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Barebones TV rendering of a true story
20 September 2012 | by vostfSee all my reviews

This movie really lacks a good director, one with a sense of suspense. The Great Riviera Bank Robbery, aka Sewers of Gold, aka Dirty Money (they definitely were at a loss for ideas to market this unexciting movie) tells the story of the July'76 Société Générale Bank robbery in Nice. It is very much inspired by facts, and the book by self-proclaimed Brain Albert Spaggiari (Sewers of Paradise - 1978) and sticks closely to that line.

Unfortunately all the technical elements of the Master Heist are not enough to make the great premise into a great movie. Reality is less interesting than the make believe art of cinema, especially if your heroes are nationalist wingnuts (and if you deem useful to drive this point home with a Hitler portrait and other Third Reich memorabilia). So we've got a Master Heist being re-enacted with very little tension, and no change in rhythm whatsoever.

A weak movie that does a clean job of putting all the pieces together, it actually feels like the ITV movie of the week it was meant to be, with everything just shot and edited together without much thought.

The 2007 region 2 DVD is a cheap release, sporting a 4:3 ratio which I guess is the original TV framing, so be aware that the "Best Heist Movie ever" other reviewers chuckle over is just a good TV movie.

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Release Date:

14 May 1980 (Colombia) See more »

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The Great Riviera Bank Robbery See more »

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France See more »

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1.33 : 1
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