Will Plunkett (Robert Carlyle) and Captain James Macleane (Jonny Lee Miller), two men from different ends of the social spectrum in eighteenth century England, enter a gentlemen's agreement: They decide to rid the aristocrats of their belongings. With Plunkett's criminal know-how and Macleane's social connections, they team up to be soon known as "The Gentlemen Highwaymen". But when one day these gentlemen hold up Lord Chief Justice Gibson's (Sir Michael Gambon's) coach, Macleane instantly falls in love with his beautiful and cunning niece, Lady Rebecca Gibson (Liv Tyler). Unfortunately, Thief Taker General Chance (Ken Stott), who also is quite fond of Rebecca, is getting closer and closer to getting both: The Gentlemen Highwaymen and Rebecca, who, needless to say, don't want to get any closer to him. But Plunkett still has a thing to sort out with Chance, and his impulsiveness gets all of them in a little trouble.Written by
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The two aristocrats introduced to Will Plunkett (Robert Carlyle) and Captain James Macleane (Jonny Lee Miller) by Lord Rochester (Alan Cumming) are called Dixon (Ben Miller) and Winterburn (Alexander Armstrong). These are the names of two players - Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn - for the English football team Arsenal during the late 1980s/early 1990s, and part of Arsenal's famous "back four". See more »
Lady Rebecca accuses Mr. Chance of having Halitosis. The term Halitosis originated in the 1870's, well over a hundred years after the time period the movie is set in. See more »
Captain James Macleane, for drunkenness, unruly behavior, causing an affray and disturbing the King's, I hereby sentence you to be placed in the Knightsbridge debtors' jail and to be held there until you are sober. Take him away.
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The person in charge of overseeing the duel between Chance and Plunkett is listed as the "Dual Referee". See more »
Plunkett and Macleane:History doesn't always matter
Far from being historically naive, Plunkett and Macleane is a very cheeky comedy which uses modern touches to bring humour and vibrance to the story. In one hilarious scene modern music is used to turn a ball into a kind of rave. This picture probably conveys more of the spirit of England at that time than any of the tightly corseted period dramas that we see on our small screens. In those days London would no doubt have been (not much different than today) a hive of grime, guts, violence and sex. The best thing to do is to sit back and enjoy the energy,comedy and damn fine performances in this great little britflick. It's not exactly accurate but then this is not what was intended. Give it a go!
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