Two robbers are persecuted by the law, whose servants are not much better and even worse.

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Jake Scott

Writers:

Selwyn Roberts (earlier screenplay), Robert Wade (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonny Lee Miller ... Macleane
Iain Robertson ... Highwayman Rob
Robert Carlyle ... Plunkett
Ken Stott ... Chance
Liv Tyler ... Lady Rebecca Gibson
Stephen Walters ... Dennis
James Thornton James Thornton ... Catchpole
Terence Rigby ... Harrison
Christian Camargo ... Lord Pelham
Karel Polisenský Karel Polisenský ... Newgate Priest
Neve McIntosh ... Liz
Matt Lucas ... Sir Oswald
David Walliams ... Viscount Bilston
David Foxxe David Foxxe ... Lord Ketch
Jake Gavin Jake Gavin ... Newgate Gent
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Storyline

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 Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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They rob the rich... and that's it See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Judge Beresteade: 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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Crazy Credits

The person in charge of overseeing the duel between Chance and Plunkett is listed as the "Dual Referee". See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

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Written & Performed by Craig Armstrong
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Plunkett and Macleane:History doesn't always matter
12 April 1999 | by GoldmineSee all my reviews

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$244,765, 3 October 1999

Gross USA:

$474,900

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$474,900
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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