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« on: March 18, 2017, 01:08:50 PM »

Plunder Road (1957) - 7/10. The railroad gold robbery was so perfectly planned, nothing could possibly go wrong! Er . . . maybe the plan wasn't all that great, actually. Why is it so important to get on the road after the heist? Wouldn't it be better to lie low for a week or two until things die down, rather than try to negotiate all the roadblocks? And if you're going to split up the loot among separate vehicles, wouldn't it be better to send them on different routes? If the first one gets caught (and it does) the cops will certainly scrutinize all that come after (and they do), especially when they're rolling only 30 minutes apart.  And when you get to LA, is it really such a good idea to melt down some of the gold into fixtures for your car, especially when you're gonna end up carrying many of the actual bars anyway? And who in his right mind plans the final leg of the journey to cross LA during rush hour, allowing only a half hour cushion? Lots of things in this film don't really make sense. Why are the crooks hurrying to the hijack point at the start of the film? Wouldn't it have been prudent to get there many hours earlier, to both set up carefully AND make sure you're there on time? In spite of all these stupidities, the film is a lot of fun. We never find out why all the hurry was necessary at the start, but dramatically it gives the film a lot of forward momentum that hardly ever lets up. Cutting back and forth between the three trucks does a lot to sustain interest. And the b&w RegalScope photography--fabulous.

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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2017, 03:44:33 PM »

I didn't have a problem with any of the logic, though your criticisms are certainly fair. The crew at least used smart ways to transfer the gold and they didn't know that the police would be looking for trucks until after they left. The 'rip off the band-aid' approach may not be the smartest, but I bought it, and it made for a hell of an entertaining movie.

The opening heist is just off the charts good for a 50s crime movie, I can't compliment it enough. The photography was fantastic, Ernest Haller's work is underappreciated and I'm guilty of not giving him his due when you look at his body of work.

This is a classic. 9/10.

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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2017, 04:45:28 PM »

The opening heist is just off the charts good for a 50s crime movie, I can't compliment it enough.
We agree here. IIRC, no one says a thing until after all the gang members are free and away. It's almost as good as the silent heist in Rififi.

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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2017, 06:14:15 PM »

We agree here. IIRC, no one says a thing until after all the gang members are free and away. It's almost as good as the silent heist in Rififi.

There were voice-overs with each of the characters thoughts, which served a purpose, but wasn't necessary and it probably hurt the overall quality of the scene.

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