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Buster

Published January 29, 2022

Buster

Film info

  • Title Buster
  • Director David Green
  • Year 1988
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genres Romance, Crime, Comedy
  • Tagline Charming, lovable... and wanted for the crime of the century!

The story of Great Train Robber Buster Edwards, a small-timer who fell in with more ambitious thieves. After the gang robs a London to Glasgow Royal Mail train in 1963, he takes his family into hiding in Mexico but finds that money is no substitute for life back home.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:21 Bubble car sighting in the wild!
6:50 “I don’t want to keep hiding behind the sofa every month.”
6:57 £3,000 for a house!!!
12:52 I don’t think I could do planning on a roundabout. Feeling dizzy just watching.
27:28 They’re not subtle, the big ol’ red sacks.
30:10 “What I could do with a million quid…”
31:22 Playing Monopoly with piles of real cash is fun.
36:52 It’s amazing, getting all your updates from the radio like that.
41:40 Imagine coming home and your husband is up a ladder to the neighbour’s window…
48:14 Gardening is tricky, I want someone on overwatch like that!
53:22 “Listen to me, you old bag…” Term of endearment apparently.
1:00:52 Woohoo, Acapulco!
1:07:19 “They put salt in the bastard!”
1:15:13 I like ‘overworked’ as the new euphamism for absolutely bladdered.
1:24:17 “I don’t want to, me gusta Mexico.”
1:26:56 The pool definitely hampered the progress of the conga.
1:36:59 That is a LOT of police to bring one guy in.

Thoughts

This has been on our list for ages but hasn’t been available for whatever reason - hoorah, it suddenly appeared and so we dived right in. Phil Collins, acting? Must see! It is an incredible cast, portraying some really interesting characters, and the story is obviously a fascinating one… it just didn’t quite work for me. I don’t know a lot about the Great Train Robbery, and so the minimal focus on the robbery itself and the subsequent jumps in time were a bit confusing for me.

But that’s because it’s a film about Buster, not about the robbery, and that actually adds to the charm of it. I can see why at the time people might have been concerned about it glamorising the theft, but there’s so much more nuance in good vs bad these days, that it totally works.

It’s not the best made movie, and the transfer to HD and streaming doesn’t seem to have gone smoothly, but it’s a fun little watch and another one I’m glad to have ticked off.

Rating: 3 / 5

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