King of Thieves, James Marsh’s lighthearted and fun caper, starring Sir Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay and Charlie Cox, will make its debut on Digital, DVD and Blu-ray in January.
Just check this cast out: Sir Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay and Charlie Cox. It’s little wonder King Of Thieves won plenty of fans following its theatrical release earlier this year. Now, James Marsh’s lighthearted caper, which brings to dramatic life the true story of the Hatton Garden diamond heist, considered the biggest and most daring in British history, arrives on Digital January 14, 2019 and DVD/Blu-ray on January 21.
Reminding of Basil Dearden’s 1960 film The League of Gentlemen, which similarly featured a crew of pension-age criminals concocting a great heist, King of Thieves (which could quite easily be titled Ocean’s 80) goes for a British old man aesthetic over Hollywood’s all-female Ocean’s reboot. Boasting the directing talent of Marsh, whose previous credits include The Theory of Everything and feature documentaries Man on Wire and Project Nim, the film was inspired by Mark Seal’s Vanity Fair piece The Over the Hill Mob which details the group’s successful entry into the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company’s building and subsequent access, by drilling, to the vault through 50cm-thick walls with heavy machinery.
The actual robbery took place in 2015 when around £200 million was stolen by a bunch of retirees. In King of Thieves, Caine plays the leader of the gang of 60 and 70-somethings who must endure all sorts of physical ailments to pull off one of the greatest con-jobs in history. The police thought it was a bunch of super thieves. In reality, it was a group of bored pensioners consulting how-to books to plan their heist.
King of Thieves arrives in the UK on Digital on January 14 and on DVD/Blu-ray from January 21.