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The Great British Train Robbery: A Tale of Two Thieves review

Chris Long's doc revisits the mystery

More than 50 years on, The Great Train Robbery continues to inspire books, TV shows and films. Director Chris Long’s doc focuses on two of the criminals involved in the heist: the operation’s mastermind Gordon Goody, now eighty-something and living in Spain, and the hitherto unidentified ‘Ulsterman’, who provided inside info about Post Office procedures for transporting money, yet was never nabbed by the authorities.

Much of the visual material that fleshes out Goody’s version of events feels over-familiar; far more interesting are revelations about the church-going ‘Ulsterman’ and his charitable donations.

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