Watch Now: LOOPHOLE
In 1981, the British heist drama Loophole saw the light of day, becoming a film that would mark actor Albert Finney’s comeback to the world of cinema, after a hiatus during which he went back to stage acting. In John Quested’s film, Finney plays Mike Daniels, a criminal whose objective is to rob a bank’s safe deposit boxes. He manages to find a loophole that would enable him to do exactly that but for his plan to work, Daniels needs the help of an architect. This is where Stephen Booker comes in, played by Martin Sheen, who had starred in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now just two years prior. Booker is unemployed and seriously in need of money, which is why he is more than thrilled to accept the job offer.
When he is confronted with the illegal nature of his new project, his excitement lessens considerably, but the dire need for cash makes it hard for him to walk away. With a screenplay written by Jonathan Hales and based on Robert Pollock’s novel Loophole: Or How to Rob a Bank, Quested’s adaptation is a suspenseful caper movie with a fantastic cast and an impressive build-up that culminates in London’s sewers.