The King of Thieves

5.51 h 48 min2019X-RayR
Based on infamous true events, a famous thief, Brian Reader (Sir Michael Caine), pulls together a band of misfit criminals to plot the biggest bank heist in British history.
James Marsh
Michael CaineCharlie CoxMichael Gambon
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Supporting actors
Jim BroadbentRay Winstone
Tim BevanEric FellnerMichelle WrightAli JaafarAmelia Granger
R (Restricted)
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingsubstance useviolence
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3.5 out of 5 stars

354 global ratings

  1. 36% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 20% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 18% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 11% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 15% of reviews have 1 stars
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philo_vanceReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
I expected more.
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I'd watch anything with Michael Caine. Add in Tom Courtenay, Ray Winstone and the others, it seemed liked it couldn't miss. But it did.

It's an odd film, like it couldn't decide what it wanted to be. The first half is very much a light-hearted romp in which a bunch of senior citizen career crooks get together for a big heist--complete with Pink-Panther-like music. But then the second half turns dark as we see that their age does not neutralize their criminality and greed and suspicion undermine the frivolity.

I won't waste my time watching a video to the end if I don't like it but I watched this right through to the final credits. The performances make it worthwhile. But with its cast it should have been better.
39 people found this helpful
GatsbyReviewed in the United States on January 28, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Incredibly BORING
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A great cast, but a lousy movie. Weak script, uninteresting characters and the pace of a glacier.
49 people found this helpful
SteveReviewed in the United States on February 3, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don’t waste your money
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The trailer is the best part and misleading. All the humor is shown in the trailer. By the end of the movie, which was painfully boring to watch, we didn’t like any of the characters. It was terrible.
35 people found this helpful
GARYReviewed in the United States on February 8, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
If you need to sleep.
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A yawner. Not even Caine could save this one.
25 people found this helpful
J JohnsonReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Too slow even for old people (inside movie joke!)
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I gave this two stars just for the cast. Whoever wrote this needs to lay off the valium! Watching paint dry has a bit more action than this stinker. Lastly, I am really disappointed in Charlie Cox. I loved him in Daredevil series on Netflix, but he plays the same quirky character in this. It doesn't seem like the guy can act and simply plays himself in whatever role he is lucky enough to get which I'm guessing is going to be less and less.
11 people found this helpful
Bree MerriweatherReviewed in the United States on February 11, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
I expected better from Michael Caine
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really, bloody terrible.
21 people found this helpful
BixReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Lavender Hill Mob Sequel From an Alternate Universe
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This is a great movie masquerading as something incomprehensible to normal people.
To discriminating film aficionados, this is a great movie masquerading as something incomprehensible to normal people.
And "normal people"? —Forgedaboudit. The normal people have mysteriously vanished, along with the gold and better jewels.
The young people? —Yep, one of them is saddened to have no need to ever work again; —to have succeeded beyond his wildest dream. This successful young alarm specialist is crying because he now has the professional reputation he always wanted. However, 'tis a reputation he no longer needs nor can use. The best our young meek protagonist can do is shed melancholy tears because THE most respected, senior citizen professionals of his trade cannot act as professionals until they are caught like amateurs. —Collared like a 12 year old lifting bubble gum from the corner candy store!
And all along, stark, cold, rocks-in-frozen-Earth-REALITY, is slowly beginning to strangle your good time Lavender Hill Mob fun-for-all ciné flicker that is grinding, —drilling into the heart of our bloody senses.
Such are the worms that crawl in and out of your eye sockets thirty years after you are pushing up the daises.
The answer, my ultra-violence brothers?
Youth is wasted on the young and old age punishes us all.
This is the Möbius Strip of films. —So many sides that seem separate, yet ultimately are revealed as one.
Sometimes a good movie needs to have a few skins inside of skins to shed the light you do not expect nor want.

Gee, what a horrid why are you still thinking about it; —days and weeks later? Why? Stop thinking about a bad film, STOP! No it's a bad film, —really, I am telling the truth, honest!
Is my argument NOT convincing?
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John C. RuffReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Glacially slow pacing, unlikeable characters.
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This movie is backwards. Normally in a heist movie you root for the crooks and the movie shows them planning and executing the break in. Then, if the police catch them, the movie shows you the brilliant policework that goes into it. In this movie, they show you the heist, then spend an hour focusing on the thieves bickering interspersed with snippets of the police closing in with no dialogue. You could easily have fit this plot into a 44 minute TV episode.
The thieves were all portrayed as varying levels of incompetent and paranoid and completely moronic. The pacing is horrid, even if you like piss and fart jokes. The only reason this gets two stars is for some good acting. If you are a serious devotee of the great heist films of the past, this might be kinda cool to watch because it makes reference to some of them by using actors that played in them. Otherwise, this is just boring.
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