THE COM­PE­TI­TION (1980) 7TWO, 2PM, PG, DRAMA

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An age­ing pi­anist makes a fi­nal grab for in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion, by en­ter­ing a pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion. Amy Irv­ing, Lee Remick. ★★✩ Mini Coop­ers, and the Ocean’s tril­ogy (2001-2007) with less class. And there’s noth­ing wrong with that. Based on the true story of a mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar bank rob­bery in Lon­don in 1971, mur­der, cor­rup­tion and a sex scan­dal with links to the royal fam­ily. If it wasn’t such a thrilling ac­tion-crime film, it could have made a great doc­u­men­tary. Ac­tion hero Ja­son Statham is con­vinc­ing as petty-crim­i­nal­gone-straight Terry Leather, and Saf­fron Bur­rows, as ex-girl­friend Mar­tine Love, and Peter de Jersey, as black mil­i­tant Michael X, are su­perb. ★★★✩

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