Michael Crichton

“The Great Train Robbery” (1979), Novel, Screenplay, Director Victorian crooks Donald Sutherland and Sean Connery plot to steal 250 pounds of gold bullion from a moving train in 1854 England. Crichton insisted that Connery do all his own stunts, including darting atop a train going 50 mph. “It was quite hazardous at times,” Crichton told this newspaper in 1978. “Sometimes there wasn’t more than 2 1/2 feet clearance between the top of the carriages and the tunnels we went through. He did slip on one occasion -- and we caught that on film. Another problem was the burning cinders which kept flying back from the engine. On one occasion my hair actually caught fire.”
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