Starring Michael Crawford and Oliver Reed
Directed by Micahel Winner
Michael Crawford and Oliver Reed play two brothers, Michael and David Tremayne. Michael is in the army, whilst David seems to do nothing but womanising his way around the aforementioned Swinging London, dining in fine restaurants, hanging out in nightclubs, and attending parties. When David plays a prank on Michael which sabotages a training exercise on Salisbury Plain, Michael is drummed out of his regiment. On his return to London, David suggests that they make "a grand gesture". After scouting London for suitable targets, they hit upon the idea of stealing the Crown Jewels from the White Tower, but later returning them to the authorities. The point is not for the robbery to be about profit, but to shock "the establishment" and show up how lax the security is. They phone in a bogus bomb threat and gain entry to the tower posing as army bomb disposal officers, before staging an explosion and escaping in an ambulance.
The robbery itself occurs relatively early on in the film; the fun part is what happens when the time comes to hand the jewels over. Double-crossing occurs and the Police desperately try to catch their suspect. Crucially, at this stage the film keeps its audience guessing, and the outcome is genuinely unexpected (although I have to admit, the final moments are a little silly). Crawford is charming and funny - although this is no "Condorman"! - whilst Reed is charismatic, if a little gruff. They are ably supported by, amongst others, Harry Andrews, Michael Horden, Brian Wilde, Warren Mitchell, and Edward Fox.
There's a distinct sense of time and place about "The Jokers". It's (what I believe is known as) an enjoyable romp. For a caper movie it's original and memorable. If you should happen upon it, it's well worth a watch.