- Director:Jake Scott
- Writer:Selwyn Roberts,Robert Wade
- Cast:Robert Carlyle,Jonny Lee Miller,Iain Robertson
- Time:1h 39min
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Jonny Lee Miller||-||Macleane|
|Iain Robertson||-||Highwayman Rob|
|Christian Camargo||-||Lord Pelham|
|Karel Polisenský||-||Newgate Priest|
|Matt Lucas||-||Sir Oswald|
|David Walliams||-||Viscount Bilston|
|David Foxxe||-||Lord Ketch|
|Jake Gavin||-||Newgate Gent|
James Macleane (1711-1750) was the son of Scottish parson, and became known as 'Gentleman Highwayman' in partnership with his good friend Plunkett (also a Scotsman). Plunkett really was an apothecary, although it was Macleane's wife who had died. Macleane was an inveterate dandy, and this caused to make the fatal mistake of wearing a set of stolen waistcoats into the shop of the tailor who made them, leading to his arrest and subsequent hanging in November 1750.
Karel Augusta (Hangman) died during production.
The two aristocrats introduced to Plunkett and Macleane by Rochester are called Dixon and Winterburn. These are the names of two players - Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn - for the English football team Arsenal during the late 1980's / early 1990's and part of Arsenal's famous "back four."
The French title for this film is "Guns 1748".
Craig Armstrong's music for the hanging/escape scene was widely popular in trailers in 1999/2000. It was heard in trailers for such films as Romeo Must Die, The Patriot, and Quills.
Liv Tyler shot this film concurrently with Armageddon (1998) so would frequently fly from her location in the Czech Republic to Los Angeles for stretches at a time.
Comedy duo Matt Lucas and David Walliams make cameos as Sir Oswald and Viscount Bilston.
Robert Carlyle and Johnny Lee Miller have worked together before. They both starred in the 1996 cult classic "Trainspotting".
Anachronisms abound in this heavily-fictionalized account of two real life villains of the mid-18th century; Plunkett appears to have invented a cure for syphilis well over a hundred years before such a discovery was made, and also to be using a repeating rifle during the climax.
Chance eye gouging Highwayman Rob is a nod to "Blade Runner", which Roy Batty does the same thing to Dr.Eldon Tyrell. Jake Scott is the son of director Ridley Scott whom directed "Blade Runner".