The Siege Of Sidney Street

  • 1960
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Historical

A gang of Russian anarchists is holed up in London in 1911. They are headed by Wyngarde, a silent but utterly ruthless man who has the gang commit robbery and murder to finance its political activities. Berger is an orphaned young Russian girl, alone in the city. She sings at a club and meets Wyngarde there one night. Though attracted to him, she finds...read more

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A gang of Russian anarchists is holed up in London in 1911. They are headed by Wyngarde, a silent but utterly ruthless man who has the gang commit robbery and murder to finance its political activities. Berger is an orphaned young Russian girl, alone in the city. She sings at a club and

meets Wyngarde there one night. Though attracted to him, she finds his murderous activities repugnant. Wyngarde justifies his gang's actions by claiming the group is fighting political oppression. Sinden is the police inspector after the gang. He goes underground and comes to understand Berger and

why she is so drawn to the anarchist cause. The gang's savage acts continue and, on Jan. 3, 1911, the police surround its hideout on Sidney Street and stage a raid. Though based on true events, this is a heavily fictionalized story. The story is laid out matter-of-factly, making it too pedestrian

and not very interesting. The politics are watered down heavily, making the anarchists resemble simple thieves. The acting isn't bad, however, and the final sequence makes up for the rather straightforward handling of the rest of the film.

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