The Great Robbery of Brazil’s Central Bank: Netflix UK release date of heist, trailer and how much was stolen?
The true crime miniseries explores one of the world’s biggest bank heists of all time
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On 6 August 2005, audacious criminals stole R$160 million (roughly £23.7 million) from Fortaleza’s central bank in Brazil.
The gang of thieves tunnelled into the bank’s vault and removed more than 3 tons of R$50 notes.
It remains one of the biggest bank heists in history, and to date only one eighth of the stolen cash has been recovered.
At one point the crime made the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s greatest bank robbery.
What followed was a cat and mouse game between police and robbers over five years as the authorities desperately sought to recover the money and bring the criminals to justice.
Only eight people were initially arrested out of 25 who were suspected to be involved.
A new Netflix original documentary miniseries looks at how the heist was carried out, the authorities’ response and attempts to catch the criminals, and the bloody aftermath for many involved in the scheme.
What is the UK release date for The Great Robbery of Brazil’s Central Bank?
The three episode miniseries was released in full on Netflix on 16 March.
The series is in Portuguese but has English subtitles and dubbing options.
Each episode is one hour long and covers a different time period. Episode one recounts the response of the authorities in Brazil as they realise the scale of the robbery that has taken place under their noses.
The second episode follows the hunt for the robbers across Brazil.
The final episode explores the corruption of some of the officers involved in the case and the spate of kidnappings of the original thieves.
Is there a The Great Robbery of Brazil’s Central Bank trailer?
Yes, a trailer has been released. You can watch it right here.
Who stars in The Great Robbery of Brazil’s Central Bank?
The docuseries relies on contemporary interviews and archive footage to piece together the events following the 2005 heist.
Criminal experts and members of the Brazilian authorities who were involved at the time of the robbery and during the response to it are interviewed about their reaction to the historic heist.
Why should I watch The Great Robbery of Brazil’s Central Bank?
The docuseries offers an excellent account of one of the boldest criminal enterprises in history, and shines a light on institutional corruption.
The Great Robbery will join the ranks of other tense true crime series such as Night Stalker and Murder Mountain.