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Sinful Davey (1969)

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Crime  |  7 May 1969 (USA)
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Davey Haggart is quite certain of his paternity (even if nobody else is) and determined to emulate his father, a notorious rogue and highwayman. This includes breaking a man out of Stirling... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Davey Haggart
Duke of Argyll
Fidelma Murphy ...
Jean Carlisle
Maxine Audley ...
Duchess of Argyll
Penelope (as Fionnuala Flanagan)
Sir James Campbell
Allan Cuthbertson ...
Captain Douglas
Eddie Byrne ...
Yorkshire Bill
Niall MacGinnis ...
Boots Simpson (as Niall MacGinniss)
Noel Purcell ...
Judith Furse ...
Francis De Wolff ...
Andrew (as Francis de Wolff)


Davey Haggart is quite certain of his paternity (even if nobody else is) and determined to emulate his father, a notorious rogue and highwayman. This includes breaking a man out of Stirling jail, holding up the stagecoach, and robbing the Duke of Argyll, among other feats. Unfortunately, he is handicapped by the fact that his childhood playmate Annie is equally determined to track him down and save his soul... Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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The Seven Deadly Sins have never been so lively! Grave-robbing, Maid-snatching, Jail-breaking, Jewel-thieving, Smuggling, Piracy and Wife-stealing. (Leave it to Davey to invent No. 8!) See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »




Release Date:

7 May 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bűnös Davey  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Tony Tanner was a front runner for the John Hurt role. See more »


[first lines]
Davey Haggart: [narrating] When fame comes to a man at so early an age, it can only be deserved.
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Referenced in Irish Cinema: Ourselves Alone? (1995) See more »


Sinful Davey
Music by Ken Thorne
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Esther Ofarim
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Ordinary Decent Scotsman
17 July 2000 | by (Bruges, Belgium) – See all my reviews

SINFUL DAVEY is based on the true story of Scottish highwayman and thief Davey Haggart (played by a very young John Hurt), who wants to be just like his deceased (guess how he died) father.

It is a light-hearted movie that really is neither very spectacular nor special, but is very well-done. A nice movie to see on a rainy afternoon, to say it with a cliché. The film has good performances all around (especially Hurt and Franklin) and some funny bits. It is however nowhere near as funny as the recent ORDINARY DECENT CRIMINAL (also based on a true story).6/10

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