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Davey Haggart
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Annie
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Richardson
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MacNab
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Duke of Argyll
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Jean Carlisle
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Duchess of Argyll
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Penelope (as Fionnuala Flanagan)
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Sir James Campbell
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Captain Douglas
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Yorkshire Bill
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Boots Simpson (as Niall MacGinniss)
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Jock
Judith Furse ...
Mary
Francis De Wolff ...
Andrew (as Francis de Wolff)
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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 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 »


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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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7 May 1969 (USA)  »

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Bűnös Davey  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Producer Walter Mirisch complains that director John Huston's acted unprofessionally in the post-production period after the shooting of "Sinful Davey." The initial preview of Huston's cut of the film in New York was disastrous, and Huston refused to cut the film after attending another preview, informing Mirisch via his agent that "he liked it just the way it is." Huston's agent informed Mirisch that his client "didn't see any reason to be present at previews." United Artists, which financed the film, was upset over the previews and demanded a re-edit. Huston refused to re-cut the picture, and the re-editing process was overseen by Mirisch. "Sinful Davey" was a failure at the box office after it was released. In his 2008 memoir, "I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History," Walter Mirisch writes that, "John Huston, in his autobiography, said that he was aghast when he saw what I had done in the re-editing of his picture. Responding to preview criticism, I had tried to make it less draggy and more accessible to American audiences.... I saw John Huston again on a couple of occasions, many years after the release of "Sinful Davey," and he was very cold, as I was to him. I thought his behavior in abandoning the picture was unprofessional." The two, who had worked together on Huston's 1956 adaptation of Herman Melville's Moby Dick (1956), never collaborated again. See more »

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[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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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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