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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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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In his 2008 memoir. "I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History," producer Walter Mirisch says that he vetoed John Huston's desire to use his daughter Anjelica Huston as his leading lady opposite John Hurt in "Sinful Davey," the story of a Scottish rakehell. Mirisch was worried that the inexperienced Huston, who had appeared in only one other film at the time, A Walk with Love and Death (1969), also directed by her father, would have to adopt a Scottish accent for the role. In addition, Mirisch felt that "...her appearance was rather more Italian than Scottish, and in stature she towered over John Hurt. John and I then had a serious falling out about casting Angelica." (For the record, Angelica is officially listed as 5'10" tall and Hurt at 5'9".) The producer and his director butted heads over Huston's insistence that his daughter play the female lead, but Huston finally capitulated, and Pamela Franklin was cast instead. (Angelica Huston appears in the finished film in an uncredited bit part.) The picture flopped, but Mirisch believed that the casting of the leading lady had nothing to do with it. 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 Who Do You Think You Are?: John Hurt (2007) See more »


Sinful Davey
Music by Ken Thorne
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Esther Ofarim
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Easy Enough but Not Enough Laughs
1 July 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Sinful Davey (1969)

** (out of 4)

Pleasant but ultimately disappointing comedy from Huston about a highwayman named Davey (John Hurt) who wants to be like his father even though his father got killed for his lifestyle. Davey goes on one adventure after another as he gets closer and closer to danger but thankfully the woman (Pamela Franklin) who loves him is constantly showing up to save him. Apparently this film had two different previews, both disasters yet Huston refused to edit the film so the producer had to do it for him. This, in return, set Huston off who pretty much disowned the version that was eventually released and seen here. I don't believe Huston's version has ever been released or seen since those two previews but one has to wonder if anything longer than what's here could have been taken by anyone. I should say, anyone but Huston because while watching this comedy I couldn't help but imagine Huston sitting in his chair, smoking a cigar and laughing his butt off at everything on the screen. The movie remains pleasant from start to finish because of Hurt's fine performance and the loving care that obviously went into making it but in the end there's just not enough laughs. The movie is technically impressive and I really did love the pacing and style that Huston made it. The movie has an old-fashioned look that perfectly suits the situations and the pacing is fast just like the main character. Hurt is obviously having a lot of fun in the film as he's perfectly fine as the dashing young man who won't stop until someone else stops him. Franklin isn't too bad either and we get Nigel Davenport and Ronald Fraser turning in fine work. Look quick for Huston's daughter Angelica. This film was based on a true story and I couldn't help but think the book probably had a lot of stuff that didn't make it into the movie but I also figured a lot of it might not have worked and just got cut out. Either way, this is an interesting piece from Huston but the lack of laughs pretty much kill it.

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