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Villain (1971)

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Murderous, sadistic London gang leader Vic Dakin, a mother-obsessed homosexual modeled on real-life gangster Ronnie Kray, is worried about potential stool pigeons that may bring down his ... See full summary »

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Vic Dakin
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Bob Matthews
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Gerald Draycott
Fiona Lewis ...
Venetia
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Frank Fletcher
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Edgar Lowis
Cathleen Nesbitt ...
Mrs. Dakin
Elizabeth Knight ...
Patti
Colin Welland ...
Tom Binney
Tony Selby ...
Duncan
John Hallam ...
Terry
Del Henney ...
Webb
Ben Howard ...
Henry
James Cossins ...
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Murderous, sadistic London gang leader Vic Dakin, a mother-obsessed homosexual modeled on real-life gangster Ronnie Kray, is worried about potential stool pigeons that may bring down his criminal empire. The brutal Vic cuts the throat of one bloke who has been a little too loose-lipped, afraid that his gossiping may turn into a grand operatic performance for the coppers. Vic, who enjoys playing at rough trade with his sidekick Wolfe, plans a payroll robbery and directs the blackmailing of Members of Parliament with a taste for unorthodox sex. Scotland Yard Police Inspector Matthews, playing Javert to Vic's Jean Valjean, is moving in on him and the gang. Gang-member Edgar is hospitalized for an ulcer, and Inspector Matthews might be able to make him sing. Will Edgar spill the beans to the coppers before Vic can silence him? Written by Jon C. Hopwood

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Meet Vic Dakin. Then wish you hadn't. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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7 October 1971 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Die alles zur Sau machen  »

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In the original 1968 novel "The Burden Of Proof" by James Barlow (the inspiration for this film), a prosecuting barrister asks one of the female witnesses in court if she "likes the actor Richard Burton". Burton went on to play the lead role of Vic Dakin in the movie. See more »

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The is a clear overdub in the scene where Wolf and Veneita arrive at the country house for the party. As they are walking up the drive they both survey the front of the mansion. Wolf describes the the house as, "fit for a king". Ventia responds, "I bet the bathrooms are freezing". But if you watch her mouth movements closely she is actually completes Wolf's sentence with phrase , "or Queen" . See more »

Quotes

Gerald Draycott: Vivian tells me you're not staying, Wolfe.
Venetia: What do you mean, you're not staying?
Wolfe Lissner: Got to get back into town, love. I've got things to do. Listen, I'll take your car, OK. I'm sure someone will give you a lift back in the morning.
Gerald Draycott: Yes, I'm going back myself.
Wolfe Lissner: Got things to do, pet.
Venetia: You are a sod, Wolfe!
Wolfe Lissner: What can I do?
Gerald Draycott: What a shame. Still, I hope you'll enter into the spirit of things, Venetia.
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Realistic well acted overlooked crime film
28 March 2005 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

Based probably on the real life villains, THE KRAYS, who at the time were still at large. Richard Burton wanted to do the role both because it was as far from anything else he'd done and because he played a gay small time criminal. Though gay is the last word you'd use to describe his character in the film. It's tough realistic crime film, in the same league as, though of course not the commercial success that the later film THE LONG GOOD Friday would be.

Burton is excellent, totally realistic, frightened and frightening. The on location filming is well done the supporting cast also on target. It is not an amped up gangster film, though there is plenty of violence and a smattering of nudity it all serves to convince you of the real world of crime in the London of 1970. It was shot in 2:35 so full frame videotapes, the only way to see it, crop the image, but though you're missing something it's worth seeing anyway you can. It has the sparse use of music and realistic tough language that made all 70's cinema real and fresh at the time, though it ages very well.

One of Burton's best performances, award caliber stuff, but too strong for critics of the day as a film. For Burton fans it's a must see as it is for Film Noir buffs. Seek it out.


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