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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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Cast

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Vic Dakin
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Bob Matthews
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Gerald Draycott
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Venetia
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Frank Fletcher
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Edgar Lowis
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Mrs. Dakin
Elizabeth Knight ...
Patti
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Tom Binney
Tony Selby ...
Duncan
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Terry
Del Henney ...
Webb
Ben Howard ...
Henry
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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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19 September 1971 (UK)  »

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Burden of Proof  »

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

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[Vic has cut Benny's throat and left him dangling from a balcony. His blood starts to drip onto the pavement below and some falls on Vic as he leaves]
Vic Dakin: Bleeding pigeons.
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Underrated, violent London gangster film with almost comic overtones
27 June 1999 | by (Brighton, England) – See all my reviews

Perhaps a poor relation to "Get Carter," (they were made around the same time as each other), this is nonetheless an underrated, interesting gangster film. Richard Burton is strangely cast as the violent East End villain, Vic Dakin. You can see that his character is obviously based on Ronnie Kray, and Burton has difficulty pulling off a cockney accent. He is often seen fumbling through his lines. With lots of London location filming and cockney banter, Americans will love this film. There is even a brilliant car chase during the violent wages snatch. Donald Sinden is brilliant as the sleazy, blackmailed MP who frequents high society sex parties. In this respect, the film is very satirical, the characters are stereotypical of an era where scandal amongst the English establishment and local "businessmen" was (and still is) rife.


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