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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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By the time he's ready to kill you, it's an act of mercy. See more »

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7 October 1971 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Die alles zur Sau machen  »

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Trivia

Many critics in 1971 felt that Richard Burton was the wrong actor to play Cockney gangster Vic Dakin, and that his performance was over the top. 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 »

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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Violently Witty Gangster Classic
30 April 2000 | by (Dewsbury, England) – See all my reviews

Villain is a classic example of the English gangster genre which stretches from Brighton Rock, through Get Garter and the Long Good Friday, to Lock, Stock etc. Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have fashioned a kind of East-End version of White Heat with Burton in the mother-fixated Jimmy Cagney role.

Burton gives us his Ronnie Kray impersonation and clearly relishes the sly dialogue of the script. The support includes notable turns from Nigel Davenport, Donald Sinden, and an hilarious Joss Ackland as a would-be heavy with an upset tummy.

The action is well-handled and the settings convincingly grubby but it's the superb dialogue that repays repeated viewings.


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