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Villain (1971)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  7 October 1971 (Norway)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Vic Dakin
Bob Matthews
Gerald Draycott
Fiona Lewis ...
Frank Fletcher
Edgar Lowis
Cathleen Nesbitt ...
Mrs. Dakin
Elizabeth Knight ...
Colin Welland ...
Tom Binney
Tony Selby ...
John Hallam ...
Del Henney ...
Ben Howard ...
James Cossins ...


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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The pub scenes were filmed in The Assembly House pub in Kentish Town. In between takes Elizabeth Taylor was known to pull pints for the cast and crew. See more »


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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excellent slice of Brit grit
11 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

a classic Brit film of the early seventies,Villain remains a superbly made and well crafted example of pure villainy and layered characters making the best of the likes of Burton,McShane,Davenport and Acland. It opens with a gritty murder of some shady character who has crossed Richard Burton,who plays Vic Dakin,the central crook, who embarks on a wages snatch which goes horribly wrong,and ends with Dakins comeuppance at the hands of the law. With Jaguars and Zodiacs, seedy nightclubs and a dash of homosexuality,Villain makes at times uneasy watching and yet with Burton it remains compulsive. It has echoes of James Cagney and his 'Ma' in White Heat,as Vic Dakin and his Mother exercise a ring of steel midst crooks and cops. Watch it, enjoy it and savour the whole meal of man and mob.It is on video but still scarce to find, DVD is long overdue.

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