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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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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Die alles zur Sau machen  »

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On 10 November 1970, on his 45th birthday, Richard Burton took a day off from filming to collect his CBE from Buckingham Palace, accompanied by his older sister Cicely and his wife Elizabeth Taylor. 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

[Vic's gang have kidnapped Edgar from hospital]
Vic Dakin: He doesn't seem glad to see us. I mean, there's no enthusiasm. We sprung you, didn't we? Aren't you glad to be out? I mean, where's your gratitude?
Edgar Lowis: I'm sick, Vic. They were going to operate.
Vic Dakin: *I'll* operate.
[Vic walks towards Edgar and opens his pyjama jacket]
Vic Dakin: If you don't tell me where that money is in ten seconds, I'll open you OUT!
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10 November 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Compared to the contemporary film of Get Carter, this is a very poor film. Even the usually witty pens of Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement (Porridge and The Likely Lads) could do little more than make this a better than an average episode of The Sweeney. Richard Burton does his best, but he is Welsh and his Cockney impersonation is only slightly better than Dick Van Dyke's in Mary Poppins. Worth seeing, but not worth seeing twice. Better Engish gangster films are The Long Good Friday (Bob Hoskin's acting is exceptionally good, particularly the last scene) and, perhaps The Krays (almost a documentary of these East End thugs).


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