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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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Patti
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Terry
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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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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 »

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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Unfairly underrated, this is a great little gangster film. Worth a look.
19 May 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This film may not be a classic but it is one of my favourite films of the early 1970s and is worth watching if only for the great cast. Richard Burton's portrayal as a vicious, homosexual mother-fixated, career-criminal psychopath is superb (the Kray twins had only recently been sentenced and comparisons can be drawn). It would have been easy to portray Vic Dakin-great villain name- as an American-style, one dimensional cardboard villain. Instead it is a study of intelligent evil. His character carries an air of menace made all the more frightening by his eloquence and intellect. The film has a good British cast (watch out for a scene-stealing Nigel Davenport as the police officer in charge), gritty 1970s locations and all the usual formula: the planning and execution of a robbery, torture scene, blackmail and even a hospital kidnap! What more could you ask from an old potboiler gangster film? Go on, watch the

film and make up your own mind. A strong British film and a must for fans of Richard Burton.


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