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(1971)

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A sex scene between Richard Burton and Ian McShane was cut from the original theatrical release.
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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.
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The critical and financial failure of this film ended Richard Burton's viability as a box office star.
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The character of Vic Dakin was based on Ronnie Kray.
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The film was inspired by White Heat (1949).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The archway under the railway viaduct where Vic Dakin shot Edgar Lowis was the exact same one where some of the song and dance scenes took place in S.W.A.L.K. (1971).
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Changing his clothes and hair-style, Joss Ackland burst into producer Alan Ladd Jr.'s London office, hauled him out of his chair and made things quite plain as befitting an East End gangster. "If you don't give me this bleedin' part, I'll break your bloody neck."
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Producer Elliott Kastner and Richard Burton originally planned to re-team with their " Where Eagles Dare " director, Brian G Hutton.
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