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McVicar (1980)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  August 1980 (UK)
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'John McVicar' was a London Bad Boy. he graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain's "Public Enemy No. 1". He was captured and put into a high security prison. Will even the highest ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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John McVicar
Adam Faith ...
Walter Probyn
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Sheila McVicar
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Joey Davis
Georgina Hale ...
Kate
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Ronnie Harrison
Brian Hall ...
Terry Stokes
Peter Jonfield ...
Bobby Harris
Matthew Scurfield ...
Streaky Jeffries
Leonard Gregory ...
Jimmy Collins
Joe Turner ...
Panda
Jeremy Blake ...
Ronnie Johnson
Anthony Trent ...
Tate
Terence Stuart ...
Sid
Harry Fielder ...
Harry Aitch
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'John McVicar' was a London Bad Boy. he graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain's "Public Enemy No. 1". He was captured and put into a high security prison. Will even the highest security prison be able to hold him ? This is the true story of his life, his criminal exploits and his eventual rehabilitation. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Sentenced to 23 years-and he won't accept one day of it

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Crime | Drama

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August 1980 (UK)  »

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En fånge har rymt  »

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Trivia

The film was made and released about six years after its source non-fiction book "McVicar by Himself" by John McVicar had been first published in 1974. McVicar co-wrote the film's screenplay. See more »

Goofs

When McVicar escapes, he is running up the street and he passes the same two-tone Bedford van twice. See more »

Quotes

[Terry is joking to the other prisoners about the Durham Light Infantry]
Terry Stokes: They found a whole barrack load of them stuck up each other... Sunk to the nuts, they were. They're gonna rename them - the Durham Bumpers. Ah, they do love an arsehole, these Geordies!
[laughter]
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Crazy Credits

Quote by John McVicar in the closing credits: "Being a thief is a terrific life. But the trouble is they put you in jail for it." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Alan Meets Roger Daltrey (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

"Free Me'
Written by Russ Ballard
Performed by Roger Daltrey
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Roger Daltrey's most successful film role
16 July 2000 | by (Worcester, England) – See all my reviews

A gripping portrayal of a seasoned villain's desire to escape from prison and start a new life. Roger Daltrey succeeds in making John McVicar appear to be a decent family man despite his hard-man antics. Adam Faith is excellent as Walter, McVicar's colleague in prison. Again, he is portrayed to be a cheeky Cockney geezer, immensely likeable.

From the outset, the prison guards are given no sympathy, they are brutal,unfair and dim-witted. Daltrey's vocals are used extensively to colour the film and the viewer is left in no doubt as to the director's sympathies. John McVicar is now a respected writer and broadcaster.


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