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McVicar (1980)

R | | Crime, Drama | August 1980 (UK)
'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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Walter Probyn
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Sheila McVicar
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Joey Davis
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Kate
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Ronnie Harrison
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Peter Jonfield ...
Bobby Harris
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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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Both of the movie's top-billed cast were associated with contemporary music. Top first-billed Roger Daltrey was a rock singer from the band The Who whilst second-billed Adam Faith (Terence "Terry" Nelhams-Wright) was a 1960s era pop star. See more »

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At the end of the film it says that McVicar was arrested in 1970, this means that the action before is before his arrest,(obviously), but throughout the film in the street scenes there are cars from from a later date, most notable in a scene were the e-type jag turns right it is behind what appears to be a mark IV cortina,(late seventies model) See more »

Quotes

John McVicar: Make sure you're not involved, woncha? Cos I'll put a tool right in your belly!
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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 »

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

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Without Your Love
Written by Billy Nicholls
Performed by Roger Daltrey
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Roger Daltrey's most successful film role
16 July 2000 | by 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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