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McVicar (1980)

R  |   |  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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John McVicar
Adam Faith ...
Walter Probyn
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Sheila McVicar
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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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En fånge har rymt  »

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In real life, John McVicar was wanted dead or alive by Scotland Yard and was labeled by them as "Public Enemy No. 1". See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film a caption says that McVicar was arrested in 1970. This means that the action in the film took place in the late 1960s before his arrest. However throughout the film, in the street scenes, there are cars from a later date. This is most notable in a scene where the E-type Jag turns right, behind what appears to be a Mark IV Cortina - a late 1970s model. See more »

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[Prisoner Cody is brought from the secure wing for dinner]
Terry Stokes: Sex case! Sex case! Hang him, hang him, hang him!
Prisoners: [joining in from their cells] Sex case! Sex case! Hang him, hang him, hang him!
Prisoners: [louder] Sex case! Sex case! Hang him, hang him, hang him!
Prisoners: [louder still] Sex case! Sex case! Hang him, hang him, hang him, hang him, hang him, hang him!
Prisoners: [shouting] Hang him, hang him, hang him, hang him, hang him, hang him!
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My Time Is Gonna Come
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Freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee me!
23 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Can't you hear that's what I say.

John McVicar is a tough uncompromising armed robber, after being sent to a maximum security prison for 23 years he dreams of escaping every day. As his reputation grows and friendships are formed, it would appear that his friend Wally Probyn may have figured a way out of this tough rigid prison.

In 1979 America had The Warriors and The Wanderers, at pretty much the same time us British had Quadrophenia and McVicar to hold dear to our hearts, both films produced out of The Who Films Ltd, both films eminently quotable to a certain age group that were of the teenage persuasion. I love McVicar, I really do, based on the true life story of McVicar, well from his own accounts written in his book, "McVicar by Himself", the film boasts a Who soundtrack and a script that positively sparkles with wit and anger speak. Yes the charges of the film making hardened criminals seem likable characters is a fair one, but not only does the film show the disgust {and rightly outright hatred} for sex offenders, it also showcases just what a hard job the prison officers have, this is something that many of the user comment writers here have failed to acknowledge.

Roger Daltrey takes on the role of McVicar and dons a career best, gruff, perfectly in shape and a wide boy arrogance that comes off as gold dust in this particular piece. Backing him up is wonderful turns from Brian Hall {comic gold}, Steven Berkoff {clearly enjoying himself}, Matthew Scurfield {frighteningly unnerving} and Peter Jonfield. Once the escape happens the film switches in tone as McVicar tries to make some sense of his life, it's an emotional switch that tones the film down but never the less takes us successfully to the highly accomplished finale. We are then left with a wonderful quote from John McVicar himself and we are told just what this tough as nails armed robber actually did with himself from that point on.

Perhaps it's because I was a teenager when the film came out, that I love it so much? Or maybe the script just appeals to me on a very primal level? Either way I'm always going to be a fan of it, and McVicar remains to me, along with Quadrophenia and Scum, British standards to revisit every single year.

I don't care how late it is I'm not going home 8/10


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