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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
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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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August 1980 (UK)  »

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En fånge har rymt  »

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Trivia

Roger Daltrey's hair was shortened, straightened, close-cropped and darkened for his role as McVicar. Daltrey's trademark long-flowing golden locks were dyed to a dark chestnut brown for the movie. See more »

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When McVicar escapes, he is running up the street and you can see the shadow of the camera crew running behind him. 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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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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Waiting for a Friend
Written by Billy Nicholls
Performed by Roger Daltrey
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Parable with rock soundtrack
2 July 2004 | by (Lima, Peru) – See all my reviews

McVicar is the kind of movie that founds in criminal lifestyle a way to communicate its moral intend. The plot is quite typical because the intention is to show that, no matter how exciting or bizarre been an outlaw is, the criminal never succeeds. Based on a true story, the most interesting parts of the movie are the escape of McVicar from High Security Prison while a rock piece sounds on the back, and the assault of the bank, brief but consistent. The soundtrack is good, with a certain Who sound in big part of it and Daltrey's performance is really surprising, considering that he doesn't overact at all. But the whole movie doesn't look like a superb production, it's pretty much the same in this type of movie: a crime life that traps the leading character till the end, waiting always for a possible redemption that-at least not in this case-never comes. Although the movie is not boring either, is a well told story, nothing less, nothing more.


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