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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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John McVicar
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Walter Probyn
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Sheila McVicar
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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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Trivia

The third and final film of The Who member 'Roger Daltrey's big 1970s period where he had major lead starring roles in movies. The other pictures were Tommy (1975) and Lisztomania (1975). 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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Comment in opening titles: "The prison escape shown in this film is based on true fact. Certain other events and characters have been fictionalised". See more »

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Features Maytime in Mayfair (1949) See more »

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White City Lights
Written by Billy Nicholls & Jon Lind
Performed by Roger Daltrey
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Decent, watchable - but one major problem.
22 October 2006 | by (Edinburgh, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

OK. Decent enough film. 'Rock star tries his hand at acting' is so often a recipe for disaster, but Roger Daltrey is convincing here. And he has good support from the rest of the cast and the director. It is a low budget effort, and as such deserves credit for ending up as a very watchable piece of cinema.

I have one major problem with it though. And that is the way most of the convicts are seen as basically decent salt-of-the-earth blokes, while all figures of authority are seen as the harsh, unsympathetic enemy. This is especially so in the first half of the film, when we are expected to sympathise automatically with the prisoners (most of whom are seen as extremely likable chirpy cockneys doing their best against the unfair adversity of being in the nick) against the guards (all very unsympathetically played as tyrants or halfwits).

I'm not a strict moralist. And I don't believe that all people in prison are monsters. But if you watch the film you will see what I mean. There is a subtle balance required in presenting the human side of an armed robber, or even a petty thief, in a film. It can be done, and done well. But here all we get is a lazy 'it's us lovable villains versus them lot' mentality. And what is annoying is that this is 'beneath' the makers of the film. I think they were talented enough to be able to write and play more rounded characters and get a similar message across in a more authentic way.

Anyway: that's my main problem with McVicar. Watch it and see if you agree. It is not a bad film - I've given it a 6, which seems to accord with the IMDb opinion. If anything, it is worth seeing for the curiosity value of Daltrey's decent performance.


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