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

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Prison Officer Rabies Pendel: I suppose you think you got the better of us there. But just remember, kidder, you're in for ten years.
Terry Stokes: Yeah, that's right, Mr. Pendel. But you're in for life, ain't yer?
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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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Features Maytime in Mayfair (1949) See more »

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McVicar
Written by Billy Nicholls
Performed by Roger Daltrey
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Hard-as-nails prison drama
28 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of prison dramas and for some reason the ones made around this era seem to be the best in terms of quality: they're usually the most down-to-earth and realistic, and often hard-hitting with it. MCVICAR is a film with a lot of baggage attending – not only is it a true story, it stars one of Britain's biggest music stars, Roger Daltrey, in the titular role. Could it live up to expectations?

I think so. In essence, this is the British answer to Eastwood's ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ – a story of one man's journey to escape the mundane nature of prison life. Yes, there are the expected clichés and yes, the last act of the film is far less interesting and suspenseful than what's come before, but for the most part MCVICAR is a film that does the business. Director Tom Clegg, later a mainstay of television with the SHARPE movies, does an excellent job and I think this is the highlight of his resume. It's a taut, compelling and funny crime film.

Great cast, too: Daltrey is decent as McVicar, playing up the hard-man persona with plenty of guts; Adam Faith is solid as the good-guy prisoner with plans of freedom. I also enjoyed Billy Murray as McVicar's buddy on the outside, the brief cameo from an incredibly haggard-looking Ian Hendry, and Steven Berkoff as another inherently sinister type. Okay, it doesn't really offer anything you haven't seen before, but that doesn't stop MCVICAR from being a highly entertaining movie.


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