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Villain (1971)

In 1970s London, Scotland Yard orchestrates the downfall of mob boss Vic Dakin after he crosses the line by blackmailing Members of Parliament.

Director:

Michael Tuchner

Writers:

Dick Clement (screenplay), Ian La Frenais (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... Vic Dakin
Ian McShane ... Wolfe Lissner
Nigel Davenport ... Bob Matthews
Donald Sinden ... Gerald Draycott
Fiona Lewis ... Venetia
T.P. McKenna ... Frank Fletcher
Joss Ackland ... Edgar Lowis
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Mrs. Dakin
Elizabeth Knight ... Patti
Colin Welland ... Tom Binney
Tony Selby Tony Selby ... Duncan
John Hallam ... Terry
Del Henney Del Henney ... Webb
Ben Howard Ben Howard ... Henry
James Cossins ... Brown
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Storyline

Murderous, sadistic London gang leader Vic Dakin, a mother-obsessed homosexual modeled on real-life gangster Ronnie Kray, is worried about potential stool pigeons that may bring down his criminal empire. The brutal Vic cuts the throat of one bloke who has been a little too loose-lipped, afraid that his gossiping may turn into a grand operatic performance for the coppers. Vic, who enjoys playing at rough trade with his sidekick Wolfe, plans a payroll robbery and directs the blackmailing of Members of Parliament with a taste for unorthodox sex. Scotland Yard Police Inspector Matthews, playing Javert to Vic's Jean Valjean, is moving in on him and the gang. Gang-member Edgar is hospitalized for an ulcer, and Inspector Matthews might be able to make him sing. Will Edgar spill the beans to the coppers before Vic can silence him? Written by Jon C. Hopwood

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Burden of Proof See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Many critics in 1971 felt that Richard Burton was the wrong actor to play Cockney gangster Vic Dakin, and that his performance and accent were over the top. See more »

Goofs

A policeman knocked unconscious in a hospital holds his assailant by the waist as he is dragged to a nearby bed. See more »

Quotes

Vic Dakin: Fancy living here.
Webb: Nice and quiet.
Vic Dakin: Stupid punters. Telly all the week, screw the wife Saturday.
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Version of Sitting Target (1972) See more »

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Underrated, violent London gangster film with almost comic overtones
27 June 1999 | by foz-3See all my reviews

Perhaps a poor relation to "Get Carter," (they were made around the same time as each other), this is nonetheless an underrated, interesting gangster film. Richard Burton is strangely cast as the violent East End villain, Vic Dakin. You can see that his character is obviously based on Ronnie Kray, and Burton has difficulty pulling off a cockney accent. He is often seen fumbling through his lines. With lots of London location filming and cockney banter, Americans will love this film. There is even a brilliant car chase during the violent wages snatch. Donald Sinden is brilliant as the sleazy, blackmailed MP who frequents high society sex parties. In this respect, the film is very satirical, the characters are stereotypical of an era where scandal amongst the English establishment and local "businessmen" was (and still is) rife.


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