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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John McVicar
... Walter Probyn
... Sheila McVicar
... Joey Davis
... Kate
... Ronnie Harrison
... Terry Stokes
Peter Jonfield ... Bobby Harris
... Streaky Jeffries
Leonard Gregory ... Jimmy Collins
Joe Turner ... Panda
Jeremy Blake ... Ronnie Johnson
Anthony Trent ... Tate
Terence Stuart ... Sid
... 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 quote at the end of the film's epilogue read: "Being a thief is a terrific life. But the trouble is they put you in jail for it" - John McVicar B.Sc. See more »

Goofs

With the exception of the prison convoy, all vehicles in the opening sequence have Irish (Eire) number plates, rather than British. See more »

Quotes

[Terry is joking to the other prisoners about the Durham Light Infantry]
Terry Stokes: They found a whole barrack load of them stuck up each other... Sunk to the nuts, they were. They're gonna rename them - the Durham Bumpers. Ah, they do love an arsehole, these Geordies!
[laughter]
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Alan Meets Roger Daltrey (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

"Free Me'
Written by Russ Ballard
Performed by Roger Daltrey
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Top Ten British Movie
20 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

First rate prison thriller with exceptionally good lead performances by Daltrey and Adam Faith (charming).

Great use of music, get the soundtrack if you are a Who fan

Often not spoken about as one of the best British movies made when it should be.


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