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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 »

Director:

Tom Clegg

Writers:

John McVicar (screenplay), Tom Clegg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Daltrey ... John McVicar
Adam Faith ... Walter Probyn
Cheryl Campbell ... Sheila McVicar
Billy Murray ... Joey Davis
Georgina Hale ... Kate
Steven Berkoff ... Ronnie Harrison
Brian Hall ... Terry Stokes
Peter Jonfield Peter Jonfield ... Bobby Harris
Matthew Scurfield ... Streaky Jeffries
Leonard Gregory Leonard Gregory ... Jimmy Collins
Joe Turner Joe Turner ... Panda
Jeremy Blake Jeremy Blake ... Ronnie Johnson
Anthony Trent Anthony Trent ... Tate
Terence Stuart Terence Stuart ... Sid
Harry Fielder ... Harry Aitch
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Storyline

'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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

МакВикар See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Polytel,The Who Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John McVicar (Roger Daltrey)'s prisoner number was 515538. See more »

Goofs

When McVicar escapes, he is running up the street and you can see the shadow of the camera crew running behind him. 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

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

McVicar
Written by Billy Nicholls
Performed by Roger Daltrey
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Hard-as-nails prison drama
28 October 2011 | by Leofwine_dracaSee 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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