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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sadly, the real life John McVicar's son, Russell Grant McVicar, decided to follow in his father's footsteps before he was reformed. The younger McVicar was jailed for the 1998 robbery of a Picasso painting in London. He is still serving time. 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

John McVicar: Make sure you're not involved, woncha? Cos I'll put a tool right in your belly!
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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 Killer: Episode #1.2 (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

My Time Is Gonna Come
Written by Russ Ballard
Performed by Roger Daltrey
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I was ten when I first watched this film, and it remains one of my favorites
7 November 2001 | by ldeardenSee all my reviews

An absolute classic, with Daltrey portraying McVicar to a T. One of the best British gangster flicks, that will undoubtedly have taught Guy Ritchie a thing or two. Directed in such a way that the viewers sympathy lies unequivocally with the criminal, it relates a message without being pious. Very refreshing.


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