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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

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

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

Quotes

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

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My Time Is Gonna Come
Written by Russ Ballard
Performed by Roger Daltrey
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Superbad (bad meaning good that is)
16 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

This one ranks up there with "Get Carter" (1971) and "the Long Good Friday" (1980) as one of the greatest UK gangster flix of all time. Roger Daltry is excellent in the title role, kind of like an English Papillon, except he's not innocent! The soundtrack's average but it does contain one truly funky, synthesizer-heavy instrumental ("Escape (part one)") that helps the action flow along better. Plus Daltry wears quite possibly the coolest pair of on-screen Adidas since Bruce Lee's in "Game of Death" (1978) The only thing missing is Keith Moon as a maniac convict but you don't have to like the Who to dig this one. I mean as McVicar himself says, "Being a thief is a terrific life. But the trouble is they put you in jail for it." Nuff said.


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