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Villain

UK, English, 98 mins

  • Director: Michael Tuchner
  • Writer: Dick Clement; Ian La Frenais
  • Producer: Jay Kanter; Elliott Kastner

CGiii Comment

Modeled on real-life gangster Ronnie Kray...Burton shows his worth.

This is groundbreaking stuff - a film released in the early 70s that doesn't shy away from homosexuality....by simply making it flippant and camp.

This is a cruel, sadistic treatment - unlike anything else seen before.

No more the sissy - gripping.


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The(ir) Blurb...

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?

Cast & Characters

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

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