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Michael Tuchner (1971)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Made the same year as Get Carter with Michael Caine, Villain stars Richard Burton as vicious East End gangster Vic Dakin, who rules by fear and the cut-throat razor. Clearly inspired, if that's the word, by the career of the Kray twins, the picture is one of unrelieved ugliness, from the run-down locations to the run-down bulk of Burton himself: overweight, shabby, self-loathing. Adored by his mother, he's a homosexual with a toy-boy lover, a Labour voter who worries about OAPs. Wavering uneasily between horror, black comedy and sentimentality, it's held together by Burton's performance, a brave attempt to escape the straitjacket of being the world's highest-paid movie star.


Violent crime drama about the rise to power of an East End gang boss whose struggle to deal with his mother fixation turns him into a sadistic but basically cowardly thug. Starring Richard Burton, Ian McShane, Nigel Davenport, Joss Ackland and Donald Sinden.

Cast & Crew

Actor Richard Burton
Actor Ian McShane
Actor Nigel Davenport
Actor Joss Ackland
Director Michael Tuchner

Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Winkast Prods Ltd Guidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video


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