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.


A sadistic London gangster seeks to rid his organisation of traitors while plotting to blackmail members of parliament. Crime drama, with Richard Burton and Ian McShane.

Cast & Crew

Vic Dakin Richard Burton
Wolfe Lissner Ian McShane
Bob Matthews Nigel Davenport
Director Michael Tuchner

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Winkast Prods LtdGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video