Villain

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Ganglands London Film Festival


Murderous, sadistic London gang leader Vic Dakin, a mother-obsessed homosexual modelled 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?


Part of the Gangland London Film Festival


BBFC rating
18
Year
1971
Running time
96 mins
Country
UK
Format
35mm
Director
Michael Tuchner
Cast
Richard Burton, Ian MacShane, Nigel Davenport

Book tickets

October 14th