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Mcvicar [DVD]

Roger Daltrey , Adam Faith , Tom Clegg    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roger Daltrey, Adam Faith, Cheryl Campbell, Georgina Hale, Steven Berkoff
  • Directors: Tom Clegg
  • Producers: Roger Daltrey, Bill Curbishley, Roy Baird
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 15 May 2006
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F3AHRS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,452 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Roger Daltrey stars as John McVicar in this true story of life behind bars. Charged and found guilty of committing armed robbery, McVicar is sentenced to eight years in a maximum security prison, but he refuses to take his punishment lying down and begins planning a daring escape. McVicar himself wrote the book on which the film is based as well as collaborating on its screenplay with director Tom Clegg. The music is by rock visionary Jeff Wayne ('War of the Worlds').


A well-made drama based on the life of the professional British criminal John McVicar, and based on his autobiography. Starring Roger Daltrey as the eponymous anti-hero, McVicar realistically depicts many of the often shocking and brutal aspects of prison life, and his eventual rehabilitation. Porridge this ain't.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You Geordie Slag rabies" 24 July 2009
I wonder what Guy Ritchie would give to be able to make a prison/gangster flic like this. I bought this on VHS more years ago than I care to remember and I still have the soundtrack album on vinyl somewhere. The excellent British cast including Adam Faith and Tony Haygarth as the despicable "screw" "Rabies" are all excellent. Terry the chef from Fawlty Towers is also in the mix as one of the Lags doing time with McVicar and co. For those unfamiliar with the story John McVicar was an armed robber sentenced to a lot of years and took it upon himself to challenge the brutish and largely oafish prison staff to a battle of wills before escaping. Aside from being exciting and making you want McVicar to get away there are many scenes that are really funny. Having watched this film many times it still bothers me that in the opening shots you clearly see a 1977 R reg Ford Cortina being driven in London. This model came out roughly seven years after the film was set. My only gripe. Perhaps I need to get out more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee me! 23 Aug 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Can't you hear that's what I say.

John McVicar is a tough uncompromising armed robber, after being sent to a maximum security prison for 23 years he dreams of escaping every day. As his reputation grows and friendships are formed, it would appear that his friend Wally Probyn may have figured a way out of this tough rigid prison.

In 1979 America had The Warriors and The Wanderers, at pretty much the same time us British had Quadrophenia and McVicar to hold dear to our hearts, both films produced out of The Who Films Ltd, both films eminently quotable to a certain age group that were of the teenage persuasion. I love McVicar, I really do, based on the true life story of McVicar, well from his own accounts written in his book, "McVicar by Himself", the film boasts a Who soundtrack and a script that positively sparkles with wit and anger speak. Yes the charges of the film making hardened criminals seem likable characters is a fair one, but not only does the film show the disgust {and rightly outright hatred} for sex offenders, it also showcases just what a hard job the prison officers have, this is something that many of the user comment writers here have failed to acknowledge.

Roger Daltrey takes on the role of McVicar and dons a career best, gruff, perfectly in shape and a wide boy arrogance that comes off as gold dust in this particular piece. Backing him up is wonderful turns from Brian Hall {comic gold}, Steven Berkoff {clearly enjoying himself}, Matthew Scurfield {frighteningly unnerving} and Peter Jonfield. Once the escape happens the film switches in tone as McVicar tries to make some sense of his life, it's an emotional switch that tones the film down but never the less takes us successfully to the highly accomplished finale.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top crime 'Brit Flick' 12 July 2005
Anyone who loves British films will love this.
A fantastic film that is at times violent, sentimental and hilariously funny with some great diologue that you will find yourself quoting again and again, (or is it just me?)
The cast is full of characters from the Geordie screws to the London Gangsters who are banged up in Durham Prison.
Roger Daltrey is great in the title role and the soundtrack is full of some seriously good rock songs that really relate to the story. This film for some reason is not as well known as Scum and Quadrophenia but is up there with both as a classic movie of this era.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS FILM!!! 24 Oct 2003
Format:VHS Tape
He is sentenced to 23 years but won't accept a day of it
and as a consequence society has deserved a well earned break from his activities.
A hidden gem of a film in which Daltrey and Faith combine to produce a great double act. The film opens with the powerful soundtrack of 'Free Me' as McVicar is driven over the moors in a Ford Cortina on his way to his new prison home.
Full of great lines such as 'We don't want you Macaroning you pants again do we?', 'Would you like eggs with that that John?' and 'I want my f***in' trainers!'.
We are introduced to a brutal and harsh prison world and the people who inhabit it. Jeffrey's and his Uncle Ronnie, Collins, and of course John and Wally.
So buy this film now, make yourself a nice pot of Rosie and you'll not be going home because you'll be having a wonderful time.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Forget your 'Lock Stock' this is what a British film full of Londoners should be like, even if it is set in Durham ! Violence, quality swearing, great one liners and above all a gripping storyline.Roger Daltry steals the show, with strong support from Adam Faith, if you haven't seen it DO SO NOW !!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars by himself 20 May 2008
By bubba74
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Mcvicar was a grammar schooled lad who went astray and ended up doing some of the most vicious bank jobs in the time of the "supercrooks" the krays, richardsons, the great train robbers et-ol john mcvicar wrote the script for this exellent film himself and his book (by himself) also spawned the idea of the shawshank redemption for stephen king. this film is a great look at to how mcvicar was locked up in durham goal in the sixties, he wouldn't accept been locked away so planned his escape with the help of wally (adam faith) along with some quality acting (berkoff) and (faith) roger daltrey really captures the part of the no-nonsense john mcvicar right from the start with the now legendry line "alright who's got my trainers" then the "i aint going anywhere till i get me fackin trainers" truly gripping in all and even had caracters loosly based on ian brady (cody) "sex case sex case hang him hang him hang him" . after mcvicar made his escape he went back to his armed robbery as a means to an end but the law was onto him and in the ens one of his closest pals turned "grass" and gave him in where he went back to prison and wrote his book which is also exellent i would advise you to buy the book and the dvd as it is a facinating read
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars prison time
I did not like this film very much the storyline was not very good
in this prison it was not to my liking very much
Published 13 days ago by roy
5.0 out of 5 stars old classic!
based on true story! worth a watch! i did find this movie funny in some places, the humour and the old cars and the clothes.
Published 1 month ago by Miss Karen Z. Blann
4.0 out of 5 stars More tea McVicar?
John McVicar whiles away his days getting up to no good, he robs banks, amongst other things, and is sent to prison for his crimes. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Arch Stanton
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
Embarassing movie - dire wooden acting - so bad it's as if someone chucked a chair on the set.

And Roger Daltry? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rocke Harder
5.0 out of 5 stars worth watching
roger daltrey great actor ,singer true storey about a different lifestyle in a different era. I lived there so film suits me.
Published 7 months ago by peter curle
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic and a must have.
It's a classic and a must have.
One of those films a lot of the 'older' generation probably have and enjoy.
Published 8 months ago by Penelope
5.0 out of 5 stars Mcvicar
Its a great classic film u can never get board of it and there is some good tunes as well
Published 8 months ago by Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Love this film and Daltrey plays the role convincingly, anyone who likes a film with a bad boy reputation will enjoy this british film.
Published 8 months ago by jb007
5.0 out of 5 stars More British quality film making
If you've read my other reviews you'll know that I'm a fan of true stories. Roger Daltrey is brilliant in the title role and is backed up by very good supporting actors. Read more
Published 11 months ago by QM1
5.0 out of 5 stars old school
Just as good as I remember when I first watched it all those years ago lol. Roger Daltrey is brilliant.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs Beverley S Hinks
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