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Villain [DVD]


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  • Actors: Richard Burton, Ian McShane, Nigel Davenport, Donald Sinden, Fiona Lewis
  • Directors: Michael Tuchner
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RWDY72
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,168 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Based on James Barlow's novel, 'Burden of Proof',; Cathleen Burnett plays the long suffering mother who attempts to keep her wayward and viscious son in line. Richard Burton plays the confused, angry young man who cannot get to grips with his homosexuality.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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102 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Bwana on 5 Nov 2007
Format: DVD
Never seen this film?? Then your really missing out.To immerse yourself in a Classic British movie is already a real pleasure to behold,but to see Richard Burton Starring as East London ganster Vic Dakin is just on another level.Richard Burton portrays criminals of that era with such conviction and realism,that you wonder where Burton begins and Dakin ends.The ruthless gangland boss is a complex character,switching in mood within a wink of an eye that even his "friend" Wolfey (played by Ian Mc Shane)does'nt know when his next right hander is coming.The story is good old fasioned 70s stuff,with a BLAGG being the theme if you like,but this is just a small part of the film that see's Dakin becoming more and more vicious and ruthless as the story unfolds.The core of the action scenes take place during the Blagging' and boy they don't dissapoint,with some violent scenes that were pretty rare on screen at that time.You are always entertained throughout the whole film with a strong cast allround.The backdrop is a delight-1970s London looking like you can only remember,with great old motors lining the streets and a look of london that is long gone.This film is a cert to own.If like me you enjoy British Cinema/TV Classics then look no further. They just could'nt make them like this anymore..(bloody shame)
A Five Star Classic that gets even better with every viewing...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James Mcewan on 26 Jan 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Richard Burton was pilloried for appearing in films like this toward the end of his career by the establishment luvvies of the time.
There is more than a passing reference to the lifestyle of London heavies of the sixties and indeed, Burton excels playing the psychopathic Vic Dakin.

This is a 5 star film for the rest of us.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Aug 2003
Format: VHS Tape
WHEN PEOPLE TALK OF GREAT BRITISH GANGSTER FILMS IT ALWAYS GET CARTER THIS AND LOCK STOCK THAT. WELL VILLAIN SHOULD BE SPOKEN ABOUT IN THE SAME BREATH. RELEASED THE SAME YEAR AS GET CARTER, ITS THE STORY OF VIC DEAKIN(A SUPERB RICHARD BURTON) AN EAST END GANGSTER WHO MASTERMINDS A WAGES SNATCH THAT GOES WRONG AND THE CONSEQUENCES THAT FOLLOW. I CANT EXPRESS HOW UNDERRATED THIS FILM IS. ITS NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD(WHY?!) AND A HARD FIND ON VIDEO! ITS ALOT MORE VIOLENT THAN THE PREVIOUSLEY MENTIONED FILMS AND ALOT MORE REALISTIC. SO IF YOU LOVE GANGSTER FILMS AND YOU HAVNT SEEN THIS ONE, CHECK IT OUT AS SOON AS YOU CAN!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Egbert Souse on 25 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
A gritty , no nonsense film . My favorite Richard Burton film . He plays Vic Dakin , a real nasty piece of work , who would slit you up as soon as look at you . A great supporting cast that includes Nigel Davenport , Ian McShane , and Joss Ackland . It almost makes you want to go out and buy a Jaguar and a sawn-off ! . Great stuff ! .
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 April 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This film was made in the same year as Get Carter, but has been largely ignored as a gangster classic. Richard Burton delivers a riveting performance as a character based largely on Reggie Kray. This film may not have an enthralling screenplay, but it has definite artistic merit, in the same creative vein as Blow-Up, Performance, The Long Good Friday, and all the fascinating film-making ideas of late-sixties, early-seventies London. Ofcourse, it is bound to disappoint today's audience, bred on mind-numbing idiocy such as Armageddon. However, if you enjoy great character study, superb camera-work, and edgy authenticity, if you can hold together the unconventional story, it is legend Burton.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Ray Cyrus on 10 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
Get Carter? This is a better movie. It is a well directed 1971 movie that is a classic example of the English gangster genre which stretches from Brighton Rock, through Get Garter and the Long Good Friday, to Lock, Stock etc. Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have fashioned a kind of East-End version of White Heat with Burton in the mother-fixated Jimmy Cagney role.

Burton gives us his Ronnie Kray impersonation and clearly relishes the sly dialogue of the script. The support includes notable turns from Nigel Davenport, Donald Sinden, and a hilarious Joss Ackland as a would-be gangster, with an upset tummy - ulcer.

The action is well-handled and the settings convincingly grubby but it's the superb dialogue that repays repeated viewings.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Duggan on 18 May 2010
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The tag line for the film was "meet Vic Dakin, now wish you hadn't". Burton plays homosexual, mother fixated, sadist Vic Dakin, protection king of the manor but looking to move up to a touch of armed robbery.

Although a generic plot by today's standards, this was hard hitting for its time, double billing, with "Get Carter" in the early 70's. The pithy dialogue with a script by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais no less is well worth catching.

Burton can be applauded at taking on such a role, a brave choice, considering some of his work in the 60's, such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Becket, and its one he just manages to pull off without verging too much in to gangster caricature.

The film opens with Dakin and crew viciously dishing out a beating to Benny the grass, then administering with glee a sharp lesson in "cutting out the chat" Dakin is more concerned with getting his shoes dirty than slicing up someone's face. He loves his old mum and happily drives her to Brighton for a day out after dealing with Benny. This man enjoys his work.

Dakin and crew are not the cheeky chappies of Lock Stock or Snatch these are vicious people and Dakin is a hands on thug. Rather than order the beating or disfigurement of other "punters", Dakin's phrase for all who are below him in the food chain, he is more than happy to show the way... razor, fist, knee or gun, all useful tools, he cuts and maims because he likes it.

It's his hands on approach and his smug attitude towards the law, just more "punters", which is his ultimate undoing. After a payroll robbery gets messy and much blood is spilt Dakin is still sure in his ability for political blackmail and a touch of kidnapping to secure the recovery of the payroll money.
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