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4.0 out of 5 stars "You Geordie Slag rabies", 24 July 2009
This review is from: McVicar [DVD] [1980] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 3 Nov 2013 22:43:01 GMT
Re the Cortina - that would annoy me too!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2014 19:40:42 BDT
chipmonk says:
Mr. P. Fixter.. Me too! Like in Scorcese Goodfellas, a scene from 1970 Kennedy Airport, and a large (heavy) plane flying in the sky, a widebody 767 or Airbus twin rather than a four engined 707 or 747 which just entered service that year! Sadly, continuity..is just too costly for film makers to get 100% accurate! To pay someone to have a certain style/make and year of car in view just isn't always viable on low budget productions! World War 2 films like Operation Crossbow, or a few others that use the SAME "STOCK FOOTAGE" of Doodlebugs/ V1 missiles flying over London.. you can see (if you look very closely!) things like High Rise Council blocks in the distance, or TV aerials, when almost none would be seen back in 1943-45 !!! But we see these shots for barely 2-3 seconds.. so they think NOBODY would really notice or mind!!!! But it still 'niggles'!!!! I TRY not let it bother me too much!
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