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on 31 December 2013
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. Rather quickly he falls into the 'us and them' mentality prison life brings, and becomes a thorn in the side of the prison Governor and his guards. However he soon realises that prison life is not for him and so he attempts to make an escape...

True life ex~criminal John McVicar wrote this Who (the band) produced biopic of himself. And Roger Daltry, who plays McVicar both looks and does a surprisingly good job in the acting department, backed up by a very capable support cast throughout this prison/escape crime drama.
The soundtrack is really good, and the film is lively enough, even if it does have a rather suspect tone and an 'all boys together' mentality when it's saying it's piece on prison life and crime in general. Not that McVicar is painted out to be a saint by any means, but the repercussions of his at times violent and reprehensible behaviour are never fully explored..
But to be honest, I don't really care too much about that, and as a story I did find it very entertaining, with some of the highlights being Ian Hendry's corrupt copper ~ seriously, this film is worth watching just for his scene in the pub alone! ~ and also a giant billboard advertising 'Younger's Tartan Ale', which is sure to trip the nostalgia switch for many a chap!!

For similar subject matter try also:
Billy Rags and
A Sense Of Freedom [DVD] [1979]

3.75/5
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