Villain

Villain

Director: Michael Tuchner

Cast: Michael Tuchner, Richard Burton, Ian McShane, Nigel Davenport

     
 

This melodramatic crime drama tells the story of homosexual gang leader Vic Dakin (Richard Burton), who likes a bit of rough sex with his petty criminal pal Wolfe (Ian McShane). Aside from payroll robberies, his gang is not above blackmailing sexually deviant members of Parliament. A Scotland Yard Police Inspector, played by Nigel Davenport, has been after his gang… See more details below

Overview

This melodramatic crime drama tells the story of homosexual gang leader Vic Dakin (Richard Burton), who likes a bit of rough sex with his petty criminal pal Wolfe (Ian McShane). Aside from payroll robberies, his gang is not above blackmailing sexually deviant members of Parliament. A Scotland Yard Police Inspector, played by Nigel Davenport, has been after his gang for years and does everything in his power to close it down. When one of the gang members, Frank (Joss Ackland), winds up hospitalized for an ulcer and looks likely to spill the beans to the police, some complicated shenanigans take place.

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Villain is a grim but effective piece of work that nicely represents the 1970's take on the "cops & crooks" genre. The script is laced with wit and acid cynicism, portraying a world where morality is relative for everyone, heroes included. Richard Burton anchors the story with a carefully controlled lead performance, creating a crime boss who shifts from emotionally needy to sociopathically brutal in the blink of an eye. His performance is impressive because he avoids flashy melodramatics, making the shift of moods an internal process that makes the character terrifyingly unpredictable. Equally important are the support performances by Ian McShane and Nigel Davenport: McShane's hustler offers just the right mix of easy charm and unsentimental survival instinct while Davenport's cop measures up to the menace of Burton's performance by offsetting it with his own calm, cool presence and a sarcastic, ego-deflating sense of humor. Also worthy of note are fine character turns by Joss Ackland as a perpetually troubled criminal collaborator and Gerald Sinden as an amusingly sleazy politician addicted to call girls. Finally, Michael Tuchner's direction gives the film a very masculine sense of style, particularly in a few hard-hitting scenes of violence: the best is a payroll heist that erupts into brutal hand-to-hand brawling. In short, Villain is a solid addition to the canon of British crime films and worth a look to anyone who liked Get Carter or The Long Good Friday.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2012
UPC:
0883316640043
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
70,548

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Burton Vic Dakin
Ian McShane Wolfe Lissner
Nigel Davenport Bob Matthews
Donald Sinden Gerald Draycott
Fiona Lewis Venetia
Shirley Cain Mrs. Matthews
Wendy Hutchinson Mrs. Lowis
Lindy Miller Gilly
Bonita Thomas Strip Dancer
T.P. McKenna Frank Fletcher
Leslie Schofield Detective Constable
Elizabeth Knight Patti
Joss Ackland Edgar Lowis
James Cossins Brown
Clive Francis Vivian
Cheryl Hall Judy
John Hallam Terry
Del Henney Webb
Ben Howard Henry
Godfrey James Car Lot Manager
Cathleen Nesbitt Mrs. Dakin
Michael Robbins Barzun
Anthony Sagar Danny
Tony Selby Duncan
Stephen Sheppard Benny Thompson
Colin Welland Tom Binney
Sheila White Veronica
Brook Williams Kenneth

Technical Credits
Michael Tuchner Director
John Bramall Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Campbell Set Decoration/Design
Maurice Carter Art Director
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Dick Clement Screenwriter
Alex Garfath Makeup
Kip Gowans Asst. Director
Jonathan Hodge Score Composer
Jay Kanter Producer
Elliott Kastner Producer
Ian La Frenais Screenwriter
Alan Ladd Producer
Al Lettieri Producer,Screenwriter
Ralph Sheldon Editor

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