Die alles zur Sau machen (1971)

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Die alles zur Sau machen: Directed by Michael Tuchner. With Richard Burton, Ian McShane, Nigel Davenport, Donald Sinden. In 1970s London, Scotland Yard orchestrates the downfall of mob boss Vic Dakin after he crosses the line by blackmailing Members of Parliament.

“Michael Tuchneru0026#39;s u0026quot;Villainu0026quot; is everything a gangster film should be; tough, violent, grim and filled with loathsome characters who have no redeeming features. The film is clearly influenced by the Krays and does an excellent job of creating a vision of what the real underworld is like, with no comical scenes or foolish characters – the overall tone is ice cold.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe filmu0026#39;s plot is pretty familiar with Richard Burton playing Vic Dakin, one of the top crime bosses in London, who is seeking more power through controlling a prominent politician (Donald Sinden) and planning a major robbery.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe film benefits hugely from the casting of Richard Burton in the lead role of Vic Dakin who, like Ronnie Kray, is a gay, mother-fixated psychotic. Although the Welsh Burton does struggle with the Cockney accent, he is totally believable as the character and must be commended for his no-holds-barred performance, which few other Hollywood stars would have dared risk their career on. It is testament to Burtonu0026#39;s performance that a former Kray henchman rates it as the most realistic portrayal of a British gangster on screen and very close to what Ronnie Kray was really like. In other words not a very nice man as the film stated at the time – u0026quot;Meet Vic Dakin, then wish you hadnu0026#39;t.u0026quot;u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWhy u0026quot;Villainu0026quot; has become so forgotten is a mystery. It was made in the same year as u0026quot;Get Carteru0026quot; in 1971 but neither film was a hit. However u0026quot;Get Carteru0026quot; eventually found a large cult following and is now widely regarded as a British classic. Although u0026quot;Villainu0026quot; is one of the top five British gangster films it is not quite in the same league as u0026quot;Get Carteru0026quot;, u0026quot;The Long Good Fridayu0026quot; and u0026quot;Brighton Rocku0026quot; but it does deserve wider recognition.”


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