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Murderous, sadistic London gang leader Vic Dakin, a mother-obsessed homosexual modeled on real-life gangster Ronnie Kray, is worried about potential stool pigeons that may bring down his criminal empire. The brutal Vic cuts the throat of one bloke who has been a little too loose-lipped, afraid that his gossiping may turn into a grand operatic performance for the coppers. Vic, who enjoys playing at rough trade with his sidekick Wolfe, plans a payroll robbery and directs the blackmailing of Members of Parliament with a taste for unorthodox sex. Scotland Yard Police Inspector Matthews, playing Javert to Vic's Jean Valjean, is moving in on him and the gang. Gang-member Edgar is hospitalized for an ulcer, and Inspector Matthews might be able to make him sing. Will Edgar spill the beans to the coppers before Vic can silence him?Written by
Jon C. Hopwood
Per the film's review in the 27 May 1971 edition of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, portions of this film were dubbed from the original for its release in the U.S. to help American audiences understand the strong British accents. See more »
There is a clear overdub when Wolfe and Venetia arrive at the country house for the party. As they are walking up the drive they both survey the front of the mansion. Wolfe describes the house as, "fit for a king". Venetia responds, "I bet the bathrooms are freezing", but if you watch her mouth movements closely, she actually completes Wolfe's sentence with the phrase , "or queen" . See more »
Frank, Frank. We're the boys, aren't we? Aren't we the boys. Always have been, ever since we were kids. Hardly got off our mother's tit when we had 'em quaking down in Hackney.
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Compared to the contemporary film of Get Carter, this is a very poor film. Even the usually witty pens of Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement (Porridge and The Likely Lads) could do little more than make this a better than an average episode of The Sweeney. Richard Burton does his best, but he is Welsh and his Cockney impersonation is only slightly better than Dick Van Dyke's in Mary Poppins. Worth seeing, but not worth seeing twice. Better Engish gangster films are The Long Good Friday (Bob Hoskin's acting is exceptionally good, particularly the last scene) and, perhaps The Krays (almost a documentary of these East End thugs).
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