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      McVicar

      R 1980 1 hr. 51 min. Drama List
      Reviews 85% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score John McVicar (Roger Daltrey) is an English career criminal locked up with all the other lifers in the dreaded E Wing of Durham Prison. Between riots and constant prison guard brutality, McVicar and fellow inmate Walter Probyn (Adam Faith) gradually dig a tunnel that enables their escape. Once on the outside, McVicar does his best to lie low and re-enter the lives of his wife (Cheryl Campbell) and infant son, despite the fact that police have labeled him "Public Enemy Number One." Read More Read Less

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      psychedelic xylophone A serious classic and the soundtrack is epic alone. When it comes to british entertainment this is one that rings the must haves! Big pity as ive said many times that roger daltry should of done more as an actor he's superb. There's a great amount of talent in this film and it just goes to prove us brits could make great films. I must end by tipping the big hat to the great director tom glegg. Tom knew exactly what worked, a true mastermind! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/19/22 Full Review Shioka O This is different, must see for the Who and rock fans. The film itself is another British made blunt yet decent prison film inspired by a true story. The lead singer's performance is ok maybe a bit awkward. The soundtrack is superb played by then the Who members, however, most importantly, I think the sound failed to translate the story and the atmosphere. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/24/22 Full Review Audience Member This is just as good as I remembered surprisingly for a 'Who Production' film. Daltrey and Faith are actually both really good on screen and fairly convincing as the cons trying to escape. The soundtrack is pretty simple but there are a couple of decent tracks on there, 'Free Me' a case in point. Well worth seeking out. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member That brought back some memories! Not sure I've seen McVicar since it came out and I saw it at the cinema. Sort of 'Porridge' with added violence and nudity and a much better soundtrack! Roger Daltrey is actually rather convincing as McVicar. I think it was his first piece of straight acting, as opposed to the Ken Russell Rock Operas. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Good film, and great acting from the legend that is Roger Daltrey. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member saw this when it came out 30+ years back- tight flick w a great soundtrack, very much of its era-- if you're looking for big US style bang bang this ain't it, but if you dig Brit gangster movies w style and tension, give it a go. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Jack Hawkins HeyUGuys McVicar is a relic of the British crime genre that remains curious viewing and benefits from a sharp new Blu-ray transfer. Rated: 4/5 Sep 8, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis John McVicar (Roger Daltrey) is an English career criminal locked up with all the other lifers in the dreaded E Wing of Durham Prison. Between riots and constant prison guard brutality, McVicar and fellow inmate Walter Probyn (Adam Faith) gradually dig a tunnel that enables their escape. Once on the outside, McVicar does his best to lie low and re-enter the lives of his wife (Cheryl Campbell) and infant son, despite the fact that police have labeled him "Public Enemy Number One."
      Director
      Tom Clegg
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Sound Mix
      Surround