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November 9, 2017
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.
January 5, 2015
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.
½ September 2, 2014
Good film, and great acting from the legend that is Roger Daltrey.
July 27, 2014
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.
November 16, 2013
Reasonable prison drama that wasn't bad in its day. Roger Daltrey shows he is actually quite a good actor and he could've had a acting career. The big downfall for this movie is that the prison/crime genre has been seriously improved on with milestones like "Chopper" , "Bronson" and "Un Prophete" and so it's all a bit meek and mild now.
½ March 10, 2013
Directed by Tom Clegg (Sweeney 2 (1978)), and produced by The Who. This was a chance for Roger Daltrey to flex his acting muscles, and do something different. The Who had got into filmmaking with Quadrophenia (1979), which was successful, and looked to capitalise on it's success with this adaptation of John McVicar's 1979 book McVicar by Himself. It's a very good prison and crime film, and very engaging too. John McVicar (Daltrey) is sentenced to 23 years in prison in the late 1960's for armed robberies, and he's banged up in Durham Prison with other lags including Walter Probyn (Adam Faith) and Ronnie Harrison (Steven Berkoff). However, he and Probyn plan to escape when they find a weak spot in the walls of the prison showers. McVicar manages to escape over the prison roof and then on the run all the way to London, where he meets up with fellow criminal Joey David (Billy Murray). But, while McVicar tries to reconcile with his wife Sheila (Cheryl Campbell). David manages to get McVicar into one last job, which involves a robbery on a wages van. It's a very good prison drama, punctuated with songs by Daltrey, who puts in a very good performance, and really gets into the head of what it's like being a prisoner, and he is quite underrated as an actor too, and this has got a good supporting cast as well.
February 27, 2013
Somewhat dated now. There is a reference in the film to the Moors Murders - I wonder if the details revealed in the films are real or fictionalised.
½ June 30, 2012
The dedication to the role of John McVicar has to be respected here, Roger Daltery is clearly in great physical shape and immerses himself fully into the character, let's not forget he's the lead singer of The Who. The soundtrack is fantastic and is as close as you can get to The Who minus Keith Moon, John McVicar is now a respected writer and broadcaster, I feel the movie has dated slightly.
April 13, 2012
A true story which makes it an interesting watch. made in typical British style with no added spice.
October 14, 2011
In truth there are better biopics about, although a lot of artistic licence is involved here. A good British cast and good subject matter keeps the interest levels up.
March 22, 2011
Fairly boring. Decent performance by Roger Daltry though.
October 22, 2010
Great film, Great cast and a Great Soundtrack, Beat that America
September 16, 2010
Fact Based Drama About Real-Life Criminal John McVicar, While During His 23 Year Prison Sentence Decides To Escape With A Felow Inmate Through The Shower Room Wall. Produced By The Now Defunct "Who Films L.T.D.", This Is The Last Of The Three Films Produced By Them. McVicar Proceeds To Live A Quiet Life With His Family Until He Takes A Job, This Then Proceeds To His Arrest. The Music Is Produced, Arranged & Conducted By The War Of The Worlds' Jeff Wayne. The Screenplay Is Written By McVicar Himself & Co-Written By Director Tom Clegg. This Is One Film Based On True Crime Not To Be Missed.
½ April 10, 2010
The prison break story is done well and Daltrey is a fine lead, however the soundtrack is overdone in places. It's a great window on 70's Britain and the styles of the time given most of this film is on location.
February 28, 2010
Definately a film for all the Who fans, very classic British gritty prison story.
½ January 18, 2010
Classic film brilliant can watch it again n again mint sound track too..
January 18, 2010
film about prison life... like the first part with Daltrey in prison, sewing, taking shower, fighting with guards... second part of movie (the escape, and his private life) is quite boring. great music (by The Who of course) ;)
October 5, 2009
wana ua oldee c diz yall
½ August 21, 2009
one of my favourites love these movies x i could watch this till blue in the face heheheh xx 100 top marks for this one luv roger daltry xx
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½ June 28, 2009
Daltrey played an extremely convincing crim in this dark depiciton of McVicar...Brutal but compelling.
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