Sinful Davey

  • Film
  • Action and adventure
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An inconsequential but likeable romp, set in early 19th century Scotland and retailing the roguish adventures (allegedly based on fact) of Davey Haggart, who deserts from the army to follow his father's more romantic calling as a not very efficient highwayman, finally laid low by a hard-hit golf-ball. Huston shot it in his beloved Ireland, most of the cast boast Irish brogues, and although this hardly helps credibility, the fact that the director's tongue is firmly in cheek is definitively signalled when a proud Highlander (played by that archetypal screen Paddy, Noel Purcell) coins 'Curse me for an Irishman!' as a particularly relishable oath. A sort of ramshackle Tom Jones, occasionally tiresome but shorn of Tony Richardson's artistic pretensions, it looks attractive, is played with infectious good humour by the entire cast, and boasts an engaging performance from John Hurt as the artful dodger of the title.

Release details

Duration: 95 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Huston
Screenwriter: James R Webb
Cast: John Hurt
Fionnuala Flanagan
Nigel Davenport
Maxine Audley
Robert Morley
Donal McCann
Ronald Fraser
Niall MacGinnis
Pamela Franklin
Noel Purcell
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