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The Criminal

Terrific performance from Baker as the criminal, an existential loner whose violence is essentially self-destructive as, literally trapped within the bars of a prison, he finds himself metaphorically caught between two complementary systems: one represented by the sadistic chief warder (Magee), who feeds his sense of power by fomenting a dog-eat-dog code in the cells, the other by the underworld kingpin (Wanamaker) waiting outside to kill Baker and hijack his stashed loot. Losey's American eye and expertise make it jaggedly explosive and visually brilliant, a million miles beyond other British crime movies.

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Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joseph Losey
Screenwriter: Alun Owen
Cast: Stanley Baker
Sam Wanamaker
Margit Saad
Patrick Magee
Grégoire Aslan
Jill Bennett
Rupert Davies
Laurence Naismith
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