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An underworld saga scripted by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, who look as though they were disgorging a semi-masticated lesson culled from Nic Roeg, Donald Cammell and Performance. A ludicrous exposé of the lower depths of London crime, it tarts up the hoariest old gangster clichés with a bit of homosexuality and a lot of thuggery, and manages to be both brutish and maudlin. Burton gives a performance of ripe grotesquerie as the gay gang boss who is the spirit of devotion to his mother and a leering Marquis de Sade to his victims.

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Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Tuchner
Screenwriter: Ian La Frenais, Dick Clement
Cast: Ian McShane
Nigel Davenport
Cathleen Nesbitt
TP McKenna
Donald Sinden
Richard Burton
Fiona Lewis
Joss Ackland

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3.8 / 5

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