Villain — 50 Years On

Why Richard Burton’s turn as a Kray inspired gangster needs reappraised.

Tom Brogan
7 min readFeb 25, 2021

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A screenshot of Richard Burton in Villain.

It’s hard not to mention Get Carter (1971) when discussing Villain; critics did it when the film was released, anyone reappraising the movie can’t help doing it now. The films came out within two months of one another in 1971, and they both feature two bona fide movie stars minted in Hollywood, coming back…

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Tom Brogan

Author of We Made Them Angry Scotland at the World Cup Spain 1982. Writing about films, music, football and television. https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/tombrogan