Villain — 50 Years On

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

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…