Malcolm Needs follows up his 2003 gangster flick SHOREDITCH with
another foray into the London underworld of gangster dealings and
double-crossings, but this time it's the 1960s. Protagonist Charlie
Richardson is based on the notorious leader of the "Torture Gang,"
and is brought to life in this biopic in a remarkable turn by Luke
Goss (BLADE II), who endows the legendary criminal with a mixture
of cool restraint and startling brutality. Ruling South London
throughout the decade, Charlie has gone down in history as one of
the most powerful crime bosses London has ever seen, building his
empire up from nothing by employing tactics of intimidation and
violence. The film traces Charlie's rise from a crime ring run from
a scrapyard to business dealings with Johannesburg's
diamond-industry royalty, much of which was ostensibly accomplished
through his propensity for stomach-churning violence. Eventually a
threat to England's Prime Minister, Charlie was finally brought
down in one of the most publicized events of the decade. Despite
his storied ruthlessness he is portrayed here as a tragic victim of
the system, giving his character intriguing depth and complexity
and creating a unique gangster film imbued with the true grit of
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
|Country of origin:
• Steven Berkoff
• Malcolm Needs
||137 x 190 x 17mm (L x W x T)
||1 hour, 35 minutes
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