One of six films Stanley Baker would do with another Hollywood blacklistee, Joseph Losey, The Criminal combines heist, prison and gangster film tropes with an arthouse texture and feel.
Baker’s character, Johnny Bannion, is a tough criminal under pressure from former associates to reveal where he hid the proceeds from a racetrack robbery.
Modelled on real-life Soho villain Alfred Dimer (who advised Losey during filming), Bannion represents the new school of British cinema criminal: aware how repellent his milieu is, ruthless and violent in his dealings with other gangsters, and tender towards his sophisticated girlfriend (Margit Saad).
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