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  • Actors: Stanley Baker, Sam Wanamaker, Grégoire Aslan, Margit Saad, Jill Bennett
  • Directors: Joseph Losey
  • Writers: Alun Owen, Jimmy Sangster
  • Producers: Jack Greenwood, Jim O'Connolly, Nat Cohen, Stuart Levy
  • Format: Black & White, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: December 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LPCD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,144 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Criminal" on IMDb

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Excellent casting as well.
Robert T. Redman
Stanley Baker is at his best as Johnny Bannion, the leader of cell block B, who gets out,does a heist, and goes back in.
wallace thompson
Stanley Baker turned a performance equal to the one he did a few years later in the Great Train Robbery.
J. Taylor

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By SockPuppetTheatre on September 21, 2003
Format: DVD
This film has seemingly been forgotten, it's not usually mentioned in the pantheon of 'great' british gangster films or even the best work of it's director.
often called a 'realistic' film it's more an expressionist handling (minus the shadowy lighting of hollywood film noirs) of typical material, this makes it a bit of a shock on first viewing and might explain why it isn't as highly regarded as it ought to be. It's setting is a cold, snowy winter in london, there is no night time neon city lighting, the action outside prison takes place almost entirely during the day or indoors when darkness falls. It is also a quiet film (except of course when the violence and the screaming erupt), that added to the setting and the stark photography create a very a alien world in which the central character just doesn't belong.
Johnny Bannion (Stanley Baker) reminds me of Pacino's Tony Montana in 'Scarface' (however unlike pacino in that film Baker's stature isn't symbolic of his impotent rage given his heavy build and large frame), he's an irish hoodlum who has risen fairly high but doesn't have what it takes to get to the very top. In Tony's case he isn't ruthless enough and is guarenteed to fall as quickly as he rose due to his own weaknesses. Likewise Bannion is guarenteed to fall, he's a hard nut capable of taking anyone on but he just doesn't belong with the morons and treacherous schemers in his line of work. His appartment is decorated with modern art, it's implied he has a gift for maths and he doesn't really seem at home at a party his fellow mobsters throw for him.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 13, 2005
Format: DVD
The Criminal (aka The Concrete Jungle) is, for my money at least, one of Joseph Losey's two best films (the other being King and Country), but it never really garnered the kind of success or reputation it deserved, possibly because it had the misfortune to open on the same day as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, which completely overshadowed it. Billed as `the most violent film ever made in Britain,' even 45 years on it's still vicious stuff. Indeed, in the entire cast of characters that populate Alun Owen's excellent and unsentimental screenplay - irredeemable crooks, vicious prison warders, prison governors who don't really want to know, amoral molls and assorted perverts and thugs - the only two people in the entire film who aren't totally corrupt are Laurence Naismith's arresting officer (who is still not above letting on about his informants) and the piano tuner who appears in one brief scene. The plot is a simple enough variation on Touchez Pas au Grisbi, with Stanley Baker's con pulling off a big job and immediately being ratted out by one of his partners who wants a bigger share, but the stark execution and background is what carries it. Certainly its vision of the British prison system as a Hellish melting pot of refuse of all persuasions - Irish, Australian, Italians, West Indians, the mentally disturbed - where the guards don't only turn a blind eye to vicious beatings but even facilitate them is a kick in the groin to the more sedate cop movies of the day.

It's also full of memorable little moments, from the prison weasel spreading the news of an informant's return inbetween lines of Knick Knack Paddywhack to Kenneth J. Warren's inability to say anything without incorporating the word `loike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. on April 5, 2012
Format: DVD
The Criminal is the first of the numerous masterpieces Joseph Losey directed in the 60's. With The Damned (These Are the Damned) [Reg. 2&4] (another summit of his work) shot the following year, Losey says goodbye to the genre films with panache. Yes, The Criminal is Brechtian with its way to avoid emotions and handle violence with a distant caution, Yes, The Criminal is Kafkaïan in the way Losey describes Stanley Baker's luxurious apartment that finally isn't so different than Baker's cell and yes The Criminal is openly the work of a left-wing director who assimilates the prison's structure as the organs of a public company. The result is a formidable British film noir. Indispensable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Taylor on February 26, 2013
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Ground breaking.Flounts the movie codes of it's day. The female nudity was surprising. Showed that british prisons weren't like BIG HOUSE USA.But still a place that dangerous people needed to be. Stanley Baker turned a performance
equal to the one he did a few years later in the Great Train Robbery. Sam
Wanamaker was perfect as the double crossing henchman as was Nigel Greene.
Even though the robbery wasn't shown till end of the deed. A pretty good caper
movie. The relationship with the girl was mature-adult.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dan Celli,X,DJ.Cartoonist/Author on January 6, 2010
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"Brute Force","Caged", are my favorite prison pictures, this one comes in third for me. Baker(1928-76) is one of my favorites. I dig the prison uniforms, they look better than civilian clothes. It's a story about a criminal that can't stay out of prison. Noirish. Baker's acting never disappoints.
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