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The Krays: The Prison Years (2016)

This one-off documentary uses never-before seen footage, interviews and reconstructions to tell the story of the twins' lives from 1968 until their deaths. From their 30-day trial and ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Duncan Campbell Duncan Campbell ... Himself
Bobby Cummines Bobby Cummines ... Himself
Justin Cutler Justin Cutler ... Young Chris Lambrianou (as Justin Cutter)
Maureen Flanagan Maureen Flanagan ... Herself
Freddie Foreman Freddie Foreman ... Himself
David Fraser David Fraser ... Himself
Patrick Fraser Patrick Fraser ... Himself
Abbie Hills Abbie Hills ... Jury Member
Dick Hobbs Dick Hobbs ... Himself
Chris Lambrianou Chris Lambrianou ... Himself
Tony Lambrianou Tony Lambrianou ... Himself
Neil Maddock Neil Maddock ... Reggie Kray
Paul McTaggart Paul McTaggart ... Gangster
Tony Merritt Tony Merritt ... Ronnie Kray
Neil Onions Neil Onions ... Nipper Reid
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This one-off documentary uses never-before seen footage, interviews and reconstructions to tell the story of the twins' lives from 1968 until their deaths. From their 30-day trial and Ronnie Kray's committal to Broadmoor - following his diagnosis as insane - to operations on the outside and the twins' various marriages inside. A number of the subjects interviewed for the documentary had first-hand dealings with the Krays, including Wilf Pine, Ronnie Kray's business manager; Freddie Foreman, who was sentenced at the same time as the Krays for the disposal of the body of Jack 'the hat' McVitie; and Maureen Flanagan, a close family friend and former model who Reggie proposed to three times whilst in prison. Written by Anonymous

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10 September 2016 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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16:9 HD
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The Krays: The Prison Years
14 November 2017 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

The story of the Kray twins is both thoroughly documented and well known, their rise to power, their fall, and the way they became a national institution. This documentary takes a slightly unorthodox look at them. It pays no attention at all to their background, although it does of course explain how they ended up behind bars, but the bulk of the documentary, which includes unique footage, consists of interviews with people who knew them: journalists, members of their firm, and especially Maureen Flanagan, who became their gofer while they were behind bars.

While no one in his right mind really idolises the Krays, there is a sense of waste about the entire enterprise. After rising to the top they could and should have gone totally legitimate. Reggie in particular had a fine business brain. Alas, the same could be said of Charles Manson, who with one lucky break might have been transformed into an accomplished songwriter instead of the man who killed the Sixties.

The Krays didn't kill the Sixties on this side of the Atlantic, but like the Beatles, Swinging London and the mini-skirt, they have come to symbolise them.


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