Former London gangster Freddie Foreman is nearing the end of his life. A heavyweight villain with an unbelievably bloody past, Freddie is the last living legend of the Krays' London underworld. A ruthless criminal, still feared and revered to this day. Freddie now lives in a retirement home: alone with only the memories of his former crimes to look back on. With strained family relations and increasing health issues, Freddie finally tells all and revisits his old haunts in an attempt to understand what pushed him towards a life of crime. From his impoverished childhood, to traumatic memories of the Blitz and WWII, Freddie is a fascinating character study. Can a man accused of over forty murders, known as the Godfather of London, really find redemption?
Run of the mill 'Godfather' of crime documentary
- Fred review by TH
Documentary about the life and times of Freddie Foreman - from post war thief to harder crime working with the Krays and the murders he was associated with and the disposal of Jack 'the hat' McVitie which he served 10 years then onto a brief straight spell when he moved his family to the States only to be involved in the Security Express robbery in 1983 (further time). Yes certainly a colourful life if you can call it that but the direction on this film is a bit odd, lots of close up's of Freddie and his hands and occasional chatting of other people in the room whilst Freddie is being interviewed (what was that all about)?...and numerous mentions about the real crime bringing up a family in poverty. Friends, family, associates and criminologists also contribute. Hit and miss for me.
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