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While American audiences would later thrill to the likes of Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Steve McQueen and James Coburn, one of the earliest “tough guy” actors of their vintage actually hailed from the UK.

Noted as much for his personal volatility and drunken escapades as his intense, “angry young man” portrayals of out of control teddy boys and suchlike, Oliver Reed would display a surprising versatility, covering musicals, literary classics and Shakespearean roles with the same panache as he would Hammer Films, cult sci-fi affairs and wildly homoerotic Ken Russell libidofests.

Rivalled only by the mad German-Pole Klaus Kinski for his sheer insanity both on set and off, join us as we talk one of the most controversial (and beloved) figures in British cinema history, the late great Oliver Reed, only here on Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine!

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The Angry Young Man in Winter: Oliver Reed


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