Slayground (1983, dir. Terry Bedford)

After a heist goes wrong, a hunted thief flees the States to England, where a favour is owed. Though it starts and ends strongly, looks good, and has a grimy post-industrial feel throughout, a saggy middle act and clunky plotting flaw this adaptation of the Richard Stark novel. Plenty of TV faces in support though, plus a climax shot at Southport and Blackpool pleasure beaches.

Parker (2013, dir. Taylor Hackford)

A double-crossed professional thief tracks down the men who left him for dead. It starts well, but Parker loses its way in comic asides, unfocused subplots and a lack of narrative throughline; a disappointment from this director that doesn’t do justice to the Donald E Westlake source material.