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Writer:
Neville Smith (written by)
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Release Date:
December 1971 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
Ginley's a gumshoe. Ginley's got guts. Ginley's got a gun. See more »
Plot:
Ginley (Albert Finney) is a nightclub bingo caller eager for a career change. On his thirty-first birthday... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win See more »
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(7 articles)
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Exhilarating wait for the gun to be fired See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Albert Finney ... Eddie Ginley

Billie Whitelaw ... Ellen

Frank Finlay ... William

Janice Rule ... Mrs. Blankerscoon

Carolyn Seymour ... Alison

Fulton Mackay ... Straker
George Innes ... Bookshop Proprietor
George Silver ... De Fries
Bill Dean ... Tommy (as Billy Dean)

Wendy Richard ... Anne Scott

Maureen Lipman ... Naomi
Neville Smith ... Arthur
Oscar James ... Azinge
Joe Kenyon ... Joey (as Joey Kenyon)
Bert King ... Mal
Christopher Cunningham ... Clifford (as Chris Cunningham)
Ken Jones ... Labour Exchange Clerk
Tom Kempinski ... Psychiatrist
Harry Hutchinson ... Kleptomaniac
Ernie Mack and The Saturated Seven ... Artist in Club (as Ernie Mack and the Saturated Seven)
Jayson Kane ... Artist in Club (as Jason Kane)
The Jacksons ... Artist in Club
Vicki Day ... Artist in Club
Scott Christian ... Artist in Club
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Directed by
Stephen Frears 
 
Writing credits
Neville Smith (written by)

Produced by
David Barber .... associate producer
Michael Medwin .... producer
Albert Finney .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Andrew Lloyd Webber 
 
Cinematography by
Chris Menges (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Rees 
 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
 
Production Design by
Michael Seymour 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Cordwell 
 
Makeup Department
Susie Hill .... hairdresser
Bob Lawrance .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Basil Keys .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Sturgis .... assistant director
Roger Simons .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jack Carter .... construction manager
Richard Rambaut .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Rodney Holland .... sound editor
Doug E. Turner .... dubbing mixer (as Doug Turner)
Christian Wangler .... sound recordist
Peter Maxwell .... assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Orton .... camera operator
Ron Pearce .... electrical supervisor: Lee Electric Lighting
Jack Roche .... grip
Sophie Baker .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daphne Dare .... costumes
Barbara Gillett .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Jonathan Gili .... assistant supervising editor
Fergus McDonell .... supervising editor
Nicholas Napier-Bell .... assistant supervising editor (as N.J. Napier-Bell)
 
Music Department
Marcus Dods .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Brian Brockwell .... production accountant
Pamela Davies .... continuity (as Pam Davies)
John Southwood .... location manager
 
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Runtime:
88 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12 (video) (re-rating) (2007) (2010) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988) | USA:PG

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Trivia:
To prepare for his roles as Eddie Ginley in this film, actor Albert Finney watched many hours of old Humphrey Bogart films in order to master the mannerisms of movie private eyes.See more »
Quotes:
Eddie Ginley:Mrs. Blankers-Cohen?
Anne Scott:Not expected.
Eddie Ginley:Where can I find her?
Anne Scott:49 Faulkner Square.
Eddie Ginley:Does she live there?
Anne Scott:Yes, but not for long.
Eddie Ginley:How come.
Anne Scott:She's leaving. Tomorrow.
Eddie Ginley:What time?
Anne Scott:7am.
[...]
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Soundtrack:
Baby, You're Good For MeSee more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Exhilarating wait for the gun to be fired, 29 July 2007
Author: Gideon Freud from United Kingdom

"Exhilirated" was the way my father felt, as he emerged from the new Scala cinema in Kings Cross, after watching Albert Finney in Gumshoe sometime in the 1970s. He loves the writing of Raymond Chandler and Dashiel Hammett. The idea of a fellow aficionado so caught up in the idea of being Philip Marlowe that he places an advertisement in the local Liverpool paper offering his services in 1972 as though he were the fictional private eye in California of the 1940s and is then caught up in a case he doesn't understand but which he sets out to follow nonetheless as though he was the legendary hero of those mean streets completely captivated him. The fast talking repartee. The refusal to compromise. And the gun. It comes in at the beginning. It is undoubtedly real - in an England where there are no guns. Will Finney who carries it everywhere with him ever get to fire it? Prepare to enjoy a pacey, brilliantly written plot which refreshingly expects the audience to have the knowledge and intelligence to keep up and be swept away. Anyone who knows my father will know that this review was really written by him!

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