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Director:
Writer:
Neville Smith (written by)
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Release Date:
December 1971 (UK) See more »
Genre:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(7 articles)
Acting Legend Is New James Bond Star
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Britain's best film directors show some early promise
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David Thomson on Stephen Frears
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"Listen little lady, you and I better go for a walk..." See more (18 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:
Though an essentially English cast, American actress Janice Rule was imported from the USA to play Mrs. Blankerscoon.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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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
"Listen little lady, you and I better go for a walk...", 3 May 2001
Author: simon-118 from London

Stephen Frears was the ideal choice to direct this quirky little gem. His first film before a prestigious career in television and then in Hollywood shows off his sensitivity, compassion and efficency as a film maker beautifully. Albert Finney gives an astounding performance as our hero, Eddie Ginley, whose life on the surface is far from glamorous. An unemployed Liverpudlian who gets by as a bingo caller and wannabe comic, he is loved by everyone except his repulsive brother William (Frank Finlay) and has recently had to suffer his girlfriend (Billie Whitelaw) leaving him and marrying the sinister William. Eddie however has a boyish love for film noir, the stories of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, and the music of Elvis. When he decides to advertise his services as a private detective, he finds himself up to his neck in murder, drug dealing and South African politics! Finney manages both a weathered Scouse accent and a remarkable impression of Bogart incredibly. He is a lovable character, excellently written and played, who could have sustained a whole series of films. Billie Whitelaw is the Lauren Bacall style femme fatale, and the outsanding Janice Rule the seductive villainess. A fine array of British character actors like Bill Dean, Fulton Mackay and George Innes sprinkle the whole film with colour and eccentricity. The in-jokes for fans of Bogart films are spot-on but anyone can enjoy this film, with some superb one liners and very touching moments. But the whole film is stolen fair and square by the soundtrack, courtesy of Andrew Lloyd Webber of all people! From fifties style rockers, to pensive strings to huge, grandiose thirties style epic themes, the score is a delight. The finest moment is suely Eddie's outwitting of the irreplaceable Fulton MacKay on a tube train. Writer Neville Smith (who plays a small role) showed a less humourous approach to a loner's hero worship of his idols in his 1979 tv play Long Distance Information, in which he played the lead character, Christian, an Elvis obsessed DJ who is working on the night of the King's death. Gumshoe is not really a comedy though, but a pastiche, affectionate and observant. It does have it's dark moments though, including a heroin suicide and a couple of moments of violence. And like any good Raymond Chandler, the plot is unbelievably complicated and the least important element!

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