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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:
Nightclub comedian Eddie Ginley fulfills his Dashiell Hammett love by putting an ad in the paper as a private eye. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(9 articles)
Posterized: Director Stephen Frears
 (From FilmExperience. 12 August 2016, 7:00 AM, PDT)

Chris Menges to receive Camerimage honour
 (From ScreenDaily. 25 August 2015, 4:28 AM, PDT)

Billie Whitelaw, Esteemed Actress Of Stage And Screen, Dead At 82
 (From CinemaRetro. 23 December 2014, 9:01 PM, PST)

User Reviews:
Surprisingly fresh and very well written See more (21 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

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)
Chris Lamie .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Location Management
John Southwood .... location manager
 
Music Department
Marcus Dods .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Brian Brockwell .... production accountant
Pamela Davies .... continuity (as Pam Davies)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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 | Australia:M | 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:
Director Stephen Frears had previously been the personal assistant to director Albert Finney on Charlie Bubbles (1967)See more »
Quotes:
Tommy:[Eddie has gone to Botha Export Co Ltd for further investigations] We're closed!
Anne Scott:Got your coat?
Tommy:Yeah!
Anne Scott:Put it on.
Tommy:Who are you?
Anne Scott:Board of Trade.
Tommy:Well, what do you want?
Anne Scott:We have Powers Of Search.
Tommy:You don't look like the Board Of Trade to me.
Anne Scott:We're changing the image. Would you sit down please. Oh, wait. You've got something on your eye. No, don't touch it, don't touch it. Leave it to me. Relax.
[...]
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Soundtrack:
These Foolish ThingsSee more »

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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly fresh and very well written, 1 December 2007
Author: nigel-47 from England

This film buzzes with excitement and whips along at a great pace. It's cliché precisely because Eddie Ginley sees everything that way. That's the charm.

The script works well, and is a delight if you concentrate (!) All the actors give deeply - the sparring between Finlay and Finney is marvellous. How they kept straight faces is a mystery - they seem to be enjoying it so much.

All the locations are raw and stark but never over-done or contrived. What you see is what there was in 1970's Liverpool and London.

A thoroughly enjoyable film with a top-class cast.

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