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20 January 1983 (Australia) See more »
Thatcherism and the Irish troubles provide the backdrop for this study of Mick, a well-meaning youth in Sheffield... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Graham Green ... Michael 'Mick' Walsh
Carolyn Nicholson ... Karen Lodge

Tony Pitts ... Alan Wright
Roy Haywood ... Phil
Phil Askham ... Mr. Walsh
Pam Darrell ... Mrs. Walsh
Tracey Goodlad ... Julie
Patti Nicholls ... Mrs. Wright
Cilla Mason ... Mrs. Lodge
Les Hickin ... George
Arthur Davies ... Eric Lodge
Deirdre Costello ... Jenny (as Deidre Costello)
Jackie Shinn ... Gatekeeper
Christine Francis ... Careers Officer
Rita May ... Receptionist
Debbie Ellis
Curtis Denham ... Trainng Officer
Ernest Johns ... Army Major
Marie Mason ... Mother in Shoe Shop
Debbie Sydall
Paul Tuke ... Training Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Beyer ... Policeman (uncredited)
Paul Casson-Yardley ... Dancer (uncredited)
Stuart Golland ... Mr. Wright (uncredited)
Curt May ... (uncredited)
Lee Phillips ... Sean (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Loach  (as Kenneth Loach)
Writing credits
Barry Hines (script)

Barry Hines  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Raymond Day .... associate producer
Irving Teitelbaum .... producer
Original Music by
Marc Wilkinson 
Cinematography by
Chris Menges 
Film Editing by
Steve Singleton 
Art Direction by
Martin Johnson 
Costume Design by
Gwenda Evans 
Production Management
Patrick Cassavetti .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Monica Hyde .... assistant director
Paul Morrison .... assistant director
Art Department
Graham Tew .... property buyer
Sound Department
Andrew Boulton .... sound
Eddie Dougall .... boom operator
Trevor Pyke .... dubbing mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeremy Gee .... camera operator
Ronnie Rampton .... chief electrician
Ronnie Rampton .... gaffer
Jim Smart .... best boy
Music Department
Richard and the Taxmen .... musicians
Other crew
Linda Bruce .... production coordinator
Peter Care .... filmmaker
Kathy Ducker .... filmmaker
David Farrell .... filmmaker
Jack Gill .... presenter
Bob Hedges .... filmmaker
Peter Hedges .... filmmaker
Richard Hines .... filmmaker
Bill Hopkins .... filmmaker
George Howes .... filmmaker
Pam Howes .... filmmaker
Richard Hyland .... production accountant
Roger James .... filmmaker
Keith Lakhan .... filmmaker
Pat Maclaurin .... continuity
Veronica McAuliffe .... filmmaker
John New .... filmmaker
Alan Owen .... filmmaker
David Rea .... filmmaker
Cornelius 'Ted' Restall .... filmmaker (as Ted Restall)
Ron West .... filmmaker
Crew believed to be complete

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Jacob Leigh wrote that Ken Loach considered the film a failure (p.142 in "The Cinema of Ken Loach: art in the service of the people".See more »


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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A battle to retain humanity in the desperation of 1980s Northern England, 22 May 2006
Author: ( from United Kingdom

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The low budget look and feel of this movie topped off by being shot in black and white gives a stark portrayal of the complete lack of opportunities for the young unemployed in the north of England in the early 1980s. This can be compared in some ways to "Love on the Dole", but it is even less romanticised in the way it deals with the curse of mass unemployment and the corrosive effects it has on a society that doesn't deserve it.

Two lads drift along in between signing on trying their best to retain their self respect and stay within the law. One of the lads decides his only way out is to join the army whereupon he is sent over to Northern Ireland. On returning home on leave, he exhibits the signs of having been brutalised by the experience as he talks with apparent relish about the savage treatment meted out by British soldiers during raids in Roman Catholic areas.

The other lad, Mick meanwhile has met a girl who despite having a job (in a shop), is troubled due to her parents having split up and her having arguments with her stressed out mother. When the girl decides to run away to see her father who now lives in Bristol, Mick decides to go with her. However, her father is now living with another woman and simply tells his daughter that she cannot stay with him.

On returning north, there is nothing new or different for Mick. The atmosphere of hopelessness is excellently captured along with the efforts the young characters make to rise above it. The result is what it sets out to be, namely a bleak allegory on the effects of economic recession and harsh government policies on people with no control over such things and little hope of escape other than being starved in to the armed forces in the same way that occurred before both of the world wars.

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