An odd film, primarily looking at how the dole affects the underclass in Britain. Tim Roth stars as Colin, a slow and possibly intellectually disabled man living with his parents and ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(deviser)
Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Made in Britain (TV Movie 1982)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Trevor is a 16 year old, sometimes-violent skinhead with no regard for authority, and would rather spend his time stealing cars than sitting in the detention centre to which he is sent. His... See full summary »

Director: Alan Clarke
Stars: Tim Roth, Terry Richards, Bill Stewart
High Hopes (1988)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Slice-of-life look at a sweet working-class couple in London, Shirley and Cyril, his mother, who's aging quickly and becoming forgetful, mum's ghastly upper-middle-class neighbors, and ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Philip Davis, Ruth Sheen, Edna Doré
Bleak Moments (1971)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Moments from the uncompromisingly bleak existence of a secretary, her intellectually disabled sister, aloof and uneasy teacher boyfriend, bizarre neighbor and irritating workmate.

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Anne Raitt, Sarah Stephenson, Eric Allan
Four Days in July (TV Movie 1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A catholic and a protestant couple in Northern Ireland have amazing parallels in their lives, despite being either side of the divide.

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Brid Brennan, Des McAleer, Paula Hamilton
Life Is Sweet (1990)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A waitress, her cook husband, & their twin daughters ponder their lives over a few weeks in a working-class suburb north of London.

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Alison Steadman, Jim Broadbent, Claire Skinner
Career Girls (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

2 young women reunite and rekindle their friendship after having said goodbye at their college graduation, six years earlier.

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Katrin Cartlidge, Lynda Steadman, Kate Byers
Scum (1979)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British Borstal for young offenders. Luckily the regime has changed since this film was made. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform or... See full summary »

Director: Alan Clarke
Stars: Ray Winstone, Mick Ford, Julian Firth
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket. Their daughter Rachel cleans in a home for ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, Ruth Sheen
Scum (TV Movie 1977)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British borstal for young offenders. Luckily the regime has changed since this TV film was made. The brutal regime made no attempt to reform... See full summary »

Director: Alan Clarke
Stars: Ray Winstone, David Threlfall, Martin Phillips
Nil by Mouth (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Oldman
Stars: Ray Winstone, Kathy Burke, Charlie Creed-Miles
The Short & Curlies (TV Short 1988)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A short comedy by Mike Leigh about the romance between a young woman and a man who communicates only through jokes and humor. The story is told as a series of very short vignettes between ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Alison Steadman, Sylvestra Le Touzel, David Thewlis
Naked (1993)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Parallel tales of two sexually obsessed men, one hurting and annoying women physically and mentally, one wandering around the city talking to strangers and experiencing dimensions of life.

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Barbara
...
...
...
Mavis
Jeffrey Robert ...
Frank (as Jeff Robert)
...
John
...
Tilly Vosburgh ...
Hayley
Paul Daly ...
Rusty
Leila Bertrand ...
Hayley's Friend
Hepburn Graham ...
Boyfriend
...
...
Unemployment Benefit Clerk
Herbert Norville ...
Man in Pub
Brian Hoskin ...
Barman
Edit

Storyline

An odd film, primarily looking at how the dole affects the underclass in Britain. Tim Roth stars as Colin, a slow and possibly intellectually disabled man living with his parents and brother in a housing project. He and his sarcastic manipulative brother still behave like teenagers, living with their parents, harassing each other. The problem is that they are in their late teens or twenties. Neighborhood characters include Hayley, a young woman with a crush on Colin, and Coxy (Gary Oldman) a violent local skinhead who befriends Colin. Trouble ensues when their wealthy aunt gives Colin a job and his brother becomes jealous. Written by Don Smith <dsmith@health.org>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 July 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Időközben  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Gary Oldman suffered an eye injury on the set after one day at the rehearsal space (a factory) he and Tim Roth were throwing milk bottles around and suddenly Roth threw it up and it hit a fluorescent lighting strip which hit Gary. See more »

Quotes

Mark: Muppet.
Colin: I am not a Muppet.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mike Leigh and Meantime (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Star Journey
(uncredited)
Music by Christopher Evans Ironside
De Wolfe Music Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Make Meantime your time
21 January 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Meantime is one of my favorite amongst favorite films. It doesn't pretend to be something's it's not. This is a movie that deserves more exposure. Our three male leads, Daniels, Roth, and Oldman are excellent, but it's Daniel's powerful performance that excels in the acting honors. He and his slow brother, Roth, who's just great to watch act here, like their Mother and Father are, all on the dole. We even see what's it's like standing in line, in the dole office, amidst the frustration, anger and shame, that we see all too real in these offices. Daniels even blows his top to the office woman, after she quotes, "You're not making our jobs any easier" where he replies, "We're not talking about your jobs. We're talking about our jobs". But luck is looking up, when the Aunt offers, Colin (Roth) a job opportunity, which brings jealousy from Daniel's, who tries to sway him away from the job on his first day, where he actually goes to his place of employment, which is actually the Aunt's place, to paint her walls. See how hard this family's got it. Baldie/punk Oldman is like Daniel's sidekick, an over the top character, who makes a meal of his role, and in one scene where he crashes a girl's place with Roth, we're witness to some real scary type behavior where too it's just great acting. It's these actors that carry this movie, although we have great support too from everyone that carries their weight, including the versatile Molina as the much better off Aunt's, successful and snooty husband, where compared to the other family, they're living in paradise. The scene prior to Oldman's outburst, where he insults a black English guy while standing in an elevator with Roth was amusing, with Oldman cringing some, showed him to be really weak underneath. This black guy and his wife are brought into the story too, although they have no ties with the other players which was interesting I thought. There's so many interesting scenes in this film, though I can't imagine ever watching this without Daniels. I loved it when he and the father went toe to toe at the end, with the father just learning of the secret trip he took to the Aunt's, beating Colin who of course, nitwit that he is, got lost. It was an explosive acting moment, a scene every budding actor would love to do. And why did Daniels stay behind with the Aunt. Later the unhappy Aunt says to hubby on his return home, "John, did you ever fancy someone else", that kind of leaves our perverted imagination to run a little wild as to suggest Daniels and her were an item. Her harsh response at hubby who makes a dinner suggestion, was funny, where reading her face after, there's the trace of a smile, as though she's lifted off some heavy burden. The philosophical young housing contractor is something of a surprise too, finishing his sentences mostly with "Okay" and "Yeah". He prefers floors to chairs too when sitting. This is a must see film, to really see how the misfortunate tough it out. Director Leigh too is interesting, with the filming of some of his shots, e.g. a hallway scene where afar, the mother is trying to get the washing dryer to work. Other people enter the shot, hurrying into other rooms, whatever, only, we're only viewing them merely from the legs down. Some of Daniel's cheeky remarks, that run constant throughout, are priceless. He even nicknames his brother Kermit, the anthem following.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Great film CityRocker
A nice contrast ollie_clixby
Punk record jordancul
Tim Roth debut? seanpowell90
location phil-loughborough
muppet? snoopylover28
Discuss Meantime (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?