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Ron Peck (writer)
Mark Ayres (writer)
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Release Date:
April 1988 (USA) See more »
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Forgotten exploration of East End criminal life See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order)
Cathryn Harrison ... Marion
Jason Hoganson ... Pete

Glen Murphy ... Vincenzo

Jamie Foreman ... Danny
Emily Bolton ... Susan
Ian Sears ... Paul

Martin Landau ... Chuck

Lorcan Cranitch ... Richard

Ray McAnally ... Frank
Lee Drysdale ... Rent-boy
Jenny Bolt ... Tricia

Jimmy Flint ... Billy
John Levitt ... Harry

Ian McCurrach ... 'Metropolis' editor
Elizabeth Hickling ... Cheryl
Alan Talbot ... Billy Senior
Stuart Turton ... Roy
Jay Simpson ... Jeff

Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Punter in cafe
David Lyon ... Mr. Cavendish
Tristram Wymark ... Tom
Tim Brierley ... Wellington Home-Ryder
Eric Gold ... Man
Perry Fenwick ... Darren
Ron Berry ... Trainer
Josephine Melville ... Secretary
Debbie Killingback ... Gaynor
David Rhule ... Ken

Sadie Frost ... Tracy
Gary Webster ... Paul's man
Clare McIntyre ... Businesswoman
Steve Ausden ... Bouncer
Stanford Calaman ... Hollywood barman

James Simmons ... Businessman

Michael Müller ... Businessman

Ronan Vibert ... Businessman
Melita Clarke ... Receptionist
Doreen Taylor ... Cloak lady
Harry Walker ... George the Book
Terence Plummer ... Big Red
David Forman ... Stevie Kwon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Derek Lyons ... Julian Trustcard
Jason Buckham ... Clubber (uncredited)
Matthew Buckham ... Clubber (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Man in Club (uncredited)

Eddie Marsan ... Clubber (uncredited)

Directed by
Ron Peck 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Ayres  writer
Ron Peck  writer

Produced by
Mark Ayres .... executive producer
Norma Heyman .... producer
Glen Murphy .... associate producer
Original Music by
Stephen W. Parsons  (as Steve Parsons)
Cinematography by
Tony Imi 
Film Editing by
Chris Kelly 
Casting by
Sheila Trezise 
Production Design by
Adrian Smith 
Art Direction by
Simon Basketter 
Val Wolstenholme  (as Val Wolstenholm)
Costume Design by
William Pierce 
Makeup Department
Anne Spiers .... makeup designer (as Annie Spiers)
Sound Department
Ken Weston .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Allwork .... aerial photographer
Tony White .... camera operator

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104 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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The now much more well-known Eddie Marsan can been clearly seen on the nightclub's dance floor.See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Forgotten exploration of East End criminal life, 9 December 2011
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

A film that plays out over the course of a single day and night, following the misadventures of various peoples whose lives are entwined with the titular nightclub. Your enjoyment of EMPIRE STATE will depend on how much you enjoy watching an evocation of '80s-era East End London, seeing as the movie is chock full of dated locales, fashions and dialogue, especially during the latter interludes set within the nightclub itself.

Plot elements are familiar from anyone who's seen the type of gangster flicks favoured by Guy Ritchie; there's drug dealing aplenty, along with gambling and illegal hand-to-hand fights. The film is a thriller and it certainly held my attention throughout, although that was partly due to the expectation of drama that never really arose. British viewers will spend half of the film struggling to remember the name of that actor they recognise from one British TV show or the other. There is also, unusually, a strong homosexual angle to the plot, as most of the main characters seem to be rent boys and even the imported American star (Martin Landau) gets up to some dodgy goings-on in his hotel room. The director, Ron Peck, appears to be an important figure in British gay cinema. This one-of-a-kind movie is understandably obscure by modern standards.

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