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Bob Hoskins (screenplay) &
Nicole De Wilde (screenplay)
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21 April 1989 (Denmark) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Dexter Fletcher ... Tom

Zoë Nathenson ... Jessie

Zoë Wanamaker ... Elle

Bob Hoskins ... Darky
Dave Hill ... Lamb

Ian McNeice ... The Farmer
Gawn Grainger ... The Officer

Jim Carter ... The Soldier
Veronica Clifford ... The Farmer's Wife
Rosemary Martin ... Becky
J.G. Devlin ... Jake
Jane Wood ... Vie
Ian Dury ... Weazel
Timmy Lang ... Simon (as Timothy Lang)

Jenny Platt ... The Little Girl (as Jennifer Platt)
Jana Badurova ... Farmer's Daughter
Tomas Badura ... Lou & Wag's Son
Ladislav Cihlar ... Youssel
Robert Cureja ... Peg's Child
Renata Curejova ... Peg's Child
Emma D'Inverno ... Carla
Alice Dvoráková ... Renee (as Alice Dvorakova)
Daniela Dvorakova ... Lou & Wag's Daughter
Perry Fenwick ... Victor
Steve Fletcher ... Clancy
Graham Fletcher-Cook ... Stanwich (as Graham Fletcher Cook)
Petr Gaglik ... Lou & Wag's Son
Ales Helcelet ... Gus
Josef Hruby ... Sid the Reject
Ruzena Jedlickova ... Aggie
Olga Jungova ... Rose

Valérie Kaplanová ... Doris (as Valerie Kaplanova)
Hana Kellnerova ... Farmer's Daughter
Viktorie Knotková ... Betty (as Viktorie Knotkova)
Anna Kreuzmannová ... Aunt Lolly (as Anna Kreuzmannova)
Michal Kuzera ... Peg's Son
Robinson Kuhn ... Rab
Ivan Kunesovi ... Renee's Son
Pavel Kunesovi ... Renee's Son
Lenka Machoninová ... Peg (as Lenka Machoninova)
Stanislav Nemec ... Lizard
Sammy Pasha ... Siddy Spunker

Veronica Quilligan ... Lou
Jana Robenkova ... Gracie
Jana Sedova ... Flo

Barbora Srncová ... Rita (as Barbora Srncova)

Zdenek Srstka ... Uncle Chopper
Alan Talbot ... Wag
John Tams ... Blakey
Melissa Wilkes ... Lilly
Rozporuplna Zena ... Woman at Fair

Directed by
Bob Hoskins 
Writing credits
Bob Hoskins (screenplay) &
Nicole De Wilde (screenplay)

Produced by
George Harrison .... executive producer
Denis O'Brien .... executive producer
Garth Thomas .... associate producer
Bob Weis .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Kamen 
Cinematography by
Frank Tidy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alan Jones 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
Production Design by
Jirí Matolín  (as Jiri Matolin)
Art Direction by
Jindrich Kocí  (as Jindrich Koci)
Costume Design by
Theodor Pistek  (as Theodor Pistek)
Makeup Department
Lois Burwell .... chief makeup artist
Ivana Chlostova .... chief hairdresser
Bozena Dosla .... hair stylist
Frantisek Prihoda .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jan Balzer .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Allan Elledge .... second assistant director (as Alan Elledge)
Krystof Hanzlík .... second assistant director
Luciano Sacripanti .... assistant director
Art Department
Kamil Busch .... props
Jaroslav Cesal .... props
Ivan Erneyi .... props (as Ivan Ernyei)
Bohumil Kadlec .... props
Rudolf Kinsky .... props
Jan Klima .... props
Karel Koci .... property master
Marek Sima .... props (as Marak Sima)
Sound Department
Kevin Beirne .... assistant sound editor
Paul Conway .... assistant dialogue editor
Paul Cridlin .... boom operator
Nigel Galt .... dialogue editor
David John .... sound mixer
Ray Merrin .... re-recording mixer
Jim Roddan .... sound editor
Bill Rowe .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Ricky Farns .... special effects technician
Garth Inns .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Tony Willis .... effects cameraman (uncredited)
Pavel Cajzl .... stunts
Jindrich Klaus .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
James Ainslie .... focus puller
Petr Cermak .... grip
Petr Hojda .... cameraman: second unit
Miroslav Jirsa .... still photographer
Vlastimil Kral .... grip
René Michalicka .... electrician (as Rene Michalicka)
Slavomir Mikovec .... electrician
Jaroslav Novák .... chief electrician (as Jaroslav Novak)
Micky Patten .... chief grip
Premsyl Provaznik .... electrician (as Premysl Provaznik)
Josef Rezác .... still photographer (as Josef Rezac)
Hugo Soukup .... electrician
Josef Valta .... electrician (as Josef Valka)
Jiri Vrana .... electrician
Petr Vranesic .... grip
John Ward .... camera operator
Vaclav Zajicek .... assistant camera
Milan Jirsa .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jan Prokop .... casting coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ivana Absolonova .... wardrobe assistant
Hana Kucerova .... wardrobe assistant
Zuzana Máchová .... wardrobe mistress (as Zuzana Machova)
Iveta Trmalova .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Miroslav Hájek .... assistant editor (as Miroslav Hajek)
Magda Hájková .... assistant editor (as Magda Hajkova)
Mark Mostyn .... first assistant editor
John Stanborough .... color grader
Guy Tannahill .... assistant editor
Ean Wood .... footsteps editor
Location Management
Hana Jarosová .... assistant location manager (as Hana Jarosova)
Petr Prejda .... location manager
Music Department
Maggie Bell .... creator: funeral lament
Maggie Bell .... musician: funeral lament
Stephen McLaughlin .... music mixer
Stephen McLaughlin .... music recordist
John Tams .... composer: additional music
John Tams .... composer: additional songs
John Tams .... producer: incidental music
Other crew
Bob Blues .... production accountant
Lesley Broderick .... assistant accountant
Václav Cajthaml .... studio executive: Filmstudio Barrandov (as Vaclav Cajthaml)
Joanna Campling .... publicity: Dennis Davidson Associates
Romana Cisarova .... production interpreter
Zdenka Gabalova .... production interpreter
Laura Grumitt .... production coordinator
Sue Hausner .... contact: London
Jana Hruskova .... clapperboard
Roy Jones .... wedding sequences staged by
Johana Kaplanova .... production secretary
Cheryl Leigh .... script supervisor
Mirek Lux .... production interpreter: chief (as Miroslav Lux)
Frantisek Michalek .... horse master
Daniela Staskova .... production secretary
Alan Talbot .... fight arranger
Dagmar Zelenková .... continuity (as Dagmar Zelenkova)
Robin Demetriou .... catering supervisor (uncredited)
Pauline Hume .... title designer (uncredited)
Jirí Janousek .... Handmade Films would like to thank: for enthusiasm and kind co-operation (as Jiri Janousek)
Rudolf Prokes .... Handmade Films would like to thank: for enthusiasm and kind co-operation

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103 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Interesting Work, One Of A Kind., 21 March 2005
Author: rsoonsa ( from Mountain Mesa, California

Interesting Work, One Of A Kind.

For the dubious delights ostensibly a portion of being a director, Bob Hoskins as his first effort selects a highly symbolic subject set in an unidentified nation suffering from a long-term war during the mid-20th century, with an eclectic assemblage of Gypsies as the center of the scenario that depicts the group's determined efforts to avoid becoming involved in the strife, and additionally of a young army deserter whose plight causes him to follow the Rom caravan, with attendant amorous and other dramatic complications at issue. The former soldier, Tom (Dexter Fletcher), has his face gaudily painted and his body adorned with a woman's frock by a little girl who has become deranged after her family's slaughter for sheltering another deserter and after he enters their camp, his garish appearance convinces the Gypsies that the visitor is a madwoman (Rawney), his story based upon a combination of legends cobbled together by Hoskins who co-scripts and casts himself as Darky, leader of the Traveling entourage. It is a unique film, and a viewer will not be able to easily rely upon established frames of reference when watching it, lest one lose one's aesthetic bearings, the Romani genealogical background of Hoskins being apparent in his positive attitudes toward the Gypsies, although there are substantial compromises made for commercial reasons, and inaccuracies abound throughout, particularly in relation to the music that is quite wonderful and also quite largely Celtic and English. Blessed with a wealth of strong imagery and incident, the piece is performed well by the cast, including many Czechs, as it was shot in the former Czechoslovakia, with Zoë Nathenson and Gawn Grainger earning the acting laurels, the former for her splendid turn as a young Gypsy woman who sees through the Rawney's disguise and takes advantage of her secret knowledge, the latter as the commanding officer of the local rampaging military force. A funeral scene is unforgettable and many others remain forward in the memory, including a spirited but unGypsy-like wedding and predominant are stereotypical aspects of supposed Rom or Traveller life, but on balance the direction, acting, music and top-notch post-production work place the film in a category of its own, one that a true cinephile may wish to own.

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