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Stormy Monday (1988)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Music  |  May 1988 (USA)
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When a corrupt American businessman tries to strong arm his way into businesses in Newcastle, England, he is thwarted by an club attendant and his waitress girlfriend.



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Brendan takes a job as janitor for Finney, who runs a jazz nightclub in the Northern English city of Newcastle. But Finney is being pressured to sell his club, and Brendan soon provides non-janitorial services to Finney. Soon his rival's American boss Cosmo comes to town, while Brendan begins to fall in love with Kate, an escort working for Cosmo. Written by Reid Gagle

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The Most Dangerous Choices Are Made With The Heart


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Release Date:

May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Burzliwy poniedzialek  »

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$1,791,328 (USA)

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I've Been Loving You Too Long
Performed by Otis Redding
Words and Music by Otis Redding and Jerry Butler
Used by permission of Greenwich Music Limited
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Coolest Brit film of the decade.
30 August 1999 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I have seen this film a few times since it came out more than ten years ago. I think it is seriously underrated. It has a great Jazz soundtrack written by Mike Figgis, the director (who went on to make Leaving Las Vegas). A brilliant cast: Sean Bean, Melanie Griffith, Tommy Lee Jones and Sting. It has a film noir feel throughout that fits the post-industrial Newcastle setting very well (lots of great location shots BTW). Last of all, the beautifully paced editing, which is just icing on the cake.

I can't help but notice that this film is not polling too well at the moment (averaging 6.5 out of 10.0), perhaps it's the slightly anti-American subtext?

While I didn't notice any direct references to this film in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (apart from Sting doing an above average acting job in both of them). I think they would make a great double feature.

Worth it for the soundtrack alone : 9/10.

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