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The Krays (1990)

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This fact-based movie follows the life of the twin crime-lords in London's 60's underworld.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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The life of a pair of twins (Ronald and Reginald Kray) who were born in London in 1934 and when they grew up became gangsters selling protection. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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9 November 1990 (USA)  »

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A Kray fivérek  »

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$2,060,847 (USA)
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The real Reggie Kray suggested that Patsy Kensit read for the role of his wife Frances, but she declined. The part was later played by Kate Hardie See more »

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Modern 1980's cars can be seen in some shots, particularly when Frances is running down the street and in the long shot when she and Reg are kissing in the back garden. See more »

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[Ronnie and Reggie hold down the Italian gangster on the snooker table after he has demanded protection money]
Ronald Kray: You go back and you tell Rutherman no-one fucks with us. This is nothing. Give me your hand. Do it!
[Ronnie sticks a sword through the gangster's hand and twists it. Blood drips from the snooker table]
Italian Gangster: [screams]
Reggie Kray: Just show him this and tell him we let you off lightly. Hear me? Say "thank you".
Ronald Kray: Say "thank you".
Reggie Kray: Say "thank you".
Italian Gangster: [screams] Thank you.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gorgo (1998) See more »

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Walk Away
Performed by Matt Monro (as Matt Munro)
Written by Udo Jürgens (as Udo Jergen) and Don Black
Published by Ardmore and Beechwood Ltd
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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It`s The Steven Berkoff Show
9 July 2002 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Do I detect that Steven Berkoff was slightly put out at appearing in this ? He must have since he tends to ruin THE KRAYS with some of the hammiest acting ever seen on film . For each and every scene he appears in he goes so over the top that he`s in danger of going out of orbit. Witness the scene in the scrapyard : " These Krays are getting on my T***. Wot`d I want you to do ? Get a gun . Bang bang end off . Shoot the F****** B******* they`re just a pair of nancy boys , all they care about is wot they look like " . Possibly the worst ham acting in history . Abysmal . If Berkoff was upset at playing a mere supporting character in a low budget Brit flick then he should have turned the part down instead of showing off like that .

But apart from Berkoff - Whose hysterical performance is very funny for all the wrong reasons - THE KRAYS still isn`t very good as far as gangster films go . The real life Ronnnie and Reggie were totally feared in the East End of London , but this film doesn`t tell us much about them. Worse than that the film falls into the trap of glorifying them both . Even today people who knew them still defend them with the old cliches " They was cruel but fair. They stuck to their own. They didn`t hurt woman or kids " . Yeah yeah whatever . There`s also some subtext about sisterhood with the Krays mother and aunt but it`s so vague it`s just confusing

" Goodnight girls "


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