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The Krays (1990)

This fact-based movie follows the life of the twin crime-lords in London's '60s 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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Biography | Crime | Drama

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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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Trivia

Bob Hoskins, who had played Ronnie Kray on stage, was offered the role of Reggie Kray opposite Robert Duvall. See more »

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Frances' parents' 1960s living room has wall-to-wall carpeting which was not common in ordinary British homes (especially of the middle-aged generation) until the 1970s. See more »

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[the policeman enters Violet Kray's house, looking for her husband Charlie. He trips over a broom in the hallway]
Policeman: That is a lethal weapon, that is.
Violet Kray: Housework is a lethal business, Constable.
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »

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Balling the Jack
Performed by Jimmy Jewel
Written by Chris Smith and Jim Burris (as James Burris)
Published by Frances Day and Hunter Ltd
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Impressive.
9 October 2000 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This was an impressive movie: stylish, well played and atmospheric.

The greatest revelation was the talent of the Kemp Brothers (ex-Spandau Ballet) who were absolutely marvelous as the notorious Kray Twins. They portrayed the mixture of glamour, ruthlessness and family loyalty of these two brothers with much conviction.

The storyline seemed a little vague at times, and glossed over one or two episodes, but this was probably due to the compression of facts and didn't mar the feel of the movie as a whole. Quite frankly, it probably would have taken a mini-series to document all the things the real Twins were up to.

Billie Whitelaw was a standout as Violet Kray. Steven Berkoff over-acted as usual. Tom Bell was wonderful as always.

Not to be taken as absolute fact but is interestingly done and certainly gives an idea of the story behind these two well known villains.


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