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The Krays (1990)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  9 November 1990 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Cornwell ...
Avis Bunnage ...
Alfred Lynch ...
Cannonball Lee
Mrs. Lawson
Mr. Lawson
Eddie Pellam


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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Release Date:

9 November 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Kray fivérek  »

Box Office


$2,060,847 (USA)

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Did You Know?


One of the poems read in the early portion of the film, when the Krays are still children, is "Alone" by Edgar Allan Poe, the last line of which, "Of a demon in my view", hints at the evil of the Kray boys. See more »


At 93m 22s just before one of the gang offers the grieving Reggie a sandwich, the boom mike appears above the head of Gary Kemp (Ronnie). See more »


Palendri: I love London - it's so wonderfully dirty. And The Beatles - I adore The Beatles. You know The Beatles?
Reggie Kray: No
Ronald Kray: I believe they know us.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gorgo (1998) See more »


Walk Away
Performed by Matt Monro
Written by Udo Jürgens and Don Black
Published by Ardmore and Beechwood Ltd
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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Impressively underrated.
30 March 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I hadn't seen the ratings on IMDb until after watching the movie itself. I have to say, that is some harsh reviews there. The whole film was indeed enjoyable, it portrayed the Krays and London gang-lands as a whole, very well. There were moments in the film where it became very boring and quite monotonous, in the sense that it seemed as if it were never going to end, but the last thirty minutes really makes the film worth watching. After seeing Goodfellas and hearing that it was a lot like that but a little less funny and, of course, a lot more English-based, I expected quite a lot. Nevertheless, this film still surprised me and maintained to keep me on edge throughout the entirety of its showing. If I could give it any rating, I'd give it around 7.6, but I'd have to round this to 8. It's a brilliant film and it doesn't merely deserve 6.6 overall.

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