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

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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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When People are afraid of you, You can do anything. Remember that. See more »

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9 November 1990 (USA)  »

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$2,060,847 (USA)
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Roger Daltrey had originally intended to produce a film about the Kray twins life after acquiring the rights to John Pearson's book "The Profession Of Violence". His intended casting was Hywel Bennett as Ronnie and Gerry Sundquist as Reggie, with Billy Murray as Charlie and Jean Alexander as the Kray's mother Violet. The idea was abandoned however once the Peter Medak version was announced. See more »

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Ronnie was in hiding when Frances died,and didn't attend her funeral. 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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Walk Away
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Written by Udo Jürgens and Don Black
Published by Ardmore and Beechwood Ltd
Courtesy of EMI Records 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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