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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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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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A Kray fivérek  »

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$2,060,847 (USA)
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When he was killed George Cornell was 38 years old but Steven Berkoff was around 52 to 53 when he filmed this role. See more »

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In the boxing scene at the fairground, the twins' are portrayed as young adults and that the fight between them transpires after Ronnie knocks out the prize fighter - this incident actually took place when they were both small boys. The ringmaster shouted to the crowd if anyone wanted to take on the show fighter and the young Ronnie Kray shouted that he'd fight him. Amid much laughter, the referee pointedly said he was a bit young - whereupon Reggie stepped up and challenged his brother. They fought gamely, and were both awarded half a crown for their efforts; this was also the bout that led to their later semi-professional careers as pugilists. 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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Written by Rod Argent
Published by Marquis Music
Licensed by Marquis Enterprises
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Solidly made gangster biopic avoids the usual clichés
12 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A straightforward biopic of the infamous Kray twins, a pair of gangsters who ruled London's East End in the 1950s and 1960s. For a film made in 1990, THE KRAYS is certainly a grisly tale in places, with unflinching depictions of the kind of psychotic violence that the brothers were known for.

It's also solidly made, a decent biopic that attempts to flesh out the characters and their milieu in detail without an extra-long running time. I think the biggest coup was in casting pop star duo Gary and Martin Kemp as the titular characters; their acting is perfectly adequate for the role and it's hard to imagine who else would have fit the bill quite so well. Billie Whitelaw (TWISTED NERVE) also gives an impressive turn as their crazed mother.

The script is strong and realistic, depicting the passing of the years in pre and post-WW2 London with skill, and the casting director has a keen eye for finding memorable actors. The sub-plot, involving Reggie's wife Frances, is particularly well handled with unlikely sensibility. My only issue is that the film runs out of time at the end, not even depicting the crucial arrests that led to the brothers' downfall; an extra 20 minutes at the climax would have made all the difference.


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