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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 '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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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 »

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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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George Cornell: Well, well, well, all the pretty boys together, eh?
Steve: Piss off, Cornell.
George Cornell: How's your boyfriend, lately? Still in tears over his auntie?
Steve: You wanna watch your mouth.
George Cornell: You what?
Steve: I said, you wanna your mouth.
George Cornell: [grabbing him] Poofs don't warn anyone! You listening? You tell your fat poof friend he doesn't scare me! Oh, he's bringing over his Yankee friends from America, getting ideas a bit above his station, inn'he? Well, tell him he can own all he likes, but he's still tied to his mother's apron strings....
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Written by Chris Rea
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By Arrangement with Chappell Music 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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