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The Krays (1990)

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



Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Jack 'The Hat' McVitie
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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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Release Date:

9 November 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Kray fivérek  »

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Reggie Kray reportedly wrote regular fan letters to Martin Kemp. See more »


When Ronnie pulls up outside the pub to kill Cornell and looks at his gun, reflection of boom mic and crew visible in chrome on car door. See more »


[to Ronnie and Reggie, aged three]
Violet Kray: Who loves you, eh? That's right, Mummy loves you, you little monsters. Mummy loves you more than anything - more than all the cakes, more than all the jewellery, more than all the chocolate in the world.
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The Krays probably would have liked their film.
8 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

I watched the film in the context of a historical study into London and its underworld from the 18th to 20th centuries, so I apologise in advance if this review seems overly academic.

The Krays were a fascinating pair, and this film shows the continuing interest in their lives and crimes, which has continued past their deaths. The film accurately shows the individual quirks and fascinations of the brothers while remaining a drama, rather than a documentary (and there are quite a few about).

The enormous presence of the Krays in London history is proven by the Monty Python sketch on the Pirhana Brothers, Doug and Dinsdale - made a single year after the Krays were imprisoned. If you don't know it, it's worth a look-see.

Martin and Gary Kemp, seasoned performers themselves were chillingly well-cast as the twins, who used the media themselves to promote their place as "Diamond Geezers" in East End London. The Krays themselves served as advisors on the film, with the Kemps visiting them in prison to meet and learn about their role from them.

From what I've read about them, I think the Krays would have liked this film about them, especially that proper brothers - twins, in fact - were playing them.

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By the way, the copy of the film I borrowed had a special cover which had a pocket over the name "The Krays" with 'blood' (red fluid) in it. It suited the film and subject matter well - one up for the designers.

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