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

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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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9 November 1990 (USA)  »

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A Kray fivérek  »

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$2,060,847 (USA)
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Trivia

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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Frances' parents' 1960s living room has wall-to-wall carpeting which was not common in ordinary British homes (especially of the middle-aged generation) until the 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Pellam: It's Cornell.
Charlie Pellam: Oh, what does he want? I thought he wasn't supposed to leave his coffin when the sun was up.
[Cornell storms into the scrapyard office, clutching a newspaper]
George Cornell: Those Kray brothers are getting on my tits.
[Charlie sends the secretary out]
Charlie Pellam: You know, Cornell, it's amazing you can walk at all with your foot in your mouth so much.
[Cornell throws his newspaper onto the desk. A photo of the Krays is on it with the titles "Krays join crime fight" and "Businessmen aid charity boxing night"]
George Cornell: ...
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Referenced in Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (2008) See more »

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Bittersweet
Written by Chris Rea
Published by Warner Chappels Music
By Arrangement with Chappell Music 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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