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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack 'The Hat' McVitie
Charlotte Cornwell ...
Avis Bunnage ...


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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Release Date:

9 November 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Kray fivérek  »

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1.85 : 1
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Bob Hoskins, who had played Ronnie Kray on stage, was offered the role of Reggie Kray opposite Robert Duvall. See more »


Modern 1980's cars can be seen in some shots, particularly when Frances is running down the street and in the long shot when she and Reg are kissing in the back garden. 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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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »


Written by Chris Rea
Published by Warner Chappels Music
By Arrangement with Chappell Music Ltd.
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It`s The Steven Berkoff Show
9 July 2002 | by 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

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