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Riff-Raff (1991)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 February 1993 (USA)
The story of Stevie, a construction worker, and his girlfriend, an unemployed pop singer, serves to show the living conditions of the British poor class

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Stevie
Emer McCourt ...
Susan
Jim R. Coleman ...
Shem (as Jimmy Coleman)
George Moss ...
Mo
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Larry
David Finch ...
Kevin
Richard Belgrave ...
Kojo
Ade Sapara ...
Fiaman
Derek Young ...
Desmonde
Bill Moores ...
Smurph
Luke Kelly ...
Ken Jones
Gary Lammin ...
Mick (as Garrie J. Lammin)
Willie Ross ...
Gus Siddon
Dean Perry ...
Wilf
Dylan O'Mahony ...
Youth
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The story of Stevie, a construction worker, and his girlfriend, an unemployed pop singer, serves to show the living conditions of the British poor class Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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$295,444 (USA)
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The accents of the characters was so heavy that the film provided subtitles, even for British audiences. See more »

Goofs

Between 7:56 and 8:00 minutes into the movie, as Robert Carlyle enters his squat for the first time, you can clearly see the boom under the ceiling and the boom operator on the left as Robert walks by. See more »

Quotes

Larry: Can anyone explain to me why someone's got to make a profit every time you boil a kettle, every time your kid has a drink of water or every time a pensioner has a warm by a gas fire?
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Soundtracks

The Sun Has Got His Hat On
Composed by Ralph T. Butler (as Ralph Butler) and Noel Gay
Performed by Emer McCourt
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Tough in the trenches.
21 April 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

In some ways I felt as though I'd died and gone to heaven the first time I saw Riff Raff, an out and out honest look at working class men of varied, and sometimes dubious, backgrounds connected through their work on a construction sight in London.

The cast of characters defines the term 'mixed bag'. I couldn't help but think of a half dozen or so Archie Bunkers on the job site, each one with their own set of priorities, talking about the most important thing in the world, to no one but himself. It all brings a smile to my face.

Our closest look is at Stevie (Robert Carlyle of "The Full Monty"), a former petty thief, who works with a crew converting condos for the nouveau riche, while he's forced to break into an abandoned building just to find a place to squat.

Director Ken Loach expertly focuses on the lower class in Britain (witness his brilliant 1999 feature-"My Name is Joe") where the honesty laced with humor of his viewpoint tends to provide humanity to an otherwise ignored sect. To shine a bit of light on an otherwise dismal existence as it may.

Loach's characters are never overly redemptive: they don't hit the lottery; aren't left millions by a dead aunt; or marry a rich suitor. And the ending here is a bit short, trite. But they usually come through the film a little stronger having weathered their travails, feeling a little better about themselves. I dare say we come through feeling a little better about ourselves as well.


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