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London Kills Me (1991)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  13 December 1991 (UK)
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For want of a nail a shoe was lost, for want of a shoe... a young man's life is almost lost, which is exactly what this film is all about: a man barely twenty who wants desperately to pull ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hemingway the Restaurant Manager
Stevan Rimkus ...
Tom Tom
Emer McCourt ...
Joseph Alessi ...
Plainclothes Policeman
Plainclothes Policeman
Ben Peel ...
DJ at Party
Black Man at Party
Oliver Kester ...
Black Thug at Party
Paudge Behan ...
White Thug at Party


For want of a nail a shoe was lost, for want of a shoe... a young man's life is almost lost, which is exactly what this film is all about: a man barely twenty who wants desperately to pull out of London's drug world by taking a job as a waiter in a 'normal' restaurant. But to do this he must come up with a "sensible pair of shoes," an item that his homeless meanderings hasn't provided him. In fact, the shoes become a symbol of his striving to break away from those, like himself, who are caught up in the tragedy of drugs and lasciviousness which is so aptly described... sometimes graphically, always realistically... in this film. Written by BOB STEBBINS <>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for drug use, language and some nudity | See all certifications »




Release Date:

13 December 1991 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

London Kills Me - levottomat jalat  »

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$170,667 (USA)

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I was in this movie
6 July 2004 | by (Bob Morrell, Tonbridge, England) – See all my reviews

as an extra. To be honest I always thought it would be bad - and sure enough - it is. Hanif was pretty well organised on set - but his 2nd Assistant did more. I thought Justin Chadwick was mis-cast. I am in the last scene in the cafe and I am badly cut earlier on - walking past the cafe then suddenly leaping back 10 paces (only I would notice though)

The problem with it is that even with Brad Dourif in it (met him - nice guy) the film has absolutely no international appeal whatsoever. It is so mired in the late eighties - early nineties that is has no universality and the world it portrays - a rather dull UK with a wasted Alun Armstrong as an Elvis impersonator - is completely misleading for any international viewer.

It's interesting that Hanif hasn't flooded the world since with stuff he's directed - no surprise on this evidence - he's a great writer - stick to that.

The £90 I got went on fares and food - shame it didn't put me off a career as an actor - might have stopped me wasting 2 years at drama school!

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