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Dirty Weekend (1993)

Shortly after she moves into her own flat in Brighton, Bella finds she is being spied on and generally harassed by a man living across from her. Finally driven to solving the problem with a... See full summary »

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Bella
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Tim
Michael Cule ...
Norman
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Reggie
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Small One
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The Quiet One
Nicholas Hewetson ...
Bitter One
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Serial Killer
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David
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Bascombe
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Nimrod
Shaughan Seymour ...
Charles
Mark Burns ...
Mr. Brown
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Stan
Matthew Long ...
Gun Shop Assistant
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Shortly after she moves into her own flat in Brighton, Bella finds she is being spied on and generally harassed by a man living across from her. Finally driven to solving the problem with a hammer, she realises she is then ready for a crusade against other such problem males. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Bella has decided to take out a few men.

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11 July 1997 (USA)  »

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Death is Waiting  »

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Trivia

On the board on the front of the gun shop, the telephone number has had the area code changed from 0727, St. Albans, Hertfordshire to 0273, Brighton, East Sussex where the film is set. See more »

Goofs

At the country pub when Bella is talking to Mr Brown before he drives away: Bella's shadow on the car shows that the lighting is from the left but in the next shot as Mr Brown drives away the natural shadows are in the opposite direction. See more »

Quotes

Bella: Percy's dribbling...
Norman: Well at least he tried.
Bella: Better to have tried and failed than not to have tried at all, I suppose.
Norman: Actually...
Bella: Yes Norman?
Norman: Merely to achieve erection isn't that important, as it happens.
Bella: Says who?
Norman: My analyst.
Bella: Well he would though, wouldn't he?
[Bella turns to Norman and laughs sarcastically]
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References Mean Streets (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Motorcycle Emptiness
written by James Bradfield, Richard Edwards, Nick Jones, and Sean Moore
published by Sony Music Publishing
performed by The Manic Street Preachers
courtesy of Columbia Records
Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd
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Great film
1 February 2011 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Dirty weekend is a very well made film- as you would expect from Michael Winner. To sum it up, it is basically a feminist version of Death Wish about a woman who gets pushed around, experiences her own powerlessness and one day decides she's had enough. Needless to say that she then spends a weekend with a gun meeting a lot of creeps. Some of ther performances are great. David McCallum as psyohopathic dentist alone is worth watching the film. As always Winner plays effectively with audience by getting us to actually want her to pull the trigger. Of course, it is all black/and white in terms of morals and the likelihood of meeting such an assortment of scumbags in one weekend is not really that big. But all in all the film is well made. What impressed me most was the very effective use of music in the film. I found it remarkable that the French film "Baise Moi" allegedly a feminist masterpiece is a shameless rip off of Dirty Weekend, lifting complete scenbes from Winner's film.


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