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Dirty Weekend (1993)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  11 July 1997 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lia Williams ...
Bella
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Tim
Michael Cule ...
Norman
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Reggie
Christopher Ryan ...
Small One
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The Quiet One
Nicholas Hewetson ...
Bitter One
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Serial Killer
Jack Galloway ...
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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Dirty weekend - likainen viikonloppu  »

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Trivia

The white BMW, registration number G716 SKX, that can be seen parked outside David's house, is the same BMW driven by Mr Brown later in the film. 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 »

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Bitter One: [the three men are molesting an elderly homeless lady] Eugh she's got warts!
Small One: Witches... have warts.
Bitter One: What we have here is an environmental problem.
The Quiet One: So how do we solve it?
Bitter One: Lets burn the witch!
The Quiet One: Ashes to ashes...
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Bella
Written by Don Black and David Fanshawe
Sung by Tony Burrows
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Enough is enough.
6 June 2008 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Controversial? What's the big deal? Sure it comes across as tasteless, perverse and unsavoury, but really the underlining black humour in the smarting script and a revenge fantasy layout does mildly soften the savage intentions. When released; the British (sort-of) feminine vigilante 'Dirty Weekend' caused a real uproar. I seen it labelled as pornographic, but it doesn't really come close. It can get dark, daring and nasty, but never arouses. The raving screenplay by Michael Winner and Helen Zahavi (which it's based upon her novel) is lyrically intrusive, can be offbeat, grotesque (you'll know when) and wears its feminist liberation proudly. Surprisingly I thought it was well thought out even with some patchy inclusions and silly developments. However the absurdity it succumbs to makes for an uneven balance between the humour and serious matter. The waxing between the characters was always amusing, especially when the tables are finally turned. Watching the vulnerable nature of our single female protagonist slowly transform and breathe growing confidence (going from a shivering victim to a sardonic murderer) is done in a wonderfully hardy portrayal by Lia Williams. Some might finde her superficially bland, but I found her suitably incisive. The majority of the men come off as filth, unpleasant and sleazy. David McCallum is substantially good as the fractious dentist and Rufus Sewell is fairly unnerving as the grubby pervert. Sean Pertwee also gets a taste of his own medicine. Director Michael Winner's frank handling is gusty and his sledgehammer approach productively works along side the no-holds barred material. Sometimes the way it was shot it felt like a cheap TV movie. Mainly due to the editing. While the crude violence has a malicious streak, it isn't overly explicit or even convincing, but it can evoke severity. David Fanshawe's eclectically uncanny and soulful music score is an odd one to behold. At times it has a majestic air, but other cues are a complete mess. Interesting low-brow and misogynistic exploitation nonetheless.


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