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Jim Allen (screenplay)
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6 October 1993 (France) See more »
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This Ken Loach film tells the story of a man devoted to his family and his religion. Proud, though poor... See more » | Add synopsis »
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8 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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When you are a worker, it rains stones seven days a week. See more (19 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Ken Loach 
 
Writing credits
Jim Allen (screenplay)

Produced by
Sally Hibbin .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stewart Copeland 
 
Cinematography by
Barry Ackroyd 
 
Film Editing by
Jonathan Morris 
 
Production Design by
Martin Johnson 
 
Art Direction by
Fergus Clegg 
 
Costume Design by
Anne Sinclair 
 
Makeup Department
Louise Fisher .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lesley Stewart .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Gilchrist .... second assistant director
Tommy Gormley .... first assistant director
Ben Johnson .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Simon Dalton .... property master
Nick Goodall .... construction crew
Stephen Hargreaves .... construction manager
James Morgan .... property master
John Newman .... construction crew
John Newman .... construction worker
Adrian Start .... construction crew
Adrian Start .... worker
Paul Whitelock .... construction worker
 
Sound Department
Ray Beckett .... sound mixer
Kevin Brazier .... dubbing editor
Ben Brookes .... sound assistant
Karen Jones .... boom operator
David Old .... dubbing mixer
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Perry Davey .... stunt arranger
Mark Southworth .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Beckerman .... camera trainee
Paul Chedlow .... still photographer
Clive Freeth .... electrician
Baz Irvine .... clapper loader
Paul Nash .... focus puller (as Paul Grech-Ellul)
Steve Pochetty .... electrician
Dominic Seal .... gaffer
Malcolm Keys .... electrician (uncredited)
Paul Nash .... b camera operator - uncredited (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Anthony Morris .... assistant editor
Kimaathi Spence .... editorial trainee
Colin Coull .... color grader (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jeff Seitz .... music recording engineer
 
Other crew
David Allen .... production assistant
Jeff Bowen .... location manager
Wendy Ellerker .... production accountant
Lauren Gordon .... chaperone
Stephen Grosz .... production attorney
Susanna Lenton .... continuity
Wendy Lilly .... contact: London
Paula McBreen .... production assistant
Shellie Smith .... production coordinator
Graham Tew .... supplies
Michael Ward Jr. .... production assistant
Michael Ward Sr. .... production assistant
Mick Ward .... floor runner (uncredited)
 
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90 min
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When you are a worker, it rains stones seven days a week., 29 March 2013
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Raining Stones is directed by Ken Loach and written by Jim Allen. It stars Bruce Jones, Julie Brown, Ricky Tomlinson, Tom Hickey, Mike Fallon and Jonathan James. Music is by Stewart Copeland and cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.

Northern England and as unemployment bites hard, Bob (Jones) frets about finding the money for his daughter's communion dress...

It's classical Loach, an awareness of the lower to working class lifestyle during a politically turbulent time. As is the great director's want, realism leaps out from every frame, earthy humour is evident and Loach draws you into his kitchen sink world with ease. Raining Stones has no political agenda as such, it's primary focus is the people, specifically examining how a basically honest hard working man has pride in abundance but little brains in accompaniment. And we all know what pride comes before...

The structure is simple, an hour of film lets us know the principal players, their surroundings and their beliefs. Humour dominates the narrative at this point, be it nutty ideas like stealing a sheep off of the Moors to sell to the butcher - Bob's date with a sewer drain - and Tommy (Tomlinson) showing his ass and genitals to an overhead police helicopter! There are scenes and snatches of dialogue that genuinely bring the laughs. Yet lurking in the background is the palpable sense of things about to turn bad, which is the case of course, and the film shifts for its last third into dramatic thriller mode.

Religion is a feature, but again it's not something that Loach wants to use as a tool for head beating. In fact it's refreshing that the portrayal of Father Barry (Hickey excellent), who is the glue that binds his unemployed flock together, is not about pious pontificating, he's very aware of the times and happy to share a glass of whiskey with Bob and offer up some surprising advice. Cast performances are across the board great, something which is another trait of Loach's direction, while Ackroyd's photography around the Middleton, Rochdale locale is suitable stripped back to reveal a climate of struggle.

A must for anyone with a kink for Loach's type of story telling, Raining Stones is another fine entry on his considerable CV. 8/10

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