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Jim Allen (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 October 1993 (France) See more »
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Plot:
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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A natural and convincing story about the traps of poverty and the spirit of the poor 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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Featured in Violence and the Censors (1995) (TV)See more »
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Nasty (Terrorise Mix)See more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A natural and convincing story about the traps of poverty and the spirit of the poor, 4 August 2006
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Bob Williams is one of many unemployed in his area and faced with doing cash-in-hand work and odd jobs to keep his family's heads above water. Regardless of his and his wife's hardships they are both committed Catholics. His daughter is having her first communion and Bob wants her to fit in with the others – meaning a new dress and shoes which will total about £100. His attempts to raise the money mostly brings very small reward and frustration. Meanwhile his luck runs nothing but bad and his van is stolen – limiting his ability to pick up jobs and get around. As his debts rise, so do his troubles and his desperation.

The type of film that Ken Loach made his name directing, this film is a touching and natural ode to the spirit of the poor man. The plot is not so much a typical day in the life as a dramatic piece that follows the downward spiral of Bob as a representation of how life on the breadline is one challenge after another. In Bob's life an one-off expense of £100 is a major incident to be gotten through rather than the inconvenience that it is for the majority of us. The film does a very good job of portraying it – it isn't a film noir descent into crime but rather just the spirit of a man fighting to pay the bills. Most of us will have had this at some point but few of us can relate to those that get by daily on odd-jobs and going door-to-door; however the script here lays it out convincingly and naturally, easily allowing me to get into the lives before me. In this regard it is impacting because the humour and desperation of the people is convincing and their day-to-day situation dire.

The cast all take the material and run with it and there are few here that I didn't totally believe. Jones wears the character like a second skin and fits into it really well. His desperation is well complemented by Tomlinson who adds the comic spirit to the bottom classes. The rest of the cast are solid despite not having the limelight in the same way. Brown is good despite having the very occasional rare moment. Phoenix is sweet and natural and the rest of the cast feel mostly real. Loach's direction is grainy and fits the world his story is in.

I hate to use the words over and over again but this is a convincing and natural story and it is touching and engaging as a result. It does a great job of capturing the spirit of the poor, making the best of what they have – but not ever ignoring the fact that Bob et al are the type of shifty people who you wouldn't want to mess with.

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