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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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A human document of considerable strength 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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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A human document of considerable strength, 30 May 2005
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Bob (Bruce Jones) is on the dole. With barely enough money to pay his rent, he is still determined to buy his daughter Coleen (Gemma Phoenix) a new dress for Communion, an investment of a few hundred pounds. The truth of the characters and an authentic script by Jim Allen lifts Ken Loach's 1993 drama Raining Stones out of the ordinary and makes it a human document of considerable strength. Bob's spirit propels the story and allows us to root for him as he tries to overcome his failure to find the means to fulfill his wishes for his daughter.

As the film opens, Bob and his friend Tommy (Tomlinson) steal a sheep from the countryside but cannot bring themselves to kill it. Instead they bring it to the butcher who tells them that it is mutton, not lamb and it is worthless to him. When they attempt to sell it piece-by-piece at the local tavern, they leave the keys in the ignition and Bob's van is stolen. Bob goes from one misadventure to another, from stealing sod from a golf course for a landscape gardener to a one-night stand as a bouncer at a local pub that ends up with him getting beaten and losing his job in the process. One of the funniest scenes takes place at the local church where Bob is forced into donating his services to clean their drains and ends up only with thanks from the pastor and a bucket full of dirt on his clothes. Supporting Bob is a supportive pastor (Tom Hickey), who urges him to rent a dress at a reduced cost, and his wife Anne (Julie Brown) who stands with him in periods of distress.

The second part of the film centers around Bob's efforts to raise the necessary cash to buy the dress and his unfortunate choice of borrowing the money and having to deal with a loan shark that gets him and his family into serious trouble. The script by Jim Allen rings true although, without subtitles, much of the dialogue is drowned in regional accents. Raining Stones builds to a powerful ending with an unforced naturalism that makes us feel for the characters as human beings, not as symbols of a society that has turned its back on its poorest members.

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