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Shallow Grave (1994)

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Three friends discover their new flatmate dead but loaded with cash.

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Storyline

To avoid spoiling the movie this plot summary is very brief. It starts when three people living together in a four bedroom flat are looking for a house mate. The interviews they conduct are very unorthodox and very funny. Eventually the three agree on one prospective tenant. He moves in, locks his door, and is not seen again. After a couple of days the three become curious and break in to his room. What follows is an amazing piece of cinema and to say more would ruin it. Written by <djm@sinope.kbs.citri.edu.au>

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Rated R for scenes of strong grisly violence, and for some language and nudity | See all certifications »

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10 February 1995 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£734,340 (UK) (20 January 1995)

Gross:

£4,923,439 (UK) (17 March 1995)
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Trivia

The color scheme for the flat was based on Edward Hopper's painting Hotel Lobby. See more »

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During one of the shots of Hugos corpse (after the scene at Ewan MacGregors work place), you can clearly see the dead mans jugular pulsating. See more »

Quotes

Alex Law: [reading Juliet's mail] He even signs them, in his own name can you believe it? I'd sign someone else's name... I'd sign his name!... If I wrote them that is, which I don't.
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The closing credits appear over images of the three main characters in happier times, ironically all laughing hysterically. See more »

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References Jaws 2 (1978) See more »

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Shallow Grave
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Well-done approach to classic suspense plot.
8 April 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Good first feature film from director Danny Boyle and writer John Hodge. A good, solid thriller with a healthy dose of dark humor.

Interesting dynamic among the three principle characters, though their motivations toward each other could have been made more clear.

The age-old plot of ordinary people getting mixed up in an unexpected acquisition of dirty money and finding their worst tendencies coming to light is done with style and clever wit, with a couple of nice twists that I doubt anyone will see coming. (Although, I'm a little hazy on just HOW it ends up that way.)

Boyle is definitely one of the great, stand-out directors of the 90s-and-beyond crowd, in the upper ranks with Tarantino, Fincher, Ritchie, and a few others.

7/10 stars


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