Shallow Grave (1994)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  10 February 1995 (USA)
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Three friends discover their new flatmate dead but loaded with cash.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Nairn ...
Jean Marie Coffey ...
Leonard O'Malley ...
David Scoular ...
Cash Machine Victim
Grant Glendinning ...
Bath Victim
Victor Eadie ...
Freezer victim
Robert David MacDonald ...


The new flatmate of three preexisting roommates turns up mysteriously dead but in possession of a large sum of money. When the roommates decide to keep it for themselves, their action sets in motion a destructive chain of events that spiral out of control. Written by Anonymous

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The award winning thriller that'll bury you with laughs. See more »


Crime | Thriller

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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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Release Date:

10 February 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Petits meurtres entre amis  »

Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£734,340 (UK) (20 January 1995)


$2,881,508 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to director Danny Boyle there's a sly connection between this film and his next film, Trainspotting (1996). Keith Allen portrays a drug dealer in both films leading us to believe he may be the same character in featured in both, as Trainspotting was suppose to take place in the late 80s before the occurrences in Shallow Grave. See more »


When Alex and David are fighting on the floor David pins Alex to the floor and grabs a knife from the worktop to stab through Alex's shoulder. The knife on the worktop is regular 14 centimeter kitchen knife which would not go through Alex's shoulder. However the knife through Alex's shoulder and the floorboard later on in the same scene is at least 30 centimeters. See more »


Juliet Miller: It's about me and David.
Alex Law: Oh, the perfect couple, I should say.
Juliet Miller: You mustn't take it so badly.
Alex Law: Oh, don't worry. I'd do exactly the same thing, only I don't think I'm his type.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits appear over images of the three main characters in happier times, ironically all laughing hysterically. See more »


Referenced in A Life Less Ordinary (1997) See more »


Happy Heart
Written by James Last and Jackie Rae
Performed by Andy Williams
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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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