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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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What's a little murder among friends? See more »

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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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Petits meurtres entre amis  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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£734,340 (UK) (20 January 1995)

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$2,881,508 (USA)
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Ewan McGregor's mother, Carol McGregor, has a cameo in the film as one of the prospective flatmates. See more »

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When Juliet examines the dead body of Hugo, she closes his eyes. Later when they bury the body and David prepares to smash Hugo's teeth, the eyes are wide open. See more »

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David Stephens: Victory is the same as defeat. It's giving in to destructive competitive urges.
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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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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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