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

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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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£4,923,439 (UK) (17 March 1995)
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Robert Carlyle was offered the part of David. Carlyle would go on to play the part of Daffy in a future film by Danny Boyle, The Beach (2000), another character that was extremely paranoid and lives in isolation for a good portion of the story. See more »

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On the name plate on the door David's last name is spelled "Stevens" but in the credits it's spelled "Stephens". See more »

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David Stephens: I've never seen a dead body before. I saw my grandmother of course, but I don't think that counts. I mean, she was alive at the time.
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Cold blooded thriller has murderous money scheme go awry...
13 October 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

SHALLOW GRAVE is a mean spirited, cold-blooded Scottish thriller, stylishly directed with three interesting performances from EWAN McGREGOR, KERRY FOX and CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON, as roommates with a deadly secret--a fourth roommate who died in bed with a trunk full of money hidden underneath the bed.

Discovery of the money has the three of them wondering whether to simply report it to the police or share the spoils of a dead man. The temptation to keep the money is too much and they work out a scheme on how to get rid of the body. Telling any more would be giving away what turns into a very gripping tale of suspense with the crime ripping apart their loyalties and their friendship turning deadly. None of the three are likable characters with their shallow, iconoclastic values. It's no great surprise when they turn on each other.

It's full of irony and none of that irony is lost on the viewer who will never look at trusting relationships the same way again.

The performances are all top-notch with some excellent supporting work from the entire cast. It's the kind of film Alfred Hitchcock would have been proud to call his own with a twist at the end.

A dark tale, relieved by bits of humor (mainly from Ewan McGregor, who comes up with some clever lines). Well worth watching, it's disturbing in some of the more graphic scenes of violence, but well worth watching for the final payoff.


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