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

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Writer:
John Hodge (written by)
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Release Date:
10 February 1995 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The award winning thriller that'll bury you with laughs. See more »
Plot:
Three friends discover their new flatmate dead but loaded with cash. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
14 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A great little thriller who's pace covers it's weaknesses See more (134 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kerry Fox ... Juliet Miller

Christopher Eccleston ... David Stephens

Ewan McGregor ... Alex Law

Ken Stott ... Detective Inspector McCall

Keith Allen ... Hugo

Colin McCredie ... Cameron
Victoria Nairn ... Visitor

Gary Lewis ... Visitor
Jean Marie Coffey ... Goth

Peter Mullan ... Andy
Leonard O'Malley ... Tim
David Scoular ... Cash Machine Victim
Grant Glendinning ... Bath Victim
Victor Eadie ... Freezer victim
Robert David MacDonald ... Lumsden
Frances Low ... Doctor
Bill Denistoun ... Master of Ceremonies
John Bett ... Brian McKinley

Tony Curran ... Travel Agent
Elspeth Cameron ... Elderly Woman
Paul Doonan ... Newspaper Office Boy
Billy Riddoch ... Newspaper Editor
Kenneth Bryans ... Police Officer
John Hodge ... Detective Constable Mitchell
John Carmichael ... Bandleader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gordon Cree ... Danceband Pianist (uncredited)
Pat Harkins ... Postman (uncredited)
Carol McGregor ... Prospective roommate (uncredited)

Directed by
Danny Boyle 
 
Writing credits
John Hodge (written by)

Produced by
Andrew Macdonald .... producer
Allan Scott .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Simon Boswell 
 
Cinematography by
Brian Tufano (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Masahiro Hirakubo 
 
Casting by
Sarah Trevis 
 
Production Design by
Kave Quinn 
 
Art Direction by
Zoe MacLeod 
 
Set Decoration by
Karen Wakefield 
 
Costume Design by
Kate Carin 
 
Makeup Department
Carmel Jackson .... assistant makeup artist
Graham Johnston .... makeup designer
Grant Mason .... special makeup effects
 
Production Management
Steve Barker .... post-production supervisor
Sara Barr .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen Docherty .... third assistant director
Alison Goring .... second assistant director
Gina Lee .... trainee assistant director
Ian Madden .... first assistant director
Simon Downes .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Brian Adams .... stand-by carpenter
John Amabile .... storyboard artist
Stuart Clarke .... scenic artist
Stephen Conroy .... paintings
Stewart Cunningham .... dressing props
Paul Curren .... painter
Sam Curren .... painter
Gordon Fitzgerald .... property master
Colin H. Fraser .... construction manager
Derek Fraser .... construction chargehand
Tracey Gallacher .... assistant art director
Patrick Harkins .... stand-by props
Richard Hassall .... carpenter
Scott Keery .... props
Peter Knotts .... carpenter
Iain Macaulay .... art department assistant
Jim Patrick .... stand-by painter
Danny Sumsion .... stand-by carpenter
Karen Wakefield .... production buyer
John Watts .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Paul Conway .... digital sound editor
Tony Cook .... boom operator
Richard Fettes .... footsteps editor
Nigel Galt .... sound editor
Ray Merrin .... sound re-recording mixer
Colin Nicolson .... sound mixer
Brian Saunders .... sound re-recording mixer
Iain Eyre .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Grant Mason .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Tony Steers .... special visual effects
 
Stunts
Clive Curtis .... stunt arranger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lewis Buchan .... camera loader
Willie Cadden .... gaffer
Arthur Donnelly .... electrician
Paul Gavin .... epk camera operator
Ian Jackson .... focus puller
Kenny Richards .... stand-by rigger
Derrick Ritchie .... generator operator
Mark Ritchie .... best boy
Nigel Robertson .... still photographer
Roy Russel .... grip
Dominic Turner .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Norster .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Anuree De Silva .... first assistant editor
Neil Williams .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Gemma Dempsey .... music supervisor
Simon Etchell .... composer: stock music
Leftfield .... composer: title music
 
Transportation Department
John Booth .... vehicle spfx
Scott Kerry .... driver: props
 
Other crew
Campbell Atkinson .... stage
Mat Bergel .... runner
Hilda Booth .... production accountant
Jenifer Booth .... accounts assistant
Bryan Boyne .... stand-by stage
Anne Coulter .... script supervisor
Guy Cowan .... caterer
Brendan Diver .... caterer
Pauline Hume .... graphic artist: titles
Dianne Jamieson .... trainee
Niki Longmuir .... floor runner
Niki Longmuir .... location assistant
Kirstin McMahon .... trainee
Yvonne McParland .... production coordinator
John McVeigh .... caterer
Nicky McVeigh .... caterer
Saul Metzstein .... production runner
Laurette Monconduit .... press attache
Morag Myerscough .... title designer
Fran Robertson .... location manager
Eric Smith .... runner
Jamie Spencer .... runner
James Stewart .... runner
Cindy Thomson .... location assistant
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for scenes of strong grisly violence, and for some language and nudity
Runtime:
92 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Shallow Grave marked the feature debut for a number of its creators. It was the first feature that Danny Boyle directed, the debut for screenwriter John Hodge, and the first feature starring role for Ewan McGregor.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: On the name plate on the door David's last name is spelled "Stevens" but in the credits it's spelled "Stephens".See more »
Quotes:
Alex Law:It's not every day I find a story in my own flat.
Juliet Miller:It's not a story, Alex. It's a corpse.
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Movie Connections:
Features "Scotland Today" (1972)See more »
Soundtrack:
My Baby Just Cares for MeSee more »

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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A great little thriller who's pace covers it's weaknesses, 4 January 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Alex, David and Juliet share a flat together and are looking for a new flat mate to help fill the flat out. They see various applicants who don't fit until they meet the mysterious Hugo who is `interesting' and takes the room. Almost a week goes by and he doesn't come out of his room once, so they break down Hugo's door to find him dead with a suitcase full of money. To keep the money, they agree to destroy Hugo's body and draw straws to see who does the cutting. David ends up doing the deed but it affects him badly and he becomes increasingly erratic and paranoid. Meanwhile two criminals are dredging the underworld looking for the money.

Any film that can pose a moral question that stays with the audience is off to a good start and needs to build on it. That is the case here with the `would you keep the money' question - the answer being `yes' in terms of the characters here. The plot then sees the greed do what greed do best - feed paranoia and divisions between the characters. It's a theme that has been done before but is still well done here. The plot has weaknesses in logic and flow - David's paranoia doesn't totally go the way that seems most likely, rather the way that the film requires. Also the film doesn't build good characters. However what it does do well is turn up tension and drama very well - as the net closes and the characters start to turn on each other.

This is where the comparatively short running time helps - it keeps the whole thing from being onscreen too long to be analysed to death while you are watching it. I didn't question the weaknesses because I was caught up in the story. It has a good pace on it although it can't keep up the speed it set with it's stylish opening credits (which have been impersonated so often since). The final act is a fitting denouncement and, like I said, even if some of it doesn't totally scan the film moves along fast enough to cover it.

Despite the lack of really developed characters, the cast do really good jobs on the whole. McGregor is great - this and Trainspotting show how great it can be, just makes it harder to see him looking miserable in the Star Wars films. Fox is also very good, although she is a lot subtler than McGregor. However it is Eccleston who steals the film, even if he is required to go further than he should have in his downward spiral; contrast his character at the start and the end of the film, he did very well to gradually go from one to the other convincingly. The support cast is made up of familiar faces who don't really do that much - McCredie, Stott, Allen and Mullan.

Overall this is not without it's flaws but it works as a tight little moral thriller that is really enjoyable while watching it. And the ending will have you in the pub or on the message boards talking about it (in a good way).

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