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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 »
Genre:
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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House Of Straw, Ton Of Bricks See more (136 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
Stephen Barker .... post-production supervisor (as Steve Barker)
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Such were the budgetary constraints on this shoot, the production had to auction off various props in order to raise enough money to buy essential film stock needed to complete the picture.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The film is set in Edinburgh and Alex works on North Bridge, presumably for the Evening News newspaper. However, when the first body is found in the woods Alex arrives home with an armful of the copies of the Evening Times, Glasgow's evening newspaper (the movie was partly shot in Glasgow).See more »
Quotes:
Nation MacKinley:This is Janet. She's a phenomenon.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Release the DubSee more »

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35 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
House Of Straw, Ton Of Bricks, 17 October 2005
Author: Christopher T. Chase (cchase@onebox.com) from Arlington, VA.

See, there's these three little piggies (Ewan McGregor, Kerry Fox and Christopher Eccleston) who live together as flatmates in Glasgow. The one thing that ties them together more than the genial contempt they have for one another, is the DOUBLE amount of contempt they have for everyone else. To take in extra rent money, they decide to let a spare room in their place. After having a lot of fun at the expense of many 'unsuitable' candidates, they decide to award the spot to a very dodgy looking character named Hugo, (Keith Allen), who has a shady demeanor and a rather large suitcase.

This situation is ripe for betrayal, deceit, coercion and oh, let's not leave out murder, shall we? It's dynamite with an unlit fuse, just missing a match. And that 'match' is finally struck when the three roommates find a nude Hugo dead the next morning in his room, and that in his mysterious suitcase is more cash than the three of them combined will make in a year.

Anybody hear a sizzling noise in the background? That's nothing. The explosion is coming, and it is a DOOZY! Director Danny Boyle and writer John Hodge certainly know their noir thrillers, and they skilfully weave the strands of this twisted story together like a Hitchcock chamber piece, filtered through the gimlet-eyed gaze of the Coen Brothers. With a Glaswegan accent, of course.

The acting is top notch, especially Ewan in his first major movie role. The realistic outcome of each nerve-wracking situation ratchets up the suspense and the tension without a single false note, as the 'straw' friendships of these three not-so-likable characters goes up in a puff of spontaneous combustion...all for, as the O'Jays put it so aptly, "the love of money."

And speaking of classic songs, a great director knows how to infuse a scene with just the right touch of irony, comedy or even downright horror, such as what Quentin Tarantino did with the confectionery pop standard from Stealer's Wheel, "Stuck In The Middle With You." I could tell from the word 'go' that Danny Boyle would be one artist to watch, just through the way he took a gooey retro classic like Andy Williams' "Happy Heart," and infused it with chillingly fitting gallows humor for GRAVE'S jaw-dropping ending, that will stay with you long after you've seen it...even after the second or third time! No matter how many times I watch it, it still hits me like a ton of...well, you know...

Highly recommended, with great scoring work from artists like Simon Boswell, Leftfield and Tomandandy.

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