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

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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 »
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14 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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engrossing as much as off-putting, psychologically interesting and thrilling, well done See more (133 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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:
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 pictureSee more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During one of the shots of Hugos corpse (after the scene at Ewan MacGregors work place), you can clearly see the dead mans jugular pulsating.See more »
Quotes:
David Stephens:I can't do it.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Happy HeartSee more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
engrossing as much as off-putting, psychologically interesting and thrilling, well done, 27 July 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Shallow Grave, the debut film from director Danny Boyle (also from his fellow producer and screenwriter from other films he made in the 90s), has a fatalistic edge to it, but where it will really go is anyone's guess. It's practically impossible to identify with these three main characters- Kerry Fox as Juliet, Christopher Eccleston as David, and Ewan McGregor as Alex- as they're all cynical and sarcastic to the bone, rarely sympathetic, and friends through and through. The latter part might be a little more recognizable in such a very easy kind of story for these characters, who after finding their new roommate dead in his room have to 'take care' of the situation. This becomes further complicated, both practically and morally, when a suitcase of money is found from the ex-roomer. This is at the core something of a simple dilemma kind of issue tale that could fit very easily onto a kid's show (minus all the death of course, as finding-money was also used in Boyle's film Millions). But Shallow Grave also happens to have the ingredients for a horror film as well as film-noir, tragedy as much as thriller, with bits of pitch-black comedy thrown in for good measure.

One of the cool, unnerving things about the film as well is how, after a while, you can't really be sure who's really sane or not. But even as it is a story of friends, it is more closer to being Eccleston's movie, as a character who goes through the darkest change out of the three of them. He starts out as the sanest of the uptight middle class three, or at least the most reasonable when the circumstances strike up. But through grisly turns of events, he becomes the most un-balanced of the bunch, and Boyle is able to get with his DP Brian Tufano some really powerful moments visually up in the attic. As further complications go on, it becomes not really a tale of morality but one of keeping a bond that is breaking always. But the psychological turns are made better, and not too circumspect or dumb, by the actors. In truth, some of what the characters decide and then go through is a bit too implausible even for a thematically violent film like this. But it's a fresh showcase for all three actors for their gifts- McGregor's Alex seems like a sociopath through most of the film, and his change doesn't make him more likable but still very intense by the acting. Eccleston has what should be one of the performances of his career as the mild-mannered and then loose-edged flat-mate. And Kerry Fox is good, if a little typical as the lady of the house. Her own role in the film is further complicated by lustful intentions and all that- she could be considered a femme fatale if it were that easy.

And Shallow Grave is, above all else, a very good film at style trumping the substance, which itself isn't that bad as being B-movie fare, to which he would put to best use with Trainspotting. Here I'm reminded of the cinematic freedom and inventiveness taken in such 'pulp' matter by first time filmmakers in the 90s, and even in the story's weakest points (and there are a few in due to logic and the dialog sometimes) it's never boring. There's a cringe/funny kind of scene with Alex and Juliet using some new merchandise for some lewd and f***ed up purposes, and it's filmed in a perfectly amateurish way. And in dealing with the more disturbing subject matter, it helps that Boyle and writer John Hodge only show what is necessary (i.e. some of the 'grave' scenes) so that it doesn't become stale or with that sort of kick needed for the material. By the end, too, as in other noir stories, there is a twist that comes, but it isn't even much expected as the characters have met their fates. But it has the advantage of not being a cop-out either. Shallow Grave is, when it comes down to it, that splendid of things- a directorial calling card that speaks to his skills with actors (more so in casting to a T), mixing comedy and drama, and hip use of camera-work. Nothing really 'deep' or great, but it's a nifty little midnight movie from merry old England. 8.5/10

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