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

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Director:
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 »
User Reviews:
Pretty effective thriller, but could have been more See more (135 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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Trivia:
The film was heavily criticized for its seemingly cold characters. When questioned about the criticisms Danny Boyle responded saying that building plausible characters is something that pleases intellectuals, but audiences in general don't invest much as much into the characters in a film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the second intruder enters the loft area to get the money from the water tank he reaches around a wooden support to turn the light switch on. The light switch is not visible to him yet he reaches for it as if he has been to the loft before.See more »
Quotes:
[Juliet, Alex and David are about to dispose of Hugo's body by rendering it unidentifiable]
Juliet Miller:I can't do it.
Alex Law:But Juliet, you're a doctor. You kill people every day.
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Movie Connections:
Features "Scotland Today" (1972)See more »
Soundtrack:
Happy HeartSee more »

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33 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Pretty effective thriller, but could have been more, 29 May 2002
Author: Bogey Man from Finland

Shallow Grave is directed by Danny Boyle, the genius behind Trainspotting. Shallow Grave is about three friends, who live in the same apartment and try to study and work normally. They want to find one person to fill the room that is empty in their apartment, and soon they find the right one. However, one day something horrific happens and the friends find something very interesting in the new tenant's room. After this incident, their friendship starts to change and weird murders appear. I won't tell you more about the story as this must be seen without knowing too much about it. I hope others have not spoilt you and disturbed your viewing experience.

This film is about themes of friendship and greed and greed for money especially. Which one is more important, huge amount of money or a true friend? Ewan McGregor's voice at the end of the film tells us everything what the main character learned about life and these things throughout the film. This is pretty mean spirited and too much for others, because there are so many mean characters and some graphic and gory violence in Shallow Grave and everyone will not tolerate that. After all, this is very important film and gives us some difficult questions and something to think about. A human being can easily been seduced and once it has happened, everything the one has kept important may not be that anymore and the person's set of values has changed..

Technically Shallow Grave is very great and effectively scary. There are great camera movements and angles and weird ways to use camera. Music is okay but nothing too special, in my opinion. The atmosphere is pretty disturbing and this should have been enjoyed in the big screen. The real skills of this director are visible more completely in Trainspotting, a masterful drama about the world of drugs, also starring Ewan McGregor. The scenes in forest are especially spooky and as a horror thriller, Shallow Grave is very noteworthy.

There are, unfortunately, couple of scenes or characters' reactions, that I couldn't tolerate and that affects to the rating a little bit. The youngsters act sometimes stupidly and are too irritating. And the other fault in this film is that the clues for the gangsters to find these youngsters are not explained and all seems to happen too easily. But these are not too dangerous considering the great horror and cinematic elements of the film. I was waiting a little too much I think, because I had read many praising reviews about this film but still, I'm definitely not disappointed, even though the film could have been closer to perfection.

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