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Shallow Grave -- In this sinister thriller from director Danny Boyle, three friends test the limits of loyalty when they discover their roommate's dead body...along with a suitcase full of cash.
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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:
A glimpse of the greatness that became Danny Boyle, and a fabulous thriller. 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:
Danny Boyle has stated that of the films he has directed, this is his father's favorite, and that whenever a new film directed by Boyle junior is released (including Slumdog Millionaire (2008), which won the academy award both for best film and best director) and he asks Boyle senior's opinion, his father's review is always the same - "It was good, but not as good as 'Shallow Grave'."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When David is talking to his boss, the file just before he hands it to David goes from being on the table to in his hands in between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Nation MacKinley:This is Janet. She's a phenomenon.See more »
Soundtrack:
My Baby Just Cares for MeSee more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A glimpse of the greatness that became Danny Boyle, and a fabulous thriller., 6 March 2011
Author: prettyh from Canada

I saw this film before "Trainspotting" came out, so I had no clue who this Ewan McGregor fellow was, or what sort of director Danny Boyle would turn out to be. "Shallow Grave" is a great enough film to have sealed the deal for me: I have sought out his work (and have, for the most part, loved it!) ever since.

You've already read vague bits about the plot, I'm sure, and I shan't give away any more than the basics - three roommates and best friends are inseparable until a suitcase full of money, found through some rather unpleasant circumstances (to say the least), causes not only friction and paranoia but also potential for violence, as they each struggle with their own morality over what to do. Do they call the cops and return the cash? Tell no-one what they had to do to keep it, and live the high life? It seems so simple in the beginning, boiled down to a single conversation over a kitchen table, but the complexities of that one decision soon become awfully clear. And as David (Eccleston) says at one point about a camcorder, bought as a new toy by his flatmates, "Yes, you PAID five hundred quid for it, but we don't know what the COST to US will be yet." Eerie foreshadowing, there. And that is where the fun...and fear...all begin.

What follows is a story that manages to ratchet up the tension at a furious pace. The whole film fits into just over 90 minutes, and it is very impressive to see how effectively the entire mood changes as these three roommates begin doubting each other, themselves, their neighbours, the police, and the occasional unfamiliar car parked outside their Edinburgh flat... The fun and hijinx for the trio (and for us, the audience) are brought to a screeching halt, and the rest of the film stays taut, never tipping its hand to let you know what might happen the next time someone comes to their door.

If you've seen and enjoyed Boyle's more recent works ("Millions," "28 Days Later," "Slumdog Millionaire," "127 Hours"...and especially "Trainspotting," as you'll see a LOT of familiar faces who got their start here), go back to this one to see where his true style came to be. It's no surprise at all that he's gone on to Oscar acclaim; he's clearly been building his craft and unique methods for some time. "Shallow Grave" is a fantastic noir-ish thriller, managing to be laugh-out-loud funny in places (the three leads are fabulous, particularly McGregor and Eccleston) and then turning very, very dark on you without warning.

And I must say...the ending alone is worth the ride. ;)

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