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Shopping -- Lone group of teens, led by recently released joyrider and his disenchanted Belfast girlfriend, strives to leave their mark on "a British city in the near future" while attempting to avoid a rival gang.


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Release Date:
9 February 1996 (USA) See more »
Crash & Carry
Lone group of teens, led by recently released joyrider and his disenchanted Belfast girlfriend, strives... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Dated and basic, not really interesting or engaging enough to be worth a look See more (38 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sadie Frost ... Jo

Jude Law ... Billy

Sean Pertwee ... Tommy

Fraser James ... Be Bop

Sean Bean ... Venning

Marianne Faithfull ... Bev

Jonathan Pryce ... Conway
Daniel Newman ... Monkey (as Danny Newman)
Lee Whitlock ... Pony

Ralph Ineson ... Dix

Eamonn Walker ... Peters (as Eammon Walker)

Jason Isaacs ... Market Trader
Chris Constantinou ... Yuppie
Tilly Vosburgh ... Mrs. Taylor

Melanie Hill ... Sarah
Grant Russell ... Store Owner
James Hill ... Lippy Kid

Clint Dyer ... Car Thief
Brian Croucher ... Billy's Dad
Simon Bateso ... Tommy's Gang #1
Polly Moore ... Tommy's Gang #2

Vinny Mann ... Tommy's Gang #3
Julian Sandell ... Tommy's Gang #4

Sarah Phillips ... Reporter's Voice
DJ Tim ... Himself
Kate Lauren ... Policewoman
Paul McNeilly ... Policeman #1
Dave Roberts ... Policeman #2
Simon Austin ... Policeman #3

Sidney Cole ... Policeman #4
Chris Armstrong ... Policeman #5
Paul Wong ... Venning's Minder
Shion Abdillah ... Local Kid
Francis Pope ... Kid #1
Leon Black ... Kid #2
Anthony Lee ... Kid #3
Becky Van der Post ... String Quartet #1
Clio Gould ... String Quartet #2
Monica Scott ... String Quartet #3
Philip Bagenal ... String Quartet #4
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Helm ... Danny (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul W.S. Anderson  (as Paul Anderson)
Writing credits
Paul W.S. Anderson (written by) (as Paul Anderson)

Produced by
Jeremy Bolt .... producer
Laurie Borg .... line producer
Original Music by
Barrington Pheloung 
Cinematography by
Tony Imi 
Film Editing by
David Stiven 
Casting by
Jane Frisby 
Production Design by
Max Gottlieb 
Art Direction by
Chris Townsend 
Costume Design by
Howard Burden 
Makeup Department
Michelle Daniels .... key hair stylist
Michelle Miles .... hair trainee
Michelle Miles .... makeup trainee
Pebbles .... key makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Gilchrist .... third assistant director
Simon Moseley .... second assistant director
Alan J. Wands .... first assistant director
Art Department
Alan Bailey .... property master
Ian Bailie .... stand-by art director
Peter Bryant .... dressing prop
Aly Burge .... production buyer
Alan Chesters .... construction manager
Danny Evans .... dressing prop
Richard Haigh .... storyboard artist
Bill Hargreaves .... stand-by props
Simon Hicks .... storyboard artist
David Ned Kelly .... stand-by carpenter
Louise Long .... art department assistant
Darryl Paterson .... stand-by prop
Debbie Wilson .... set dresser
Sound Department
David Anderson .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Busby .... assistant sound editor
Jeremy Child .... assistant dialogue editor
Tony Cook .... boom operator
Victor Garrick .... sound department trainee
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicolas Le Messurier .... sound re-recording mixer
Archie Ludski .... dialogue editor
Colin Nicolson .... sound mixer
Rocky Phelan .... foley editor
Les Wiggins .... sound editor
Sandy Buchanan .... post-production sound assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mathew Horton .... special effects technician (as Matthew Horton)
Lucy Allen .... stunts
Roy Alon .... stunts
Marc Boyle .... stunts
Helen Caldwell .... stunts
Stuart Clark .... stunts (as Stuart Stark)
Abbi Collins .... stunts
Gerry Crampton .... stunts
Clive Curtis .... stunts
Tom Delmar .... stunts
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Tracey Eddon .... stunts
Terry Forrestal .... stunts
Steve Griffin .... stunts
Richard Hammatt .... stunts
Frank Henson .... stunts
Glenn Marks .... stunts
Valentino Musetti .... stunts (as Val Musetti)
Gary Powell .... stunts
Greg Powell .... stunts
Nick Powell .... stunts
Lee Sheward .... stunt double: Jude Law
Lee Sheward .... stunts
Colin Skeaping .... stunts
Alan Stuart .... stunts
Rocky Taylor .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
John Ferguson .... clapper loader
Robert Johnson .... camera department trainee
Paul Kemp .... electrician
Nigel Kirton .... Steadicam operator
John Lake .... electrician
Simon Lucas .... electrician
Ronnie McKay .... best boy electric
Alan McPherson .... electrician
David Morgan .... focus puller
Christine Parry .... still photographer
Mike Proudfoot .... camera operator
Stuart Reid .... electrician
Dominick Reyntiens .... assistant camera
Kate Robinson .... Steadicam operator
Tony Turner .... camera grip
Al Watson .... generator operator
Micky Wilson .... gaffer
Paul Wood .... electrician
Casting Department
Dominick Reyntiens .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Verity Hawkes .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Nick Dunbar .... second assistant editor
Andrew Perrier .... editing department trainee
Tom Mayclim .... negative cutting assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Tim Arrowsmith .... music editor
Jim Gottlieb .... music associate
Pete Tong .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Stuart Reid .... driver
Other crew
Gavin Alexander .... production runner
Tony Clarkson .... location manager
Rob Dickinson .... video effects advisor
Lisa Fabry .... assistant to director
Zoe Grace .... stand-in
Paul Higgins .... floor runner
Richard Hyland .... production accountant
Helene Lenszner .... location assistant
Su Lim .... production executive
Steve Morphew .... stand-in: Jude Law
Cormac Murphy .... security officer
Sara Newman .... assistant to producer
Eoghan O'Neill .... security officer (as Eoghan Oneill)
Caroline Sax .... script supervisor
Lucinda Sturgis .... production coordinator
Julia Wall .... production assistant
Joan Washington .... voice coach

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Rated R for violence/mayhem, pervasive language and some drug content
105 min | USA:87 min | Argentina:106 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Paul W.S. Anderson got offered the job to direct Mortal Kombat (1995) after New Line Cinema - that film's backers - saw this film.See more »
Conwat:What has prison taught you, Billy?See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Dated and basic, not really interesting or engaging enough to be worth a look, 2 April 2006
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Released from prison after three months, Billy wastes no time in getting back into his previous life of stealing and joy riding. Night one back on the streets sees him and girlfriend Jo racing through the streets in a stolen BMW pursued by the police. Not long after he is right back into the "crash and carry" habit, essentially ram-raiding a shop and getting away with as much stuff as possible before the police can respond. However a raid on one shop brings him into direction conflict with gang leader Tommy – who had already arranged a big money deal with Venning to hit the same shop.

At the time of release this film benefited from the Daily Mail and other Middle-England tabloids ringing their hands with worry and condemning the film for encouraging youths to replicate the crimes in the film. Over a decade later, stripped of the hype and "controversy", Shopping looks quaintly dated and the portrayal of disaffected youth in a neo-light strobing world of crime and attitude seems old fashioned and a bit silly. This isn't helped by the fact that the script never aspires beyond this basic aim and characters that are never developed beyond the most basic of motivations. The idea that some foreign viewers would watch this and take it to be a realistic portrayal of modern Britain in rather hilarious to me but in fairness, films are under no pressure to be real. This still leaves a fairly simply story with some very poor dialogue and not much material to work with.

Anderson's direction is solid enough in terms of style though – which is really where his strengths continue to lie; but as a result he seems to have a limited interest in depth and his input as writer is to blame for the problems with the material. The cast match this by being pretty and famous but not doing much else. Law is skinny and bland and doesn't do anything other than looking like he is having a teenage strop for the majority of the film. Frost isn't much better and it is left to Pertwee to easily steal the film as a memorable if simple tough guy. James is OK while small roles from Bean, Faithful, Pryce and Walker make the film feel crowded with famous faces – not that any of them add much value outside of this.

Overall this is a stylish film but one that now looks dated and rather empty. Without the controversy not much is left and the story and characters are too simple to engage most viewers I would suggest. Interesting to see as part of looking at early work for several British actors but probably not interesting or engaging enough to be worth a look on its own merits as a film.

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