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Small Faces (1996)

R  |   |  Drama  |  14 August 1996 (USA)
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Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1968. But while Bobby and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lex Maclean
Alan Maclean (as Joseph McFadden)
Steven Duffy ...
Bobby Maclean (as J.S. Duffy)
Joanne Macgowan
Garry Sweeney ...
Charlie Sloan
Lorna Maclean
Malky Johnson
Mark McConnochie ...
Steven Singleton ...
David Walker ...
Uncle Andrew
Paul Doonan ...
Colin Semple ...
Debbie Welsh ...


Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1968. But while Bobby and Alan are beginning to experience the power of raging hormones, the story focuses on Lex, who begins a downward spiral after he accidentally shoots the leader of Bobby's gang. Lex's cockiness and immaturity unfortunately prevent him from understanding the effect his subsequent crimes will have on both himself, and on those around him. Written by Ary Luiz Dalazen Jr. <>

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

14 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fúria nas Ruas  »

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The scene where Alan's gang breaks in to a museum is shot at "Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum" in Glasgow, Scotland. See more »


Lex Maclean: [about a sick-looking portrait by Bacon] It looks just like our Bobby after a bad night out!
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Little gem
2 February 2005 | by (Belfast, NI) – See all my reviews

Life in the tough end of Glasgow in the late 1960s is delightfully and sometimes painfully presented here. This is clearly a work of well-observed autobiography by the Mackinnon family - Billy the writer/producer and Gillies the director.

At the centre of the film is the Maclean family - widowed mother with sons Bobby (none too bright), Alan (budding artist in spite of being brought up in the tough end of Govan) and narrator Lex, only 13 and still not sure what life is all about. Iain Robertson's performance as Lex is so good that it is barely credible that he has not reappeared in anything more worthy of his acting talent.

The film sets up a series of oppositions - gangs (Glens versus Tongs); romantic family life vs tough and unromantic street life; loyalty vs betrayal. Far from resulting in simplification, this actually makes the life of young Lex even more complex as he is, sequentially, drawn to each aspect of these opposing ideas.

Director Gillies shows he knows how to film his environment and gives us telling and memorable images - such as a huge close-up of blood running down a plug-hole that looks like some work of abstract art.

Nowhere near as clichéd as most coming-of-age movies, this is a joy for teenagers and adults alike.

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