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Small Faces (1996)

R | | Drama | 14 August 1996 (USA)
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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(as Gillies Mackinnon)

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(as Billy Mackinnon), (as Gillies Mackinnon)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Iain Robertson ...
Lex Maclean
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Alan Maclean (as Joseph McFadden)
Steven Duffy ...
Bobby Maclean (as J.S. Duffy)
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Joanne Macgowan
Garry Sweeney ...
Charlie Sloan
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Lorna Maclean
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Malky Johnson
Mark McConnochie ...
Gorbals
Steven Singleton ...
Welch
David Walker ...
Fabio
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Uncle Andrew
Paul Doonan ...
Jake
Colin Semple ...
Dowd
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Doug
Debbie Welsh ...
Rebecca
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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 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. <ajr@fortalnet.com.br>

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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14 August 1996 (USA)  »

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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 »

Quotes

Gorbals: Ah'm sixteen.
Lex Maclean: Ye're awfa wee fae sixteen.
Gorbals: Ah smoke a lot.
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Edited into Screen Two: Small Faces (1998) See more »

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1 March 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

I caught this film late night on the Sundance channel. It is extraordinarily well done. It's good to see more and more cinema from the UK showing on cable here in the US.

Small Faces doesn't insult your intelligence, and it doesn't have any affectations. Its setting in the 60s is almost incidental; as someone else mentioned, there's no attempt here to glorify or overstate the setting for stylistic reasons.

And I must say, some of the camera-work is beautiful. One shot in particular stands out; Lex stands in a large vacant lot, puddles reflecting the sky, near the Tongs' apartment building. Something in this shot is alternately so deliberately composed for its "ugly beauty" and at the same time completely unpretentious and real and necessary. The kid who plays the lead, Iain Robertson, does an incredible job and seems almost an inorganic part of the urban wreckage around him.

No clichés. No insult to your intelligence. Just a story, well told, superbly acted, and superbly shot. This film is a textbook on how to make a good drama. Just one of many superb films from the UK (another recent good one was The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner) that we've been deprived of over here until now.

First rate.


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