Follows a gang of small time crooks in an English town. Malc is in danger of losing his girlfriend Kate if he doesn't spend more time at home and the gang leader Jumbo looks like he is ... See full summary »

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Mat Hand ...
Malc
Dena Smiles ...
Kate
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Jumbo
Gena Kawecka ...
Ruby
Jimmy Hynd ...
Willy
Leon Lammond ...
Bets
Tim Cunningham ...
Lenny the Fence
Dominic Dillon ...
Mad Terrance
Mark Armstrong ...
Crutch
Carlos Barreto ...
Cuban Chef
Marcus Rowlands ...
Martin
Maria Woolley ...
Elaine
Len Hand ...
Man at Door
Tanya Myers ...
Yoga Tutor
Neil Johnson ...
Hoover Buyer
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Follows a gang of small time crooks in an English town. Malc is in danger of losing his girlfriend Kate if he doesn't spend more time at home and the gang leader Jumbo looks like he is about to lose control. Written by Brian Rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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31 October 1997 (UK)  »

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Kispálya  »

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$8,000 (estimated)
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A council film
15 September 2010 | by (Northumberland, England) – See all my reviews

The other reviews amaze me. Didn't they see the terrible wigs and hammy local college of performing arts acting. The characters appear to have been purchased as a past-their use-by date job lot from Stereotypes-R-Us. Harry Enfields scouser family, appearing on TV around the time this was made, are actually MORE believable as real people. This is partly due to the hideous legacy that is British DRAMA ACTING. From the days of Laurence Olivier right through to the BBC dramas of today there is the received wisdom of the correct way to act. The acting in this film is like watching performing arts students having their first go at trying on wigs and costumes in order to portray the poor but resilient folk of the forgotten council estate. It would appear that the script, too, was written by the council. Maybe the whole film was a council film. It certainly looked and felt like it. Like others, I enjoyed This Is England, which is the nearest Meadows has got to being a shadow of Ken Loach, and Dead Man's Shoes had some good moments (but a stupid ending). However, this, admittedly early, effort is poor and doesn't deserve the good reviews given by the few people who were brave enough to sit through the whole thing. This is not the worst ever use of a BFI grant but it is among the worst portrayals of life on a council estate that relies heavily on wigs and stereotypes.


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