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13 February 1998 (UK) See more »
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Former police psychologist Rob helps to save young Chrissy when she is about to commit suicide by jumping... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Paul McGann ... Rob

Susan Lynch ... Chrissy
Tom Georgeson ... Jimmy
David Roper ... Mike
Denise Bryson ... Jan
Adam Johnston ... Jake
David Horsefield ... Kevin

Stephen Graham ... Jacko

Birdy Sweeney ... Pat
Paul Johnson ... Marcus
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neil Armstrong ... Jones
Hywel Berry ... Paul
David Case ... Sam

Craig Conway ... Hammy
Daniel Lake ... Johnny
Daniel J. Lake ... Jonny
Phil Martin ... Bobby
Dale Meeks ... Sammy
Carol Noakes ... Jane
Martin Reeve ... John Clivedale
Bill Speed ... Paramedic
Stephen Thirkeld ... Watson
Brian Walsh ... Ray

Directed by
Bharat Nalluri 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Caspar Berry  written by

Produced by
Georges Benayoun .... co-producer
Marina Gefter .... co-executive producer
Richard Johns .... producer
Nik Powell .... executive producer
Stephen Woolley .... executive producer
Original Music by
Simon Boswell 
Cinematography by
Tony Imi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Les Healey 
Casting by
John Hubbard 
Ros Hubbard 
Danuta Skarszewska 
Production Design by
Chris Townsend 
Art Direction by
Jason Carlin 
Costume Design by
Sarah Ryan 
Makeup Department
Sallie Adams .... makeup artist
Davy Jones .... makeup designer
Magi Vaughan .... makeup artist
Production Management
Liam Foster .... production manager
Stephen Law .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lucy Amor .... third assistant director
Emma Bodger .... assistant director
Tom Gabbutt .... second assistant director
Susan J. Gosney .... third assistant director (as Sue Gosney)
Art Department
Sandra Quayle .... set dresser
Sound Department
Mick Boggis .... re-recording mixer
Felicity Cottrell .... foley artist
Henry Dobson .... foley recordist
Gavin Dunn .... boom operator
Ray French .... sound
John Ireland .... supervising sound editor
Robert Ireland .... assistant sound editor
Peter Maxwell .... re-recording mixer
Rocky Phelan .... foley editor
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Graham Hills .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Drew Jones .... digital effects producer
Pedro Sabrosa .... digital paint artist
Trevor Young .... scanning and recording: The Film Factory at VTR (uncredited)
Terry Forrestal .... stunt coordinator
Sy Hollands .... stunts
Derek Lea .... stunts
Kiran Shah .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Tania Freimuth .... second assistant camera
Paul Godfrey .... camera operator
David Hall .... first assistant camera
Sam Horsefield .... electrician
Danny Ratcliff .... lighting technician
Casting Department
Daniel Hubbard .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Babette Lee .... costume assistant
Lynne Walsh .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Simon Cozens .... first assistant editor
Vaughn Mullady .... negative cutter
Tasha Pym .... second second assistant editor
Bradley Souber .... second assistant editor
Tom Mayclim .... negative cutting assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
Andy Holt .... location scout
Tom Sherry .... location manager
Music Department
Alex Heffes .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Rebecca Christensen .... production coordinator
Deborah Coombes .... production secretary
Joe Oppenheimer .... production assistant
Nick Stanley .... production accountant
Philippa Wood .... assistant to executive producer
Ian Neil .... thanks
Steve Zielinski .... thanks

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Also Known As:
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The film was set in a tower block in Newcastle upon Tyne and was scheduled to be filmed there but a finance deal and full assistance caused the unit to move filming to Liverpool.See more »


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Strange Liverpool-brew..., 6 April 1999
Author: Renaldo Matlin from Oslo, Norway

Paul McGann plays an asthmatic police shrink with a fear of heights (and sore feet) who saves a woman from committing suicide. He then decides to ask her out on a date, but they -and her little son- end up in a collapsing elevator in the woman's apartment building (located in a poor district of Liverpool, where everything looks like something out of an Aki Kaurismäki-film). An odd mix of social comment with echoes of -would you believe- "The Towering Inferno"! In the end we don't really care what happens to any of the characters. All though you might ask yourself why the buildings sick and demented juveniles (who plays a major role in the elevator-incident) suddenly disappear for a major portion of the film.

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