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In the face of demise in his values, a socialist in England decides to form a gang and rob banks for a living.

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Ray is an aging ex-socialist who has become a bankrobber after seeing the demise of socialism in 1980s Britain. Teaming up with a gang of other has-beenish crims, he commits one bank job too many. The gang dissolves in a murderous flurry of recriminations. Written by <sethj@johnbrown.co.uk>

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The blag to kill for. Only one of them meant it for real.

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The character Vince, who at the start of the film is the drug dealer robbed by Ray and Dave, is played by Gerry Conlon (b 1 March 1954; d 21 June 2014) who - in real life - was one of the 'Guildford Four' wrongly convicted of the 1974 IRA bombing of two pubs in the English town of Guildford.

Gerry Conlon spent more than a decade in prison before the convictions of all of the four were overturned and they were released. His experience is portrayed in the film 'In the Name of the Father', where he himself was played by Daniel Day-Lewis. See more »

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Cool, brilliant crime flick
1 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie shows why the British are so much better at making moody pictures than a lot of Americans. This tale of 5 associates in crime pulling a bank heist only to find that afterward they are betrayed by someone and have their loot stolen is so bare-to-the-bones that it scared me sometimes. The underworld of London was portrayed brilliantly through the excellent acting achievements of the cast alround (even Damon Albarn of popgroup Blur was good enough as first-timer Jason). Robert Carlyle proved once again that his talent is so far beyond a lot of people in this business. His role of the disillusioned socialist Ray was played to perfection. The story was interesting enough to keep me nailed to my seat until the end, the plottwists were well paced.

The only trouble I had with this movie, and I think a lot of people with me, was that this movie was sometimes unintelligible due to the accents of the players. Without subtitles it can be a hell of a chore for some people to keep track of the story. But this is probably something we have to live with (the same happened with movies like The Hill and The Full Monty).

Overall a great picture.

9/10


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