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Nil by Mouth (1997)

 -  Drama  -  6 February 1998 (USA)
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The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug ... See full summary »

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Ray
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Valerie
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Billy
Laila Morse ...
Janet
Edna Doré ...
Kath
Chrissie Cotterill ...
Paula
Jon Morrison ...
Angus
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Mark
Steve Sweeney ...
Terry Rowley ...
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Sam Miller ...
Club Comic
Leah Fitzgerald ...
Michelle
Gerry Bromfield ...
Drug Dealer
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Schmuddie
Sid Golder ...
Old Guy in Window
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The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making him live on his own. Raymond is generally a rough and even violent person, and that leads to problems in the life of the family. Written by Gustaf Molin <gustaf.molin@usa.net>

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Rated R for graphic drug use, non-stop strong language, brutal domestic violence and some nudity | See all certifications »

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The film is loosely based upon director Gary Oldman's own life growing up in London. See more »

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A boom mic is visible in the supermarket parking lot. See more »

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Ray: She took his dinner in to him once. Me mum, in the pub, and plonked it in front of him on a tray. Knife and fork, salt and pepper. He said, "What's that?" She said, "It's your dinner. I thought you might be hungry. You ain't eaten for three fucking days. You live in here, you might as well fucking eat in here." It's funny. He didn't like that, did he? Mugged him up in front of his mates. Thought more of them cunts than he did us. Lovely. Yeah. She got a clump over that. Well, she would, ...
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Las Vegas
Written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callander
Performed by Tony Christie
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Oldman cuts to the bone
19 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

In Sturges' classic "Sullivan's Travels," a swank film director announces to his butler: "I'm going out on the road to find out what it's like to be poor and needy, and then I'm going to make a film about it." The butler snorts: "It you permit me to say Sir, the subject is not an interesting one. The poor know all about poverty, and only the morbid rich would find the topic glamorous." Love it or hate it, Nil by Mouth digs deep inside and never lets you go. Unlike Sullivan, Oldman had only to look inside himself to find his subject. He does an honest and remarkable job. Of course a film of this type is not going to win any Oscars - Oldman didn't make it to please anyone. Most will find this nihilistic and depressing, and they're right. Suffice to say, Oldman is a natural craftsman. If he continues to follow his heart and gut, who knows what else he might accomplish. A remarkable debut.


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