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Nil by Mouth (1997)

R | | Drama | 6 February 1998 (USA)
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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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 ...
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Leah Fitzgerald ...
Michelle
Gerry Bromfield ...
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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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Janet is played by director Gary Oldman's sister, Laila Morse. See more »

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

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Billy: We had a fucking dog years ago, beautiful dog, it was. All Stations, it was. That's what I used to call it. That what I thought they was saying when I was little. All stations, you know. German shepard. Judy, her name was. Yeah, me dad fucking put her down when I was little. I went on holiday with me nan, and, um, when I came back, right, he's fobbed us off with some right swaggy story about how it bit someone over at the park. The lying cunt. Fucking loved that dog! That broke my heart, that ...
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Connections

Featured in Especial Cannes: 50 Anos de Festival (1997) See more »

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Little Sheila
Written by Laurel Aiken and Gil Cang
Performed by NLH with Spike 'T' and Saunders
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Like a fresh breeze from England's gutters
12 May 2003 | by ( Tampere, Finland) – See all my reviews

I liked this films' authentic look.

I have middle class friends who describe this film as "depressing".

To me it was uplifting. It was great to see all these working class characters, even the horrible one, portrayed with a feeling of dignity and sincereness.

Not your average plastic movie. Real life, real emotions. I liked it, because it at last portrayed the life of the modern underclass with realism. The characters take over the story in this film, so if you like that, take a look. Thank you, Gary Oldman.


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