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Nil by Mouth (1997)

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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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Raymond
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Kath
Chrissie Cotterill ...
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Jon Morrison ...
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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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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Valerie: [to Ray] When you go out, you go out with your mates, and when you are in, you're pissed out and your brain's asleep in front of the fucking television. I turn the television off, go up to bed, you follow me up at three o'clock in the morning stinking of booze. That's what I get. Either that or you're knocking me about. I'm 30 today, you know, and I feel so fucking old. You know, I'm tired, you know, I wanna be able to look back and say, "Yeah, I had a bit of fun," you know, when I'm old, ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #2.2 (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (Means That You're Grand)
Written by Sholom Secunda and Jacob Jacobs
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of MCA Records
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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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