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Nil by Mouth (1997)

R | | Drama | 6 February 1998 (USA)
A rough, short-tempered patriarch of a working class family has his life and the relationships around him slowly unravel.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Laila Morse ...
Janet
Edna Doré ...
Kath
Chrissie Cotterill ...
Paula
Jon Morrison ...
Angus
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Terry Rowley ...
M.C. in Club
Sam Miller ...
Club Comic
Leah Fitzgerald ...
Michelle
Gerry Bromfield ...
Drug Dealer
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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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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: I'll send Michelle your love.
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Soundtracks

Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
Written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Kathleen Oldman
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piercingly precise
12 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I WAS (allegorically) the Lil girl on the stairs watching it all, this film had me in tears literally, if you have been lucky enough NOT to have lived through this kind of abuse, rock on, but for those of us who have been there this is a shockingly accurate depiction, I cried all the way through (I used to have every Monday off school to get a new set of false teeth for my mother). This film is so close to the heart it is unbelievable, and I am only padding this out to make the minimum review length why should i need 10 lines of text why should i need 10 lines of textwhy should i need 10 lines of textwhy should i need 10 lines of textwhy should i need 10 lines of textwhy should i need 10 lines of text


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