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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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Valerie
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Billy
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Janet
Edna Doré ...
Kath
Chrissie Cotterill ...
Paula
Jon Morrison ...
Angus
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Mark
Steve Sweeney ...
Terry Rowley ...
M.C. in Club
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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Erään perheen elämästä  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Gary Oldman spent a year and a half prepping, making and releasing this labor of love. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Danny: Oi! Schmuddie, give us a fag.
Schmuddie: I ain't got a fag.
Danny: What's that?
Schmuddie: It's a spliff.
Danny: Well, I don't want a spliff, I want a fag.
Schmuddie: [sarcastically] Do ya?
Danny: Fuck ya!
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Featured in Especial Cannes: 50 Anos de Festival (1997) See more »

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Weakling
Written by Crazy Tad
Performed by Crazy Tad
Courtesy of Elektra Records
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Family
6 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Kathy Burke portrays the battered wife extremely well - taking it as part and parcel of being an east-end wide-boy's other half. It is inenvitable that she will go back to him (Ray Winstone) after her severe beating as that's the life she knows and as she holds traditional family views of marriage she wants her child to be raised by a mother and a father. She believes in love.The extended family plays a major role in supporting her, her mother (Leila Morse) is a hardened

woman but with a heart. They are not shocked by the going-ons of the

destruction caused by alcohol and drug addition. They just get on with it and this is a powerful message that with family, love and support, you can conquer any mountain.People see it as a depressing and disturbing film but the final

gestures and actions of all the characters suggest otherwise. Gary Oldman has done a great job in directing this film and it was brave of him and his sister to tackle a very difficult subject which has obviously affected their lives so deeply.


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