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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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Janet
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Jon Morrison ...
Angus
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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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Oldman's original title for this film was "Smoke." See more »

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

Quotes

Ray: I'll fight for you... I'll fight forever... forever... I love you...
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Featured in Especial Cannes: 50 Anos de Festival (1997) See more »

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Weakling
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An unpleasant slice of life
27 March 2006 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I have a very hard time watching this movie. This is not a movie to put in for a relaxing night at home, as its very painful to watch. This is reality. These are situations that are happening right now in homes across the world.

This movie is extremely powerful in its portrayal of a working class British family, as the struggle with problems such as drug and domestic abuse. The acting is simply amazing. It practically transcends acting and you feel that you are watching real people struggle through these things. Its a reality show in which the people don't know they're being watched.

This film is a tough journey to take, as its very painful and emotional, but it is ultimately rewarding to sit through it and reach the conclusion.

Very highly recommended, but be warned, this movie pulls no punches and shows you life as it is.


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