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Twin Town (1997)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 9 May 1997 (USA)
Twin Town opens with wide sweeping shots of seaside Swansea; to be the place of action for the next one and a half hours. The serene setting with miles upon miles of old semi-detached ... See full summary »

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Llyr Ifans ...
Julian Lewis (as Llyr Evans)
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Jeremy Lewis
Dorien Thomas ...
Greyo
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Buddug Williams ...
Mrs. Mort
Ronnie Williams ...
Mr. Mort
Huw Ceredig ...
Fatty Lewis
Rachel Scorgie ...
Adie Lewis
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Jean Lewis
Mary Allen ...
Olive
Paul Durden ...
Taxi Driver
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Dodgy
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Brian Hibbard ...
Dai Reese
Morgan Hopkins ...
Chip Roberts
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Twin Town opens with wide sweeping shots of seaside Swansea; to be the place of action for the next one and a half hours. The serene setting with miles upon miles of old semi-detached housing is suddenly cleaved apart by two young lads tearing through the neighbourhood in a two tone BMW 525. Julian and Jeremy are in deep trouble. Their dysfunctional family scrapes together a living from their dole money and odd-jobs offered to their father. The boys have long since turned to drug abuse and car theft leading a happy-go-lucky life in downtown no-hoper city. In due course the plot thickens as the boys are out for revenge against wealthy club owner Bryn who is not particularly helpful in providing compensation when their father is hit by an accident when working on his premises. The boys are fairly imaginative when it comes to planning their strike, culminating in scenes which all dog-haters and karaoke loathers will love. Written by Alexander Weidt <demos@cs.tu-berlin.de>

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9 May 1997 (USA)  »

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A Cidade dos Gémeos  »

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$3,300,000 (estimated)

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$74,188 (USA) (30 May 1997)
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The scene in a restaurant (which follows the scene where Greyo and Terry Walsh meet the English drug dealer outside Swansea train station) was filmed in a restaurant called "The Espresso". In real life geography this location makes perfect sense as the restaurant itself is directly adjacent to the train station and there is, in fact, a plaque mounted by the side of the table where the scene was filmed. See more »

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Dodgy: 'Ere, you got a Versace down here, Taff?
Greyo: No.
Dodgy: A Kwik-Fit?
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Crazy Mixed Up Girl
Written by Martin Ace and Paul Durden
Performed by Martin Ace
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A GEM - the unpolished Black Opal of the film industry...
5 March 1999 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

Very very funny.

A sleeper hiding in the dusty back shelves of the video store, that I took out one night with curiosity and no expectations. I'm three-quarters English, a quarter Welsh and have spent a long time in Australia, but I don't think it was just the Welsh part of me that enjoyed this movie.

I loved its roughness, its quirkiness, its lack of perfection and its reality and sure! some of the characters were grubby, superficial and less than enervating.

This is a loosely woven picture of reality in an under-privileged urban environment with all the mundanity, idiocy, drama, violence, beauty and humour of everyday life that eddies around us, and in this instance, the Lewis twins. There are a couple of truly hilarious scenes that very few actors could emulate, but the twins in the movie are twins in real life and it flows naturally.

Revenge escalates inevitably beyond the frivolous into the 'deadly' serious with a speed and abandonment that has you gasping. But unlike some movies that lose it at the end, this one magically gathers in all the loose threads and delivers a finale of epic proportions that elegantly spans the coldly ruthless and the vauntingly sublime and leaves you with a sense of deep justice.

GREAT. This is the sort of stuff the Americans don't do very often or very well, and mostly misunderstand when someone else does it properly. This was done properly.

Reviewers disappointed by an inevitable comparison with Trainspotting obviously missed a lot of the subtle stuff in both movies that is exclusive to the towns, times and cultures they portray. They got sidetracked by the 'big' issues ....

Shelve your preconceptions, grab the remote and replay all those bits that are hard to catch if your ear isn't tuned to the accent. Sure it helps if bad language doesn't get in the way of enjoyment, but let's face it, you should be used to those Anglo-Saxon and Gaelic words by now - so if you can handle it, this one's a delight - but it'll never be mainstream.


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