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Alexander Stuart (novel)
Alexander Stuart (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 June 1999 (Italy) See more »
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Tagline:
When the worst of men hides in a family with no history.
Plot:
An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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9 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Ray Winstone ... Dad

Lara Belmont ... Jessie
Freddie Cunliffe ... Tom

Tilda Swinton ... Mum

Colin Farrell ... Nick (as Colin J. Farrell)
Aisling O'Sullivan ... Carol

Kate Ashfield ... Lucy
Megan Thorp ... Baby Alice

Kim Wall ... Barman

Annabelle Apsion ... Nurse

Directed by
Tim Roth 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alexander Stuart  novel
Alexander Stuart  screenplay

Produced by
Eric Abraham .... executive producer
Steve Butterworth .... associate producer
Dixie Linder .... producer
Sarah Radclyffe .... producer
Paul Webster .... chief executive procuder: FilmFour
 
Original Music by
Simon Boswell 
 
Cinematography by
Seamus McGarvey 
 
Film Editing by
Trevor Waite 
 
Casting by
Sharon Howard-Field 
Jina Jay 
 
Production Design by
Michael Carlin 
 
Art Direction by
Karen Wakefield 
 
Set Decoration by
Liz Griffiths 
 
Costume Design by
Mary-Jane Reyner 
 
Makeup Department
Ivana Primorac .... hair stylist
Ivana Primorac .... makeup artist
Alex Volpe .... assistant hair stylist
Alex Volpe .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Gerry Gore .... unit manager
Tori Parry .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tamana Bleasdale .... third assistant director
Nick Heckstall-Smith .... first assistant director
George Walker .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Steve Carter .... stand-by art director
Justin Chappell .... carpenter
Raymond Churchouse .... plasterer (as Ray Churchouse)
Al Coulson .... carpenter
Noel Cowell .... stand-by propman
Chris Cutler .... dressing propman
John Fisher .... stagehand
David Fitzjohn .... master painter
Mark Folds .... sculptor
Andrew Garnet-Lawson .... scenic painter
Liz Griffiths .... production buyer
Nick Hatton .... painter
Simon Hutchings .... painter
Douglas Ingram .... storyboard artist
Josh Jones .... stand-by carpenter
Peter Langford .... plasterer
Pete Lennox .... chargehand carpenter (as Peter Lennox)
Jamie MacWilliam .... design assistant
Martin L. Mercer .... storyboard artist (as Martin Mercer)
Brian Pickett .... stand-by rigger
Tom Pleydell-Pearce .... dressing propman
Manfred Schumacher .... construction manager
Simon Scullion .... art department assistant
Del Smith .... plasterer
John Smith .... stand-by propman
Lance Smith .... stand-by painter
Geoff Stainthorp .... carpenter (as Geoff Stainthorp)
Sam Stokes .... props master
David Williams .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Paul Carr .... adr mixer
Paul Carr .... dubbing mixer
Jan Cholawo .... foley editor
Robert Farr .... sound mixer
Geoff Foster .... recording engineer
Joe Gallagher .... dialogue editor
Diane Greaves .... foley artist (as Dianne Greaves)
Jim Greenhorn .... sound mixer
Steve Mayer .... boom operator
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
Marcus Willates .... sound trainee
Ian Wilson .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
David Beavis .... special effects supervisor
Gary Cohen .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Alex Hope .... digital effects supervisor
Martin Body .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Eunice Huthart .... stunt woman
Lee Sheward .... stunts
Lee Sheward .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jaap Buitendijk .... still photographer
Stuart Bunting .... grip
Perry Cullen .... generator operator
Lyn Gaskin .... camera trainee
Paul Harris .... electrician
Peter Harris .... electrician
Baz Irvine .... focus puller
David Matches .... clapper loader
Christine Parry .... still photographer
Alastair Rae .... Steadicam operator
Simon Thirlaway .... best boy
Lee Walters .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Shaheen Baig .... casting assistant
Chloe Emmerson .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Margie Fortune .... costume supervisor
Sandra Milman .... costume supervisor
Leigh Nicol .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Peter Christelis .... first assistant editor
Robert Laycock .... lightworks assistant
Julian May .... editor trainee
Darren Price .... post-production runner
Simon Sleap .... second assistant editor
Aidan Williams .... post-production assistant
 
Music Department
Terry Davies .... conductor
Terry Davies .... orchestrator
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Colin Rae .... music copyist
Christopher Ross .... musician: piano solo
Bruce White .... viola
 
Transportation Department
Brian Bassnett .... driver: camera
Brett Curran .... driver: rushes
Sonny Donato .... driver: artists
John Fisher .... driver
Alan Higman .... driver: minibus
Keith Julian .... driver: minibus
Bill Lilburn .... driver: wardrobe
Hugh McLellan .... driver: makeup
Keith Scott .... driver: minibus
Andy Thorn .... driver: construction
 
Other crew
Linzi Baltrunas .... assistant location manager: London
Lucy Bevan .... assistant to producer
Lee Brazier .... assistant to Chief Executive Film Four - Paul Webster
Chris Brock .... location manager
Philip Clark .... assistant location manager
Nicola Coleen .... dyer
Helena Day .... stand-in
Dominic Dew .... caterer
Alan Dixon .... fire fighter
Patricia Dobson .... unit publicist
Francesca Dowd .... production coordinator
Penny Dyer .... dialogue coach
Bill Godfrey .... financial advisor
Jack Goscic .... caterer
Barney Green .... chaperone
Tom Hooper .... contact: London
Rachel James .... production accountant
Sarah Kaye .... assistant production accountant
Sarah Lee .... location manager
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Anne MacFarlane .... caterer
Karen Marshall .... caterer
Charles McDonald .... publicist
Rebecca McLaughlin-Mills .... production runner
Belinda Pope .... assistant to director
Janet Raymond .... unit nurse
Brian Shemmings .... health and safety advisor
Amanda Street .... international sales: FilmFour
Buck Taylor .... fire fighter
Alex Thorp .... chaperone
Ian Thorp .... chaperone
Christian Wheeler .... conforming assistant
 
Thanks
Esther Douglas .... special thanks
Louise Seymour .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Tim Roth's The War Zone" - USA (poster title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content, some involving molestation, and for nudity, language and a scene of violence
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98 min
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Despite the fact that this was shot with J-D-C anamorphic lenses, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
approximately harrowing, 6 October 2008
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Tim Roth as director delivers a drama with the kind of gut-wrenching family story that happens only so often in the movies; not even Todd Field's films, however excellent, come close to The War Zone as being truly insightful into a specific dark corridor of a family slowly ripping itself apart. Part of it is the exceptional naturalistic acting, wherein actors I've never seen before like Lara Belmont and Freddie Cunliffe are subtle in just glances and stares to one another, and when they dig deep into the tragic parts of the story they're revelatory, maybe even more so than Ray Winstone and Tilda Swinton. You can't take your eyes off of Cunliffe.

In the War Zone the family is a father, mother, son and daughter, with the mother giving birth to a newborn daughter at the opening of the film. The story, however rightfully thin, concerns the secret that Jessie and Tom holding fragility when Tom sees Jessie and their father in an incestuous act. There's denial, fighting, lots of scorn that grows between the two, while the rift between the son and the family becomes so thick that it could explode at any moment. But what's brilliant about the story, as well as rightfully heartbreaking, is how logically the tragedy unfolds, how the secret soon comes apart and leads into some unexpected scenes (one of which involving self-abuse, the other towards the end, a more conventional but still shocking act of violence).

Roth could be considered purely an actor's director, and he is one first and foremost. But he also is able to convey a profound sense of agony if only with the choice of scenery, of this quiet and dark seaside area and the bunker by the house where the incest takes place (apparently the R-rated version omits some explicit bits, but it doesn't feel compromised and actually helps by showing little), and the shots he films linger as much on the characters as in the viewer's mind. This isn't merely some pretentious decision but a deliberate choice that, somewhat akin to a Bergman picture, emphasizes those crushing beats that are much truer than something more stylish.

With the "unflinching eye", as some other critics have noted, Roth shows us things that make us uncomfortable, but because of this it doesn't lie and that's a great service through art for those who have been afflicted with abuse in families. At the least, it isn't a schlock-TV movie. A+

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