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Writers:
Alexander Stuart (novel)
Alexander Stuart (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 June 1999 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
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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Awards:
9 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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(39 articles)
User Reviews:
An Excellent Find See more (126 total) »

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
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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Additional Details

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
Runtime:
98 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Directorial debut of Tim Roth. As of 2014, it's his only film as a director.See more »

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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
An Excellent Find, 11 November 2005
Author: Michael Margetis (pmargetis@cox.net) from United States

I have seen many powerful films in my life, but few compare to the off-beat, unsettling and totally uncompromising 'War Zone', actor turned director Tim Roth's first film. Many people despised it for being so raunchy, straight-forward and too realistic, while others praised it for that very same reason. 'The War Zone' is a very hard-to-watch film because it portrays incest -- such a terrible and disgusting event going on in some families today. I was repulsed by the film's haunting and brooding score, but I have to say I was amazed also. 'The War Zone' is a brilliant film and an incredible first effort from Tim Roth.

'The War Zone' follows an isolated British family living in the lush green hills somewhere in England. The family consists of a dad (Ray Winstone - Sexy Beast), a mum (Tilda Swinton - The Deep End), a baby (Megan Thorp), a in-her-late-teens daughter (Lara Belmont) and a in-his-younger-teens son (Freddie Cunliffe) who's perspective the film is shot from. Everything seems to be going so excellent for this new family with the new baby and all, until one day the son sees something he's not supposed to -- the dad molesting the daughter. This tears this seemingly happy family apart and it comes to a huge, yucky boil at the end of the feature.

'The War Zone' moves a little slow towards the beginning but in a way that it is it's only flaw. Tim Roth does a semi-amateurish but mostly consistent job directing while Alexander Stuart provides an incredible screenplay that should have picked up an Oscar nomination. The cast is astounding with a powerhouse lead performance from Ray Winstone that proves him to be perhaps one of the finest British actors working in film today. Tilda Swinton is excellent for the limited screen time her character as 'mum' has, while the movie in a way belongs to the kids. Freddie Cunliffe is extraordinary in his role, while newcomer Lara Belmont is spellbinding in every scene and never ceases to bring emotion out of the viewer. Supposedly she was working at 'Burger King' before she did the film. I think it's safe to say she won't be working there anymore. The camera-work is really low-budget and the DVD frustrated me because it had no subtitles.

All in all, Tim Roth's 'The War Zone' is an amazing motion picture but a crappy DVD. The poorly-formatted DVD is worth buying just because of the awesome quality of the movie itself. If you love and appreciate film and think you have a strong enough stomach for this one, be sure to do a 100-meter dash to the videostore and snag a copy of 'The War Zone'. Grade: A-

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