5.8/10
325
17 user 8 critic

The Criminal (1999)

R | | Action, Drama | January 2001 (UK)
A musician is plunged into a world of femmes fatales, espionage, deceit, state-ordered executions and trial by media.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Criminal (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Director: Saad Hendawi
Stars: Hani Salama, Nicole Saba, Khaled El Sawy
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An ex-con who's taken part in the robbery of a racetrack is caught and sent back to prison, but he won't tell his fellow gang members where he's stashed the loot. The gang kidnaps his ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Stanley Baker, Sam Wanamaker, Grégoire Aslan
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A WWII Drama about a German/Jewish industrialist who, in order to ensure his family's safe passage out of Germany, is forced to hand over his business to the Nazis.

Director: John Daly
Stars: Martin Landau, Kenny Doughty, Caroline Carver
Chinese Box (1997)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Jeremy Irons, Li Gong, Maggie Cheung
Best Seller (1987)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Hit man Cleve approaches writer/cop Dennis about a story for his next book: How Cleve made a living, working for one of the most powerful politicians in the country. To get the story right,... See full summary »

Director: John Flynn
Stars: James Woods, Brian Dennehy, Victoria Tennant
First Born (2007)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Laura's expecting. Her husband, Steven's a loving guy but has little time for her. Her mom lives thousands of miles away. Forced to give up on her dreams, she's always been a bit edgy. A ... See full summary »

Director: Isaac Webb
Stars: Elisabeth Shue, Steven Mackintosh, Kathleen Chalfant
Southie (1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

South Boston Irish bad boy Danny Quinn returns back home from New York and gets stuck between his pals, who are supported by one Irish mafia clan, and his family, which are members of ... See full summary »

Director: John Shea
Stars: Donnie Wahlberg, Rose McGowan, Anne Meara
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An unhappily married white policeman in Sierra Leone falls in love with a white girl and starts an affair. He soon starts feeling guilty.

Director: George More O'Ferrall
Stars: Trevor Howard, Elizabeth Allan, Maria Schell
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Trying to shake his troubled past and start a new honest life, Floyd loses his job because of that past. With nowhere to go but back home in Oklahoma he gets news that his father's been ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert J. Leder
Stars: John Ericson, Barry Newman, Roy Fant
The Bargee (1964)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Hemel Pike is a canal barge casanova, aided and abetted by his illiterate cousin, Ronnie. Hemel has a girl in every town along his route, and each one is intent on marriage. He is finally ... See full summary »

Director: Duncan Wood
Stars: Harry H. Corbett, Hugh Griffith, Eric Sykes
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Already three trustees of the Van Traylen fund have died during the last months, looking like suicides. However after a mysterious accident of a bus with the last three trustees and 30 ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sasdy
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Diana Dors
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists.

Director: Paul Justman
Stars: Joe Hunter, Jack Ashford, Uriel Jones
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jasper Rawlins
...
Det. Insp. Walker
...
Peter Hume
...
Sarah Maitland
...
Mason
...
Det. Sgt. Rebecca White
...
Harris
Jana Carpenter ...
Grace
Justin Shevlin ...
The Barker
Barry Stearn ...
Noble
...
Clive
Timothy Bateson ...
Thomas
...
Arsey Barmaid
Matthew Blackmore ...
Guy
Ingrid Bradley ...
Scantily dressed woman
Edit

Storyline

Jasper Rawlins, a none-too-successful musician, finds himself chatting with a beautiful woman at his neighborhood bar. She goes home with him, direct and frank in answer to his nervousness. During the night, someone breaks into his flat and cuts her throat. He runs into the arms of the police, who dismiss his story, but release him while they search for the weapon. He investigates the crime, and over the next few days, meets a knowing pornographer, hit men, and other schemers. As dead bodies pile up wherever he goes, the police are soon looking for him with guns drawn. As he discovers secrets about a shadowy corporation, the police close in. Can he find someone to trust? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Innocence Is No Protection

Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

January 2001 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El criminal  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Peter Hume: The refugees, genocide... they're just a sideshow, distracting everyone from the real agenda: power and influence.
See more »

Connections

References The Parallax View (1974) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

This is the type of film Britain should be making...
27 August 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Okay, it may not have the budget of Enemy of the State, but Julian Simpson's first film was undeniably enjoyable nonetheless. The Criminal, withstanding a few minor glitches, is one of the most likeable British films I've seen in ages. I must admit that I am slightly biased as I love conspiracy films but this had all the right ingredients: the innocent everyman hero on the run, spies, femme fatales, plot twists etc. It occasionally felt as if some scenes could've been cut to quicken the pace, but as it is it's still very entertaining.

Bernard Hill, the Captain from Titanic, was brilliant as the foul-mouthed bad-tempered policeman, and Steven Mackintosh was believable as the everyman hero, without resulting to cliche's. The rest of the cast was made up with faces from TV, but this didn't matter as they were all great.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Criminal (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?