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The Debt Collector (1999)

Mean, gritty, dirty and low and that's just the Policeman Gary Keltie (Ken Stott) out for retribution for the horrendous crimes against the helpless people of Edinburgh during the nineteen ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nickie Dryden
Gary Keltie
Val Dryden
Catriona (as Shauna MacDonald)
Sandy Neilson ...
Julie Wilson Nimmo ...
Young Girl (as Julie Wilson-Nimmo)
Alan Francis ...
Young man
James Thomson ...
Stephen Duguid ...
Kev (as Steven Duguid)
Matt Costello ...
Policeman (as Matt Costelloe)
Policeman (as Stuart Blyth)
Gordon Orr ...


Mean, gritty, dirty and low and that's just the Policeman Gary Keltie (Ken Stott) out for retribution for the horrendous crimes against the helpless people of Edinburgh during the nineteen seventies, by notorious, torturous, and killer, debt collector Nickie Dryden (Billy Connolly). This is as hard as they come; giants of their professions one with a trade that needs to be kept secret and the other holding a grudge. Shot around the beautiful City of Edinburgh years later, with it coarse language and criminal underclass, we see the wrath of spite, hate, jealousy and violent vengeance all in the final showdown of justice and with it its uncompromising final debt to society. Written by Cinema_Fan

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Release Date:

25 June 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Alamaailman velkoja  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£27,891 (UK) (11 June 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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As a condition of funding from the Glasgow Film Fund, Glasgow locations stand in for most of the film's Edinburgh settings. See more »


Val Dryden: Keltie came to the house today.
Nickie Dryden: That cunt came to the hoose?
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References Braveheart (1995) See more »


Mist Covered Mountains of Home
Arranged by Major Gavin Stoddart
Performed by The Lone Piper
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A truly disturbing, truly bleak movie
7 February 2000 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

My title isn't to imply that this movie isn't worth seeing. If you can stand the despair, this movie is fantastic.

I found that the words of the Greeks came back to me as I was watching The Debt Collector. "Those whom the gods will destroy, they first make mad". It seemed apt for a modern tragedy in the tradition of Sophocles.

The best technique that Neilson used was lighting. It's rare to have a movie that goes from such brightness to such gloom. The wedding scene, for instance, was as bright and cheerful as you expect such a scene to be, but after Keltie's parting shot, we are outside, in the rain, the dark, the gloom... perfect!

The violence is something that others have commented on. It is so unlike the Hollywood violence that we are accustomed to seeing. This violence is very real, and more shocking and horrifying because of it. All the male lead characters were capable of violence, and it made me wonder how close we all are from such displays.

The Debt Collector is a story of hatred gone to extremes. It spoke to me of how hatred and revenge are empty ideas... and how it is much more important, if difficult to forgive those who have harmed you, and not to live in the past.

This movie is not for everyone, but if you are interested in tragedy, then you should see this film.

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