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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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Nickie Dryden
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Gary Keltie
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Val Dryden
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Lana
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Colquhoun
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Catriona (as Shauna MacDonald)
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Duncan
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Young Girl (as Julie Wilson-Nimmo)
Alan Francis ...
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James Thomson ...
Jobbie
Stephen Duguid ...
Kev (as Steven Duguid)
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Policeman (as Matt Costelloe)
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Policeman (as Stuart Blyth)
Gordon Orr ...
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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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25 June 1999 (UK)  »

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£27,891 (UK) (11 June 1999)
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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 »

Quotes

Colquhoun: You're a grumpy old cunt. I almost got used to having you around.
Gary Keltie: You're a grumpy old cunt, sir!
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First class thriller
15 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. The acting was excellent throughout and the storyline gritty and lifelike. This is life at the raw end of the spectrum. The violence was visceral and essential to the plot. Some good sights of Edinburgh and the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.

A tale of a violent man struggling to shake off his past, though it seems far behind him. When a contemporary from that past makes it all the more difficult to forget the haunting truth of 'another' life. Nick Dryden ,convicted gangster and man of violence emerges from prison a respected sculptor and marries a middle class journalist.

Francesca Annis for me took the acting honours though all the male roles were almost equally well performed.Stott and Connolly both excel.

As someone said already 'a debt well worth collecting', see it soon if you haven't already


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