The Debt Collector (1999)

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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 ... 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)
Stuart Sinclair Blyth ...
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)


£27,891 (UK) (11 June 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


A Good Man
Written & Performed by Adrian Johnston & Anthony Neilson
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A film that is difficult to watch.
5 July 2000 | by (Bedfordshire,England) – See all my reviews

This a gritty , violent movie that i found quite hard to watch. Not because of the gritty nature of the film but because it was extremely depressing , so much so it spoilt the film . The film is about a ex debt collector(Billy Connolly) who has done his time for murder and the Policeman (Kenn Stott) who sent him down , who cannot still find it in himself to forgive him for the terrible things he did even though he was a changed man. I found it hard to understand why the Cop took it so personally . The language is about as blue as i have ever heard in a film and the violence is pretty bad too. One thing is for sure , the scottish tourist board will not be using this film to promote their capital city! Check out the actor who plays flipper, he looks like he fell out of the ugly tree hitting every branch on the way down. 6 out of 10.

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