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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

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Nickie Dryden
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Gary Keltie
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Val Dryden
Iain Robertson ...
Flipper
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Lana
Alastair Galbraith ...
Colquhoun
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Catriona (as Shauna MacDonald)
Sandy Neilson ...
Duncan
Julie Wilson Nimmo ...
Young Girl (as Julie Wilson-Nimmo)
Alan Francis ...
Young man
James Thomson ...
Jobbie
Stephen Duguid ...
Kev (as Steven Duguid)
Matt Costello ...
Policeman (as Matt Costelloe)
Stuart Sinclair Blyth ...
Policeman (as Stuart Blyth)
Gordon Orr ...
Scott
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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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Box Office

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£27,891 (UK) (11 June 1999)

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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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References Braveheart (1995) See more »

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Composed by Pipe Major George Stoddart
Performed by The Massed Pipes and Drums 1998
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Powerful if bleak view of human nature
27 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

An excellent film, though what a bleak view of human nature. Connolly's character is trying to live a good life and the psychotic policeman is determined that it won't happen.

Real Shakespearian tragedy, the wilful misunderstanding of the others characters motives by virtually everyone in the film made the outcome inevitable. The fight in Edinburgh Castle was a wee bit on the unbelievable side, but definitely fitted into the dramatic tradition.

At the end you were left wondering who had actually benefited from the whole sordid mess?


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