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The Limey -- An extremely volatile and dangerous Englishman goes to Los Angeles to find the man he considers responsible for his daughter's death.

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Writer (WGA):
Lem Dobbs (written by)
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Release Date:
4 August 1999 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
Vengeance knows no boundaries. See more »
Plot:
An extremely volatile and dangerous Englishman goes to Los Angeles to find the man he considers responsible for his daughter's death. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Love in unexpected places See more (236 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Terence Stamp ... Wilson

Lesley Ann Warren ... Elaine

Luis Guzmán ... Eduardo Roel (as Luis Guzman)

Barry Newman ... Jim Avery

Joe Dallesandro ... Uncle John (as Joe Dallessandro)

Nicky Katt ... Stacy the Hitman

Peter Fonda ... Terry Valentine

Amelia Heinle ... Adhara

Melissa George ... Jennifer 'Jenny' Wilson

William Lucking ... Warehouse Foreman

Matthew Kimbrough ... Tom Johannson

John Robotham ... Rick (Valentine's Bodyguard)

Steve Heinze ... Larry (Valentine's Bodyguard)

Nancy Lenehan ... Lady on Plane

Wayne Pére ... Pool Hall Creep (as Wayne Péré)

John Cothran ... DEA Guy (as John Cothran Jr.)

Ousaun Elam ... DEA Guy (as Ousan Elam)
Dwayne McGee ... DEA Guy
Brian Bennet ... DEA Guy

Allan Graf ... Gordon (Valentine's Head Bodyguard)

Carl Ciarfalio ... Warehouse Thug (as Carl Ciarflio)
George Marshall Ruge ... Warehouse Thug (as George Ruge)
Lincoln Simonds ... Warehouse Thug
Rainbow Borden ... Warehouse Sweeper
Michaela Gallo ... Young Jennifer

Jose Perez ... Teen Gun Dealer

Alex Perez ... Teen Gun Dealer

Brandon Keener ... Excited Guy
Jim Jenkins ... Party Guy
Mark Gerschwin ... Party Guy #2

Johnny Sanchez ... Valet

Brooke Marie Bridges ... Child Actress

Randy Lowell ... Director
Eva Rodriguez ... Ed's Sister
James Earl Olmedo ... Ed's Nephew
Jamie Lin Olmedo ... Ed's Niece

Clement Blake ... Pool Hall Bartender (as Clement E. Blake)
Tom Pardoe ... Party Bartender
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ann-Margret ... Terry Valentine's Ex-Wife (scenes deleted)

George Clooney ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bill Duke ... Head DEA Agent (uncredited)
Deirdre O'Brien ... Party Girl (uncredited)
David Ward ... Edward Ford (Cab Driver) (uncredited)
Carol White ... Wilson's Wife (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Steven Soderbergh 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Lem Dobbs (written by)

Produced by
John Hardy .... producer
Scott Kramer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cliff Martinez 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman  (as Ed Lachman)
 
Film Editing by
Sarah Flack 
 
Casting by
Debra Zane 
 
Production Design by
Gary Frutkoff 
 
Set Decoration by
Kathryn Peters 
 
Costume Design by
Louise Frogley 
 
Makeup Department
Ken Chase .... makeup artist
Bonnie Clevering .... key hair stylist
Raqueli Dahan .... makeup artist
Deborah Mills-Whitlock .... hair stylist
Waldo Sanchez .... hair stylist
Rick Sharp .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Frederic W. Brost .... unit production manager (as Fred Brost)
Pat Chapman .... unit production manager
Caitlin Maloney .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa J. Bloch .... second second assistant director (as Lisa Bloch)
Vincent G. Gonzales .... additional second assistant director (as Vincent Gonzales)
David Hallinan .... second assistant director (as Dave Hallinan)
Gregory Jacobs .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Peter Bankins .... property master
Andrea Brody .... art department assistant
Jon J. Bush .... set dresser (as Jon Bush)
David Elton .... on-set dresser
Harry Frierson .... set dresser
Kris Fuller .... set dresser
Christine Hughen .... shopper
Blair Huizingh .... art department coordinator
Michael Koellner .... set dresser
Alberto Christiano Lombardo .... assistant property master (as Alberto Lombardo)
R. Patrick McGee .... set dresser
Chris Patterson .... on-set dresser (as Chris T. Patterson)
David C. Potter .... lead man
Stuart Rankine .... propmaster: additional photography
Scott Shordon .... stand-by painter (as Scott P. Shordon)
Troy Myers .... leadman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Betancourt .... foley mixer
Larry Blake .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Blake .... supervising sound editor
Carrie Cashman .... foley recordist
Mike Chock .... sound editor (as Michael Chock)
Perry Dodgson .... boom operator
Ezra Dweck .... sound editor
Dawn Fintor .... foley artist
Eric Flickinger .... sound re-recordist: Vine Street
Tom Fox .... utility sound
Aaron Glascock .... all-purpose sound editor
James Morioka .... assistant sound editor
John Pospisil .... sound editor
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... sound re-recording mixer (as Melissa S. Hofmann)
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Patrick Stoltz .... sound re-recording engineer: Vine Street (as Pat Stoltz)
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor
James E. Webb .... production sound mixer (as Jim Webb)
Jon Vogl .... foley recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Scott Garcia .... special effects assistant
Kevin Hannigan .... special effects coordinator
Eric Rylander .... special effects foreman
 
Visual Effects by
Scott Dougherty .... visual effects producer: Cinesite (uncredited)
Vincent Lavares .... digital asset manager (uncredited)
Tiffany Smith .... visual effects production coordinator: Cinesite (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Christie Hayes .... stunt double: Melissa George
Eddie Matthews .... stunts (as Ed Matthews)
Noon Orsatti .... stunts
Jeff Ramsey .... stunts
John Robotham .... stunt coordinator
Jason Rodriguez .... stunts
Kerry Rossall .... stunts
Peter Stader .... stunts
Brian J. Williams .... stunt double: Barry Newman (as Brian Williams)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Craig Aines .... rigging grip
Gary Brostrom .... key rigging grip (as Gary A. Brostrom)
Kevin Brown .... electrician
Charles John Bukey .... key grip
Russell Caldwell .... best boy electric
Robert Clancey .... rigging grip
Thomas Currna .... grip
Ray De La Motte .... camera operator (as Ray de la Motte)
Stacy De La Motte .... camera loader (as Stacy de la Motte)
John W. DeBlau .... gaffer (as John DeBlau)
Julian Del Valle .... light balloon technician
Gary Dunham .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Frank Endewardt .... electrician
Tammy Fouts .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Mike Hall .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Keith Hartley .... rigging electrician
Richard Hartley .... rigging gaffer
Roman Jakobi .... electrician
Eric Lopez .... electrician
Bob Marshak .... still photographer
Daisuke Dice Miyake .... grip (as Daisuke 'Dice' Miyake)
Robert W. Morgenroth .... video supervisor (as Bob Morgenroth)
Lionel T. Portugal Sr. .... grip (as Lionel Portugal Sr.)
Reginald Powell .... electrician (as Reg Powell)
Jonathon E. Salzman .... electrician (as Jon Salzman)
Katie Santore .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Paul Threlkeld .... dolly grip
Dave Tutokey .... rigging best boy
Marta Weiss .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Paul David Williams .... best boy grip (as Paul Williams)
Dylan Rush .... set lighting (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Rich King .... extras casting
Terri Taylor .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzanne Cranfill .... set costumer
Robert Gmuer .... costumer
Joyce Kogut .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Carol A. Ellison Fleming .... first assistant editor (as Carol Ellison Fleming)
Angie Luckey .... assistant editor
Colin J. O'Hara .... post-production assistant
Dana Ross .... color timer
Anne Sawyer .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Buck Damon .... music consultant
David Piltch .... musician: bass
Reed Ruddy .... music recordist: strings, Studio X/Seattle
Amanda Scheer-Demme .... music supervisor
Jack Smalley .... conductor: strings
Jack Smalley .... music arranger: strings
Leanne Ungar .... music mixer
Leanne Ungar .... music recordist
Michael Glenn Williams .... musician: piano (as Michael Williams)
 
Transportation Department
Rich Bennetti .... picture car coordinator (as Richard Bennetti)
Loren Bess .... driver
Jon Carpenter .... transportation coordinator
Gary Cheek .... driver
Emil Gergov .... driver
David Glavin .... driver (as Dave Glavin)
Diane Glavin .... driver
Leon Glavin .... driver
David W. Goodman .... driver
Shane Greedy .... transportation captain (as Shane S. Greedy)
Jeff Lira .... driver
Brita McCollough .... driver
Douglas Miller .... driver (as Douglas G. Miller)
John Quittner .... driver
Chance Robertson .... driver
Chip Robinson .... driver
Albert C. Rusk .... driver (as Albert C. Rusk Jr.)
Bruce Shanahan .... driver
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Joseph E. Jones .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Newell Alexander .... adr loop group
Cassandra Barbour .... footage clearances provider: Entertainment Clearances
Allan Bragg .... stand-in: Terence Stamp
Laure Brost .... accounting assistant
Mitch Carter .... adr loop group
Brett Cody .... video coordinator
David Conley .... production office coordinator
David Cowgill .... adr loop group
Phylis Decker .... assistant location manager: Monterey (as Phyllis Decker)
Quinn Donoghue .... unit publicist
Charles Drake .... craft service
Ike Eisenmann .... adr loop group (as Iake Eissinmann)
Elisa Gabrielli .... adr loop group
Kelli Gillam .... payroll accountant
Jane E. Graves .... assistant location manager
Ronald E. Hairston .... craft service (as Ronald Hairston)
John Hillman .... assistant accountant
Allissa Juillet .... production office assistant: Monterey
Cheryl Kurk .... production accountant
Michael LaCorte .... set production assistant
Ken Lavet .... location manager (as Kenneth D. Lavet)
Luisa Leschin .... adr loop group
Keri Littledeer .... first aid
Caitlin Maloney .... assistant: Mr. Soderbergh, Mr. Hardy and Mr. Kramer
Antoine Mascaro .... caterer
Edie Mirman .... adr loop group
Lauren Moore .... stand-in
Colin J. O'Hara .... production secretary
Ferguson Reid .... first aid
Nancy Reid .... assistant production coordinator
David Sabee .... contractor: strings
Laura Sevier .... footage clearances provider: Entertainment Clearances
Lynn Struiksma .... set production assistant
Annie Welles .... script supervisor
Claudette Wells .... adr loop group
Julie Adams .... dialect coach: Terence Stamp (uncredited)
Michelle Gold .... on-set production assistant (uncredited)
Lauren Moore .... photo double (uncredited)
Timothy Scott Ralston .... studio projectionist (uncredited)
Cathy Ziehl .... studio assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Ken Loach .... special thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and language
Runtime:
89 min
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Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Steven Soderbergh] [rhyming cockney slang]See also Ocean's Eleven (2001)See more »
Quotes:
Wilson:Eddy... yeah, he's me new "china".
Elaine:What?
Wilson:china plate... mate.
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Movie Connections:
References Vanishing Point (1971)See more »
Soundtrack:
It Happens Each DaySee more »

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41 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Love in unexpected places, 12 April 2003
Author: bliss66 from London, England

Somewhere between Out of Sight and the hype of the Erin Brockovich/Traffic double-punch, Soderbergh made this diamond of a film. Terence Stamp is the gem at the centre of it, his beautiful face, always a cinematic treasure, a virtual masterclass in film acting. How this performance went ignored is beyond me but maybe that punishment is fitting for the career criminal he plays.

He is Wilson who after finishing a nine-year sentence "at her Majesty's leisure" goes to L.A. to discover how his daugher, Jenny, met her end while he was in the big house and to avenge her death. Peter Fonda plays her former lover, a wicked, soulless record producer who was big in the sixties and both actors trade on the ghosts of their cinematic pasts to striking effect; particularly Stamp, as footage from his 1967 film, Poor Cow (directed by Ken Loach), is repurposed and edited into the film's ever-shifting timescape. (It is a credit to Soderbergh that he would dare to use another filmmaker's footage and make it so central to his own, even using Loach's footage for his closing shots. In Soderbergh's hands it shows that he is first and foremost a storyteller instead of a shallow egotist and it plays like a grand, cinematic homage to his star.)

Soderbergh shuffles time and Wilson's life like a deck of cards yet always keeps the story moving forward--the editing by Sarah Flak is a marvel. It's a lovely, startling effect; rather than weigh the narrative down with a number of plodding, onerous details, this style keeps the thing as light as a souffle yet full of implications as we imagine the ways and necessities of Wilson telling and retelling, hashing over his life, representing and misrepresenting his actions or inaction. These are the lies he tells himself, the truth he can live with. It's completely engaging and frees the viewer to imagine the surrounding details and circumstances however they like. He certainly couldn't have done it with anyone but Stamp, who is solid throughout; his stillness and his beautiful blue, crystalline eyes like placid pools of water that mask a depth of feeling and a lifetime of regret. That we empathise with an ignoble savage like Wilson at all is purely down to Stamp's controlled, unsentimental performance. Stamp's Wilson doesn't make apologies. Terence Stamp is iconic precisely because of the films he chose to make, particularly after Schlesinger's Far From The Madding Crowd when he could've done anything but went to work with Loach, Pasolini and Fellini instead. Like his co-star Fonda, who also spent many years in the wilderness, Stamp's performance in The Limey stands as a long-promised return to form, which he'd been hinting at for years.

There's great support from Luis Guzman, Lesley Ann Warren (as an L.A. acting coach, who suggests in her few short scenes with Stamp a potentially epic romance), Barry Newman as Fonda's henchman and the startlingly fresh Amelia Henle who shows that, yes, there is an art to playing "the girlfriend." (Joe Dallesandro is in there somewhere as well in some capacity but is completely unrecognisable.) If the slight bit in the middle lacks the polish of the beginning and the end (it appears a large subplot about two hitmen must've been jettisoned in the editing room), the dialogue still crackles throughout, with Stamp--as a one-man amalgam of London's east end--throwing off Cockney rhyming slang ("China" "plates" thus "mates") and reminding us of what made London swing in the '60's. Very stylish, Soderbergh's control of the emotional depth of the story is impressive, as is the acting--as always in his films. Deserves a much wider audience.

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