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Ratcatcher (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama | 12 November 1999 (UK)
Glasgow, summer, 1973. Dustmen are striking; bags of garbage add to the blight of council flats and a fetid canal. Ryan, who's about 12, drowns during a play fight with his neighbor, the ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Da
Mandy Matthews ...
Ma
William Eadie ...
James
Michelle Stewart ...
Ellen
Lynne Ramsay Jr. ...
Anne Marie (as Lynne Ramsay Jnr.)
Leanne Mullen ...
Margaret Anne
John Miller ...
Kenny
Jackie Quinn ...
Mrs. Quinn
James Ramsay ...
Mr. Quinn
Anne McLean ...
Mrs. Fowler
Craig Bonar ...
Matt Monroe
Andrew McKenna ...
Billy
Mick Maharg ...
Stef
James Montgomery ...
Hammy
Thomas McTaggart ...
Ryan
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Glasgow, summer, 1973. Dustmen are striking; bags of garbage add to the blight of council flats and a fetid canal. Ryan, who's about 12, drowns during a play fight with his neighbor, the jug-eared James. James runs home, a flat where he lives with his often-drunk da, his ma, and sisters, who live in hope of moving to newly-built council flats. The slice-of-life, coming-of-age story follows James as he tags along with the older lads; has a friendship with his quirky wee rodent-loving neighbor, Kenny; spends time with Margaret Anne, myopic, slightly older, the local sexual punching bag; and, has a moment or two of joy. The strike may end, but is there any way out for James? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£52,378 (UK) (12 November 1999)

Gross:

$216,781 (USA) (27 April 2001)
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Trivia

The canal featured in the film was specifically built for the movie as all the already existing canals were either too polluted or too clean-looking to be used for the film. See more »

Goofs

A radio announcer mentions a football score "Stirling Albion 20, Selkirk 0." That game was played in 1984, not in the early 70's when the film was set. See more »

Quotes

Kenny: Goodbye, Snowball!
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

What's New Pussycat
Performed by Tom Jones
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Licensed from Charly Licensing ApS
Used by kind permission of EMI United Partnership Ltd.
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Best Film of 1999
8 May 2003 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

Contrary to some of the other user comments, which try to compare Ramsay to Loach, Tarkovsky, Bresson (though she cites these men as influences) I found Ratcatcher to stand on its own, and have a distinct style unto itself. The narrative seemlessly shifts from fantasy to reality, a characteristic of Ramsay's short films as well. To reduce Ramsay to a filmmaker only dealing with social realism misses the entire point of her film, which is to reconstruct a narrative as it would appear to a young boy plagued with guilt over his involvement with the death of a friend. Ratcatcher soars to levels of the fantastic world some remember from childhood (though not in a sentamental ridiculous way), transcending the stasis of her influences, who were concerned primarily with reality. Her films are not psycho-drama, they are composed in the "slice-of-life" style of some early new wave French Films, but that comparison is limited. If you liked Pixote, George Washington, 400 Blows, Los Olvidados, see their counterpart, it's that good. One of the best films about children you'll ever see.


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