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Ratcatcher (1999)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
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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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12 November 1999 (UK)  »

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Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,762 (USA) (13 October 2000)

Gross:

$216,781 (USA) (27 April 2001)
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One of Gary Oldman's favourite films. 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 »

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Kenny: Goodbye, Snowball!
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Volume 1, Musica Portica (Celestial Harmonies 13104-2)
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(p) 1995 Celestial Harmonies
By permission of Schott and Company Ltd London
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Kiesloskwi has an heir
14 February 2004 | by (Armagh, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Fantastic. I'm reminded of Kieslowski, before he got budgets and beautiful actresses (which is fine, they were gorgeous). The depiction of slum living as beautiful cinematically is a risky approach, but she pulls it off with aplomb. This film is great not because of its story but its images. The young kid staring out the window of the newly-constructed houses at the field of barley is utter beauty, I was reminded of Malick. The depiction of a young boy is superb, that child is a brilliant actor, watch the way he changes his walk when he's with the older, idiot, desensitised boys. And the mouse floating off to the moon on a helium balloon, surrealism lives, low budget FX and all, risky, works brilliantly, brought down to earth with 'But you killed him, Kenny.' No one who was ever a child and who enjoys brilliant cinematography will fail to enjoy this splendid film.


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