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Ratcatcher (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama | 12 November 1999 (UK)
An unabashed kid navigates the filthy world of 1973 Glasgow, preoccupying himself with the equally poor youth around him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Da
Mandy Matthews ...
Ma
William Eadie ...
Michelle Stewart ...
Ellen
Lynne Ramsay Jr. ...
Anne Marie (as Lynne Ramsay Jnr.)
Leanne Mullen ...
John Miller ...
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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Boku to sora to mugibatake  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£52,378 (United Kingdom), 14 November 1999, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,762, 15 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$216,781, 29 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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Connections

Featured in The Story of Film: An Odyssey: European New Wave (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Cello Song
Written and Performed by Nick Drake
Published by Warlock Music Ltd / Island Music Ltd
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd
Licensed by kind permission from Polygram Film & TV Licensing
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A Glasgow slum boy dreams of escaping
7 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is the most beguiling British film about childhood since Kes (1969), a slowburning look at days in the life of a small boy on the brink of adolescence. He has adolescent encounters, including an uneasy bath with an unpopular older girl, but he's very much a pre-adolescent child, with all the helplessness and vulnerability that that means. Lynne Ramsay's great strength as a filmmaker is an ability to recreate the world as seen through her characters' eyes. From with the deprivation, the film is set on a housing estate during a binman's strike, she finds moments of real beauty - a joyfully filmed tumble in a hayfield - and strikingly surreal moments, such as a backward boy's pet mouse flying to the moon on a balloon. If Ratcatcher has a forerunner, excepting Ramsay's own award-winning shorts, it is not The Bill Douglas Trilogy, a semi-still life of a Scottish slum boy, which it eclipses completely, but the great hand-crafted films of Lindsay Anderson: This Sporting Life; If..., and O Lucky Man!


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