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Rancid Aluminum (2000)
"Rancid Aluminium" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  21 January 2000 (UK)
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Pete Thompson thinks he has it all. However, following the death of his father his close friend and accountant reveals the company he has been left is bust and the only way out is to do ... See full summary »

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Pete Thompson
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Sean Deeny
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Sarah Thompson
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Mr Kant
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Dr Jones
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Charlie
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Trevor
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Harry the dealer
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Mr. Kant's bodyguard Naz (as Olegario Fedoro)
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Doctor
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Giovanni
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BMW Man (as Steven Speirs)
Joshua Richards ...
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Mariusz Czajka ...
Mittelmaier
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Pete Thompson thinks he has it all. However, following the death of his father his close friend and accountant reveals the company he has been left is bust and the only way out is to do business with the Russian mafia. His life and heart are on the line when he leave to restore the fortunes of the family firm. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong sexual content, violence, language and drug use | See all certifications »
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21 January 2000 (UK)  »

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Rancid Aluminum  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£157,584 (UK) (21 January 2000)

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ESP 4,335,525 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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The last film of Barry Foster. See more »

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Mixed up mess
8 May 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Just before I saw this film, I met James Hawes at a book signing. He seemed pretty upbeat about the release of the film however reading an interview with him later he knew at the time that the film was rubbish.

An brief, Rancid Aluminium is a good book, it followed on from his debut (White Merc With Fins) which was probably the best book I have read for a long time. But when he came to make the film he rewrote the book to fit the character of Rhys Ifans which was a big mistake.

The old main character was a suburban, early 30s guy, they changed this to a twenty something urbanite and the whole premise for the story was broken.

Add to this some major twists in the plot which have no explanation, holes you could drive a truck through and and ending which leaves you thinking 'what the f**k happened there then..?'.

Also they made a major mistake adding in a scene to get the only funny bit of the book (the fight on the motorway) into the film which only seemed to disjoint the film even more.

I was a big fan of James Hawes books, but this film (and also his latest book) have really dampened this enthusiasm. I only hope that his other book (WMWF) which is being shot now continues and makes a better picture than this.


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