Circus (2000)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller, Drama  |  5 May 2000 (UK)
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Bruno, a sadistic criminal, wants clever con man Leo out of the way. Leo and his equally clever wife, Lily, are up to something. So too is Julius: he hires Leo to kill Gloria, Julius's wife... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Moose (as Tiny Lister)
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Bruno, a sadistic criminal, wants clever con man Leo out of the way. Leo and his equally clever wife, Lily, are up to something. So too is Julius: he hires Leo to kill Gloria, Julius's wife. Leo does it, but then Julius shows up with the murder on tape, saying Gloria isn't his wife - it's blackmail. Leo's bookie, Troy, is also closing in, wanting to be paid. Bruno and Lily as well as Bruno and Julius have their own scams running, and Leo is their target. Maybe Leo can get Troy off his back, avoid Moose (Bruno's huge enforcer), send Gloria's corpse out of England, turn the tables on Bruno's murderous brother Caspar, and outfox Lily. Or is Lily his fox? It's a three-ring circus. Written by <>

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Don't trust any of these clowns


Crime | Thriller | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

5 May 2000 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Circul  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£164,067 (UK) (5 May 2000)


$8,406 (USA) (15 September 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The ad for "Shannon, Brighton's Most Convincing Pre-Op TRANSEXUAL" actually shows 1940's Hollywood actress 'Lake, Veronica'. See more »


Leo: Troy!
Troy: Leo... I am gonna HAVE to cut your dick off. Okay?
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References The Monkees (1966) See more »


Written by Otis Redding
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A pretty good caper movie
4 March 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Circus is a good caper flick. It is as unpretentious as its small-time crook characters, and should be treated as such. It is good fun, with some pretty hilarious dialogue.

Janssen and Hannah make a good couple. I have read some reviews that said they were not believable; I disagree. I actually thought they were a cute couple, and that they shared a kind of playful chemistry. The supporting players were also very good, particularly Stormare and Izzard.

Many people have complained about this movie's numerous twists and turns. However, I do not think the outcome would have been the same without them. Also, personally, I like to be surprised.

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