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Circus (2000)

 -  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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Leo
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Lily
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Troy
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Elmo
Brian Conley ...
Bruno
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Moose (as Tiny Lister)
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Gloria
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Caspar
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Roscoe
Michael Attwell ...
Magnus
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Dom
Christopher Biggins ...
Arnie
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Helen
Louise Rolfe ...
Julie
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Don't trust any of these clowns

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Crime | Thriller | Drama

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

Opening Weekend:

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

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

Fred Ward replaced Frederic Forrest at very short notice See more »

Quotes

Leo: Troy!
Troy: Leo... I am gonna HAVE to cut your dick off. Okay?
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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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12 Hole Shoes
Written by Alex Heffes
Performed by The Alex Heffes Trio
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Fun and Games with a surprising cast
5 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

This under-rated British film was unfairly slammed by critics, when it could have been a lot worse. It could have been better also, but it satisfies as a roaring bit of gangster fun and a subtle satire on the British "Lock, Stock..." genre.

John Hannah stars with Ms Janssen as a pair of crooks who are out to rip off Brian Conley for one last time. Along the way, everyone double crosses everyone, and the final scenes make one's head spin!

Brian Conley plays a rather good bad guy, given the quality of his British television shows, and great support is given by the various cast members, with special mention to Eddie Izzard who plays money lender Troy. His habit of paraphrasing songs and singing them to Leo ("R E P A Y M E - You know what it means to me" to the tune of Franklin's "Respect"), and the scene at the beach make for hilarious viewing.

One to be recommended for those with enough tongue in their cheek!


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