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Circus -- Leo and Lily Garfield dream of escaping from the drudgery of everyday crime. Together they mastermind an audacious scam that draws an assortment of outrageous and dangerous characters into their tangled web. Every encounter poses the question - who is lying and who's telling the truth? The truth is, no one is telling the truth. Or are they...
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5 May 2000 (Ireland) See more »
Don't trust any of these clowns
Bruno, a sadistic criminal, wants clever con man Leo out of the way. Leo and his equally clever wife... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Hannah ... Leo

Famke Janssen ... Lily

Peter Stormare ... Julius

Eddie Izzard ... Troy

Fred Ward ... Elmo
Brian Conley ... Bruno

Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Moose (as Tiny Lister)

Amanda Donohoe ... Gloria

Ian Burfield ... Caspar

Neil Stuke ... Roscoe
Michael Attwell ... Magnus

Jason Watkins ... Dom

Christopher Biggins ... Arnie

Lucy Akhurst ... Helen
Louise Rolfe ... Julie
Hinda Hicks ... Beautiful Singer
Rob Walker ... Old Tramp
Marcus Heath ... Paul
Christopher Tune ... Boy Racer
Louis Hammond ... Jeweller
Evelyn Duah ... Jeweller's Assistant

Steve Toussaint ... Black
Julie Saunders ... Hotel Receptionist
Che Walker ... Nightclub Worker

Directed by
Rob Walker 
Writing credits
David Logan (written by)

Produced by
Alberto Ardissone .... executive producer
James Gibb .... producer
Alan Latham .... producer
Original Music by
Simon Boswell (music by)
Alex Heffes 
Cinematography by
Ben Seresin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Oral Norrie Ottey 
Casting by
Michelle Guish 
Production Design by
James Merifield 
Art Direction by
Peter Wenham 
Set Decoration by
Gina Cromwell 
Costume Design by
Anna B. Sheppard  (as Anna Sheppard)
Makeup Department
Alison Bell .... makeup artist
John Cormican .... prosthetics
Alison Elliott .... hair stylist (as Alison Davies)
Alison Elliott .... makeup artist (as Alison Davies)
Pamela Haddock .... chief hair stylist (as Pam Haddock)
Pamela Haddock .... chief makeup artist (as Pam Haddock)
Production Management
Jay Coquillon .... post-production supervisor
Simon Crook .... unit manager
Steve Harrow .... post-production supervisor
Ron Purdie .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Hewitt .... first assistant director
Matthew Penry-Davey .... second second assistant director
Toby Sherborne .... second assistant director
Andrea Slater .... third assistant director
Art Department
Jacqueline Abrahams .... stand-by art director
Mario Bueno .... props master
Derek Cowie .... scenic artist
Mike Cuddy .... props storeman
Nicola De Fresnes .... art department assistant (as Nicola de Fresnes)
Helen Gillilan .... scenic artist
Paddy Hamilton .... scenic artist
Magnus Irvine .... scenic artist
Alister Plant .... scenic artist
William Richards .... stand-by rigger
Peter Scorah .... stand-by stagehand
Christian Short .... dressing props
Bob Starrett .... stand-by painter
Nic Stubbings .... dressing props
Bradley Torbett .... stand-by props
Jason Torbett .... stand-by props
John Watt .... stand-by carpenter
Kellie Waugh .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Ross Adams .... adr editor
Ross Adams .... dialogue editor
Campbell Askew .... supervising sound editor
John Bateman .... foley mixer
Paula Boram .... foley artist
Andie Derrick .... foley artist
Bill Dodkin .... sound mixer
John Falcini .... recording mixer
Robert Gavin .... foley editor (as Bob Gavin)
Kim Harding .... boom operator
Andy Shelley .... adr editor
Andy Shelley .... dialogue editor
David Lee Thomas .... assistant sound editor
William Trent .... adr editor (as Bill Trent)
William Trent .... dialogue editor (as Bill Trent)
Gregg Wilson .... rhythm programmer
Aad Wirtz .... recording mixer
Special Effects by
Tom Harris .... special effects
Paul Kelly .... special effects
Peter Brayham .... stunt coordinator
Marc Cass .... stunt double: Eddie Izzard
Marc Cass .... stunts
Ray De-Haan .... stunts
Dean Forster .... stunts
Joss Gower .... stunts
Morgan Johnson .... stunts
Crispin Layfield .... stunts
Valentino Musetti .... stunts (as Val Musetti)
Seon Rogers .... stunts
Dani Biernat .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
Mark Barrs .... camera trainee (as Mark Barr)
Ray Bateman .... electrician
Tim Battersby .... clapper loader
Pete Cavaciuti .... camera operator (as Peter Cavaciuti)
Danny Espey .... electrician
Rab Harling .... clapper loader
Michael Hayes .... electrician
John Jordan .... focus puller
Jason Martin .... best boy
Ray Moore .... focus puller
Mark Packman .... electrician
Tony Rowland .... camera grip
David Smith .... gaffer
Paul Wells .... electrician
Casting Department
Gaby Kester .... assistant casting director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Cooke .... wardrobe assistant
Morgan Elliott .... assistant costume designer
Nicole Farhi .... costumes: Mr. Hannah
Luan Placks .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Gavin Buckley .... assistant editor
Kerry Camden .... first assistant editor
Lionel Johnson .... assistant editor
Andrew Perrier .... assistant editor
Music Department
Geoff Foster .... engineer
Iain Jones .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Guy Bostock .... action vehicle coordinator
Ian Clarke .... picture vehicle technician
John Hollywood .... transportation captain
Jim Magill .... transportation co-captain
Sean Thornton .... picture vehicle technician
Other crew
Lesley Broderick .... production accountant
Claire Brown .... production assistant
Diane Chittell .... production coordinator
Simon Dixon .... production assistant
Claudia Fischer .... assistant: Mr. Gibb
Sarah Garner .... script supervisor
Nicky Harding .... unit nurse
Andrew Hill .... health & safety advisor
Sam Holt .... production secretary
Nicky Jarvis .... unit nurse
Dena Johnson .... title sequence by
Adrienne Kronenberg .... assistant: Mr. Latham
Layla Lee-Curtis .... script supervisor
Casper Mills .... location manager (as Casper Mill)
Richard Morrison .... title sequence by
Victoria Piller-Carson .... assistant accountant (as Victoria Piller)
Sarah Reeve .... assistant accountant
Ben Ruffman .... production assistant
Patric Scott .... unit publicist
Ben Swanborough .... production assistant
Sarah Teboul .... post-production accountant
Martha Turville-Petre .... production assistant
Matthew C. Mills .... intern (uncredited)
Rik Walters .... financing consultant (uncredited)
Dean Wares .... title typography (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language
95 min
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Fred Ward replaced Frederic Forrest at very short noticeSee more »
Troy:Nuh, nuh, nuh. Another one bites the dust! Duh-nuh nuh, nuh, nuh. Another one bites the dust! And another one down, another one down- another one bites the dust! Ooh. I'm gunna git you boy, another one bites the dust, DUH-nuh.See more »
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References "Play School" (1964)See more »
Dirty TricksSee more »


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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Ladies and gentlemen... we present in the centre ring... a mess., 11 October 2002
Author: Victor Field from London, England

"Circus" was barely released in cinemas even in Britain and, from what I understand, skipped US cinemas despite its Columbia backing. It's an okay watch for cable at 3 a.m. (which, interestingly enough, is when I watched it), but that's about it.

The movie's scuppered by the ludicrous casting of comedian Brian Conley as a gangster who we see taking a bite of a man's ear in the beginning; he comes off as too playground-villainous to take seriously, and the rest of the movie is just as plausible (tip: do not go and attack and/or threaten people when there are witnesses around, a piece of advice ignored TWICE in the course of the movie). David Logan's script needed some stronger direction and a bit of restraint, instead of piling double-cross upon double-cross until it's soon hard to tell just what the hell's going on, culminating in an "Oh-for-God's-sake!" ending.

"Circus" is diverting enough, but a waste of John Hannah, a bigger waste of Fred Ward, something of a waste of Amanda Donohoe, and an absolutely criminal waste of Famke Janssen (who is not only super-fit but, unlike Conley, actually CAN be convincingly tough - it's impossible to believe she appeared in both this and "X-Men" in 2000 ... then again, she did do "House on Haunted Hill"). What she was doing in this movie we can only speculate; did she fancy a trip to Brighton? Or is she a secret fan of "Rebus"? Or "The Brian Conley Show"?

And one more piece of advice - don't go mentioning "The Sweet Smell Of Success" in your movie, unless you really want to draw unfair comparisons. Mind you, it's preferable to actually going to a circus; I never liked the things.

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