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Honest (2000)

The film is an edgy black comedy set in swinging London in the late 60s. The All Saints girls play three street wise sisters who head 'up West' to rob and generally cause trouble.

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Gerry Chase
Natalie Appleton ...
Mandy Chase
Melanie Blatt ...
Jo Chase
Derek Deadman ...
Night Watchman
Graham Fletcher-Cook ...
Market Trader
Vinny Reed ...
Stills Photographer
Karina Iszatt ...
Body Painted Girl
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Daniel Wheaton
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Baz
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Andrew Pryce-Stevens
Willie Ross ...
Woodbine
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Rose
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Duggie Ord
Matt Bardock ...
Cedric
Paul Rider ...
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The film is an edgy black comedy set in swinging London in the late 60s. The All Saints girls play three street wise sisters who head 'up West' to rob and generally cause trouble.

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To live outside the law you must be...Honest.

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality and nudity, language, drug use and some violence | See all certifications »
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26 May 2000 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Casi honestas  »

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£3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£111,309 (United Kingdom), 28 May 2000, Limited Release
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Pulled from UK cinemas a week after release as it only made £111,000 despite a massive ad spend. See more »

Goofs

The hospital scene contains numerous items of medical equipment, furniture, fixtures and fittings dating firmly from the late 1990s (e.g., beds, bedside cabinets, signs, doors and door handles) which do not resemble those used in 1968 when the film was set. See more »

Soundtracks

You're All I Need to Get By
Written by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson
Performed by Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell
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Singers do not necessarily make good actors
15 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

Honest was an attempt by the cast of girl-band All-Saints to try their hand at acting. The film should have been a comedy-drama but unfortunately the end result just proved that not all singers are gifted with acting talent (Shaznay Lewis, the fourth member of the group probably saw what was coming and declined a role).The fact that the three girls have not done anything significant in the acting world since Honest speaks volumes. Director Dave Stewart made his name directing music videos and so was perhaps the wrong person for this film.

Nicole and Natalie Appleton with Melanie Blatt play three sisters who disguise themselves as men in order to commit burglaries and robberies in 1960s London. The have figured that the only way out of their working class rut is to rob from the rich and well-to-do. In the course of their crimes they cross a real hard villain who does not appreciate the sisters moving into his patch. Peter Facinelli plays Nicole's love interest as they evade the police and the hit men sent after them.

It is very difficult to believe that the disguises that the girls adopt would in any way convince onlookers that these were really men. They still look like girls in disguise and even their voices betray their gender. Everyone speaks with an obviously fake Cockney accent and some of the facial grimaces they pull in an attempt to look hard are plainly stupid. There are plenty of props placed around the sets to give an authentic 60s feel, from lava lamps to gramophones to dreadful wallpaper, and even more dreadful clothes.

This review was of the UK DVD release of the film and it is unfortunate that there are no extras such as director's commentary or behind the scenes documentary. For the record, the music festival scene was shot at Kirtlington Park, Kirtlington, Oxfordshire, England. This was a nice diversion from London but it still only gets the film 2 stars.


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