A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
Gal, Deedee, Aitch and Jackie, having left behind respective lives of ill-repute, bask in the sun of Spain and in the most essential brand of leisure. A hazy yarn of barbecues, beer and botched hunting expeditions make up their retirements, until a sudden and unforeseen disruption emerges from their past. Enter the childishly violent and hilariously edgy Don Logan. Through a series of side-splitting negotiations and irrevocable acts, retired crook Gal is forced to shake off the rust and accept one last mission, put forth by the menacing Logan, his ex-mentor. A heist of legendary proportion and personal implications, this job should make for one hell of an encore. Written by
The conversation in the kitchen between Gal and Don originally took place in the living room, but the director decided that a more domestic and less formal setting would be more effective. Also, the shot where Don kicks the cabinet doors was done in only one take; the director decided that coverage wasn't necessary. See more »
As DeeDee walks from the pool to the house, a crew member is reflected in the window behind her. See more »
[Gal is sunbathing by poolside]
Oh, yeah. Bloody hell. I'm sweating in here. Roasting. Boiling. Baking. Sweltering. It's like a sauna. Furnace. You can fry an egg on my stomach. Ohh, who wouldn't lap this up? It's ridiculous. Tremendous. Fantastic. Fan-dabby-dozy-tastic.
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I thought the movie in total was reasonably good, but not particularly memorable. However, Kingsley's performance made this a MUST see... particularly for those only familiar with Kingsley's Ghandiesque roles. His character is great - a small, but veritable rabid dog of a man fully versed in the art of conversational terror and humiliation. Again, the film isn't great, but provides more than a reasonable backdrop for Kingley's timeless performance. There is a fair amount of gore, but not gratuitous in my opinion, and it could even be considered somewhat modest by gangster movie standards. However, the psychological terror generated by Kingsley's character is something I will take with me for a very, very long time - and will become, for me at least, the standard by which all similar characters are measured.
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