Gangster No. 1 (2000)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  9 June 2000 (UK)
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Chronicles the rise and fall of a prominent, and particularly ruthless English gangster.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy (as Ken Cranham)
Maxie King
Cavan Clerkin ...
Fat Charlie
Trevor (as Anton Valensi)
Alex McSweeney ...
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A middle-aged crime boss smugly reflects back from 1999, narrating the brutality which made him triumphant - and feared. As an unnamed young hood in Swinging 60's London, he aped his mod boss Freddie Mays, and seemed to do anything for him. But his narration exposes all-consuming envy: of Freddie's supremacy, and especially his tall bird. The baby shark develops his viciousness and backstabbing, scheming to be Gangster No. 1. Written by David Stevens

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It's not who you know, it's who you kill. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, and brief drug use and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 June 2000 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Gangster Nr. 1  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£133,092 (UK) (9 June 2000)


$30,915 (USA) (19 July 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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Paul McGuigan:  at the urinal in the opening scene. See more »


There is a scene where the two main actors are running around the corridors of a block of flats leading to a scene in one of the flats leading to a beating. These flats are on the Bloomsbury Estate in London. The scene is set around 1969, the estate was built in 1972/3, so wouldn't have been there. See more »


[first lines]
[song "The Good Life" begins as scene opens at boxing match; crowd noises]
Gangster 55: [laughing] What? With Scotland Yard breathing down me neck? Fuck off. Do me a favor!
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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


Written by Norman Sleek
Published by Blackhill Music Ltd
Used by kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
Performed by Albertos y Los Trios Paranoias
Courtesy of Demon Records Ltd
Licensed by kind permission from Bruce Mitchell Productions
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2 July 2002 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

GANGSTER NO.1 (2002) *** Malcolm McDowell, Paul Bettany, David Thewlis, Saffron Burrows. Bloody good Brit flick about English thugs recalled in flashback by McDowell and portrayed by Bettany (both equally excellent in a teeth-gnashing kind of way) recollecting their bumpy ride to the top and rocky relationship with head kingpin Thewlis getting in the way. Graphically violent yet smartly directed by Paul McGuigan eschewing stylistic violence for violence sake and encapsulating the Mod 60s effectively.

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