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 ...
Bloke In Tailor's


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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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jamie Foreman (Lennie Taylor) is the son of Freddie Foreman, a notorious gangster who used to run with the Kray Brothers. His life was the basis for the movie The Long Good Friday (1980). 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 White Heat (1949) 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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One of the best secret no one knows about movies of all time!!!!
4 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie soooo much! I was first introduced two thirds into it and I was immediately ready to sit down and watch it at three in the morning staying up till five am. The way it is shot is like pure genius! There is a scene in it that is shot from the perspective of the person being murdered and I mean it is aw inspiring! Seriously if it weren't for the way this movie ended it it would have been a 10 on my voting. Point in fact though the ending isn't horrible it just leaves a little to be desired. NON-SPOILER ALERT about the ending, they use a different person for the main character as the older version, but everyone else plays themselves just with makeup....(Don't get me wrong the guy they got 'Malcolm McDowell' to play as the older gangster is the best narrator and therefore carries the movie, but it's just weird and very hard to over look) Not to mention Paul Bettany who is a genius in this movie as well! My god the man can play psycho! All and all a must watch and a pass on to any friend who is in the mood to see a great flick!!!!!

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