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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Did You Know?


The two actors who play the "gangster" at the two points in his life are 7 inches different in height. See more »


The scene where a man is hanging from the balcony of a large block of flats was filmed on the Heygate estate in London. Work on this estate did not begin until around 1970 and the estate was not complete until 1974. Even then, it would have taken another year or two to populate the estate. There is a similar estate just down the road called the Aylesbury, but that wasn't completed until much later. 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 Superman (1978) See more »


Written by Lo
Licences courtesy of Songton/John Fiddy Music
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Social avarice with a sublime black humour
13 November 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Its easy to see why people think this film is over violent and trying to shock, but then thats because they just don't get the finer nuances.

This film is Excellent. The direction is amazing and Bettany, Thewlis and McDowell are all superb. The film runs from the point of view of the main character, Gangster, He shows how he got to the top of his game to be Gangster No1. All of the violence in the film makes a valid point some of it is horrific, none of it is unnecessary. The film also comments on the social avarice that penetrates our society, wealth, power and fame, I think the points it makes are truly justified.

Why do some people dislike this film? They are uncomfortable with people being portrayed as being comfortable with violence, and thats because the director wants you to be, and because the Actors are so good at it. The film freaked me out in two scenes and there was no violence just excellent direction and Acting.

Well worth watching, well worth buying on DVD.

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