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Director:
Writers:
Johnny Ferguson (screenplay) and
Louis Mellis (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 June 2000 (Ireland) See more »
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There can only be ONE. See more »
Plot:
Chronicles the rise and fall of a prominent, and particularly ruthless English gangster. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 9 nominations See more »
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Dark, Sharp, Shrewd: Magnificent. See more (125 total) »

Cast

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Malcolm McDowell ... Gangster 55

David Thewlis ... Freddie Mays

Paul Bettany ... Young Gangster

Saffron Burrows ... Karen

Kenneth Cranham ... Tommy (as Ken Cranham)

Jamie Foreman ... Lennie Taylor

Eddie Marsan ... Eddie Miller

Andrew Lincoln ... Maxie King

Doug Allen ... Mad John

Razaaq Adoti ... Roland
Cavan Clerkin ... Billy

David Kennedy ... Fat Charlie

Johnny Harris ... Derek

Anton Saunders ... Trevor (as Anton Valensi)
Alex McSweeney ... Bloke In Tailor's
Martin Wimbush ... Judge
Binky Baker ... Dodgy Geezer
Martyn Read ... Rough Diamond
Johnnie Ould ... Scarey
Don McCorkindale ... Smashing Bloke
Ralph Collis ... Stocky
Charles Anderson ... Brute
Arthur Nightingale ... Toilet Attendant
Jack Pierce ... Jack The Lad
Emma Griffiths Malin ... Julie (as Emma Griffiths-Malin)
Gary McCormack ... Giggler Bennett

Sean Chapman ... Bent Cop
Georgina Bull ... Fat Charlie's Girl
Jo-Anne Nighy ... Roland's Girl #1

Simone Bowkett ... Roland's Girl #2
Caroline Pegg ... Flo
Mark Montgomerie ... Thug Car #1
Dave Ould ... Eric
Lisa Ellis ... Waitress
Simon Marc ... Freddie's Attacker
Tony Denham ... Club Manager
Nadine Leonard ... Mel
Jo McInnes ... Lesley

Lorraine Stanley ... Attacker's Friend
Wayne Matthews ... Youth 1
Tony Bowers ... Youth 2
Danny Webster ... Youth 3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ian Boo Khoo ... Gambler (uncredited)

João Costa Menezes ... Witness (uncredited)
Lance Patrick ... Witness - Snooker player (uncredited)
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Directed by
Paul McGuigan 
 
Writing credits
Johnny Ferguson (screenplay adaptation)

Louis Mellis  original screenplay
David Scinto  original screenplay

Produced by
Nicky Kentish Barnes .... co-producer
Peter Bowles .... executive producer
Karsten Brünig .... co-producer
Karsten Brünig .... line producer: Germany
Jonathan Cavendish .... producer
Ulrich Felsberg .... co-producer
Norma Heyman .... producer
Sheila Fraser Milne .... line producer: additional photography
 
Original Music by
John Dankworth (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Peter Sova (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Andrew Hulme 
 
Casting by
Jina Jay 
 
Production Design by
Richard Bridgland 
 
Art Direction by
Philip Elton 
Sebastian T. Krawinkel 
 
Set Decoration by
Penny Crawford 
 
Costume Design by
Jany Temime 
 
Makeup Department
Caroline Hamilton .... hair artist
Caroline Hamilton .... makeup artist
Susan Howard .... crowd makeup artist
Terry Jarvis .... wig maker
Fiona Maynard .... hair artist
Fiona Maynard .... makeup artist
Jenny Shircore .... hair designer
Jenny Shircore .... makeup designer
Norma Webb .... chief hair artist
Norma Webb .... chief makeup artist
 
Production Management
Stephen Barker .... post-production supervisor (as Steve Barker)
Elinor Day .... executive in charge of production: Film Four
Jo Farr .... production manager
Ralph Remstedt .... production manager: Germany
Claire Tovey .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Carreras .... first assistant director
Mark Fenn .... first assistant director: second unit
Robert Grayson .... second assistant director (as Robert P. Grayson)
Viviane Kriebisch .... third assistant director: Germany
Simon Moseley .... first assistant director: second unit (as Simon Mosely)
Davina Nicholson .... first assistant director: additional photography
Fiona Richards .... third assistant director
Waldo Roeg .... first assistant director: second unit
Sue Wood .... crowd assistant director (as Susan Wood)
 
Art Department
Les Andrews .... stand-by
Dave Ball .... carpenter
Richard Burnett .... stand-by carpenter
Marlon Cole .... props storeman
Amanda Craggs .... art department runner
Derek Ede .... stagehand
Peter Edge .... painter
Lee Edwards .... carpenter
Stephen Forrest-Smith .... storyboard artist (as Steve Forrest Smith)
Ian Fryer .... dressing props
Mark Geeson .... trainee propman
Peter Grove .... carpenter
Gary Hedges .... supervising carpenter
Matthias Hein .... swing gang: Germany
Danny Hunter .... property master
Stuart Kearns .... draughtsman
Abdalla Khalafalla .... set dresser: Germany
Sebastian T. Krawinkel .... art director: Germany (as Sebastian Krawinkel)
Tamo Kunz .... chargeman: Germany
Steve Mitchell .... scenic painter
Brian Morris .... painter
Brian Muir .... sculptor
Jamie Muir .... stagehand
Colin Mutch .... stand-by chargehand
Michael Nitsche .... swing gang: Germany
Alexander Oberlis .... swing gang: Germany
Magdi Osman .... set dresser: Germany
Alan Payne .... graphic designer
Michael Pelham .... painter
John Roberts .... supervising painter
Michael Simpson .... carpenter
Linda Stefansdottir .... first assistant art director
Jessie Walker-Stewart .... propmaker (as Jess Walker-Stewart)
Burt Wilson .... stand-by painter
Debbie Wilson .... production buyer
Dennis Wilson .... construction manager (as Denis Wilson)
Kevin Woodhouse .... art department assistant
Helen Xenopoulos .... draughtsman
 
Sound Department
Tim Alban .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Baldock .... supervising sound editor
Ben Barker .... foley editor
Jens Christensen .... adr mixer
Andie Derrick .... foley artist
Gillian Dodders .... adr editor
Gillian Dodders .... dialogue editor
Steve Finn .... boom operator (as Stephen Finn)
Steve Finn .... sound maintenance (as Stephen Finn)
Simon Fisher-Turner .... sound designer (as Simon Fisher Turner)
Andrew Halley .... playback operator
Nina Hartstone .... foley editor
Kate Morath .... boom operator: additional photography
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Andrew Stirk .... dubbing assistant
John Taylor .... sound recordist
Martin Trevis .... sound recordist: additional photography
 
Special Effects by
Neil Davies .... special effects technician
David Harris .... special effects supervisor (as Dave Harris)
Jude Harris .... special effects technician
Matthew Horton .... special effects technician
Graham Longhurst .... special effects: additional photography
Darren May .... special effects technician
Bob Wiesinger .... wireman (as Bob Weisinger)
Jim Davey .... digital film recording (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Marilyn Anderson .... technical assistant
Steve Barnes .... technical assistant
Steve Boag .... digital/film opticals
Martin Bullard .... digital/film opticals
Tim Caplan .... I/O supervisor
Mike Connolly .... cinespeed: Mill Film
Colin Coull .... colour grader
Paul Edwards .... visual effects coordinator: Mill Film Ltd
Charles Green .... digital/film opticals
Martin Hobbs .... visual effects producer
Duncan Horn .... Inferno artist
Dylan Kendle .... title sequence design
Alison Leaf .... 3D animator
Karl Mooney .... visual effects supervisor
Luke Pendrell .... title sequence design
Sandra Roach .... digital compositor
John Seymour .... visual effects editorial
Simon Wicker .... digital matte painter
 
Stunts
Richard Bradshaw .... stunt performer
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Joss Gower .... stunt performer
Steve Griffin .... stunt performer
Paul Heasman .... stunt performer
Sy Hollands .... stunt performer (as Cy Holland)
Mark Lisbon .... stunt performer
Lee Sheward .... stunt performer (as Lee Sherward)
Julian Spencer .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Armin Bach .... electrician: Germany
Adrian Biddle .... director of photography: additional photography
Alf Bloor .... stand-by rigger (as Alfred Bloor)
Ian Buckley .... grip: additional photography
Matthew Butler .... electrician
Gary Chaisty .... electrician
Peter Chester .... best boy
Graham Cussell .... electrician
Rosalyn Ellis .... clapper loader: second unit (as Ros Ellis)
Mike Evans .... focus puller: second unit
Wilf France .... clapper loader
Catherine Frift .... clapper loader: second unit
Mike Frift .... lighting cameraman: second unit
Amy Gilliam .... camera trainee
Richard R. Harrison .... electrical rigger (as Richard Harrison)
David Hedley .... electrician: Germany
Dai Hopkins .... key grip
Ronald Kage .... electrician: Germany
Josh Lee .... clapper loader: second unit
Anna Leippe .... video operator: Germany
Terry Lewis .... gaffer: additional photography
Clive Mackey .... focus puller
Brian Mcgivern .... generator operator (as Brain Mcgivern)
Simon Mills .... focus puller: additional photography
Nic Milner .... lighting cameraman: second unit
Peter Mountain .... still photographer
Steve O'Donoghue .... electrician (as Steve O'Donaghue)
James Offord .... camera trainee
John Payne .... grip: second unit
Alan Rank .... grip: second unit (as Allan Rank)
Ronald Schwarz .... best boy: Germany (as Ronnie Schwarz)
Agis Stamos .... second grip: Germany
Chyna Thomson .... focus puller: second unit (as Chyna Thompson)
Alasdair Walker .... director of photography: additional photography (as Alistair Walker)
Aaron Walters .... electrician
Gavin Walters .... gaffer
David Weller .... rigger: additional photography (as Dave Weller)
Garie Wetherill .... video assist trainee (as Gary Wetherall)
 
Casting Department
Shaheen Baig .... assistant to casting director
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ozwald Boateng .... costumes: Mr. McDowell, Mr. Thewlis & Mr. Bettany (as Oswald Boetang)
Amanda Craze .... key costumer
Stefan Dietzelt .... wardrobe assistant: Germany
Stephanie Eatwell .... costume designer's assistant
Françoise Fourcade .... wardrobe assistant (as Francoise Fourcade)
Rose Goodheart .... costume stand-by: additional photography (as Rose Goodhart)
Annemarie Laber .... wardrobe assistant: Germany
Wilfrid Laudicina .... wardrobe supervisor (as Wilfred Laudicina)
Mark Powell .... costumes: Mr. McDowell, Mr. Thewlis & Mr. Bettany
 
Editorial Department
Mark Gravil .... assistant editor
Helen de Winter .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Gilad Atzmon .... musician
Michael Blakey .... music producer
Liz Gallacher .... music consultant
Cathy Giles .... music contractor
Tom Jenkins .... assistant music engineer
Gary Thomas .... music engineer
 
Transportation Department
Colin Bressington .... driver: construction stand-by
Mark Clark .... driver: construction runaround
Ian Clarke .... vehicle technician
Graham Cussell .... driver
John Dawson .... facilities captain
Tim Delmache .... driver: minibus
Roger Hardman .... driver: props runaround
Graham Kelly .... action vehicle coordinator
Dean Moran .... unit driver
Ron Narduzzo .... unit driver (as Ron M Narduzzo)
Graham Pamment .... driver: minibus
Dave Pratt .... driver: camera car
David Rosenbaum .... unit driver
Stuart Sharp .... driver: wardrobe truck
John Squires .... driver: make-up truck
Jim Stephens .... unit driver
Darren Thackeray .... driver
Darren Thackeray .... unit driver
Sean Thornton .... picture vehicle technician
 
Other crew
Colette Appleby .... stand-in (as Collette Appleby)
Libbie Barr .... script supervisor
Joanna Beresford .... head of physical production: Film Four
Daniel Bird .... rushes synchronization: Telefilm
Karim Bouall .... boxing crew: Peacock Gym, London
Martin Bowes .... boxing crew: Peacock Gym, London
Roman Brandt .... floor runner: Germany
Martin Brennan .... boxing crew: Peacock Gym, London
Tom Chisman .... assistant location manager
Amy Coop .... production runner (as Adam Coop)
Chris Cosham .... medical services
Claudia Davids .... production accountant: Germany
David Dean .... health and safety officer
John Deering .... boxing crew: Peacock Gym, London
Scott Dixon .... boxing crew: Peacock Gym, London
Toby Dixon .... boxing crew: Peacock Gym, London
William Dodds .... floor runner: dailies
Ganny Douidouls .... boxing crew: Peacock Gym, London
Gwyn Griffiths .... assistant: Mrs. Heyman
Renée Gundelach .... financing consultant
Christine Haouas .... unit nurse: Germany
Roy Hilder .... boxing crew: Peacock Gym, London
Klaus Hinz .... stand-in: Germany
Richard Hooper .... armorer
Patrick Humphries .... boxing crew: Peacock Gym, London
Andrew Michael Jolley .... trainee director
Helena Jones .... boxing crew: Peacock Gym, London
Sabine Kotke .... caterer: Germany (as Sabine Kötke)
Paul Lawson .... boxing crew: Peacock Gym, London
Gloria Luck .... studio coordinator: Angel Recording Studios
Tracey Malone .... production accountant
Detlef Matthies .... caterer: Germany (as Detlef Mathies)
Ulrich Michelsen .... stand-in: Germany
Michael Murphy .... stand-in
Gabriele Niemeyer .... production coordinator: Road Movies
Claudia Pauly .... accountant: Road Movies
Daniele Pfennigs .... public funds coordinator: Road Movies
Sebastian Pfutze .... stand-in: Germany (as Sebastian Pfütze)
Richard Preston .... sound design producer
Christiane Raab .... production runner: Germany
Louise Randall .... assistant accountant
Bernd Rautenberg .... armorer: Germany
Vinny Reed .... stand-in
Rupert Regis .... stand-in
Bruce Reynolds .... consultant
Adam Richards .... location manager
Scott Rowlatt .... location manager: additional photography
Ulrike Schaare .... stand-in: Germany
Dominic Sharp .... floor runner
Joss Skottowe .... armorer (as Joss)
Imke Sommerkamp .... production assistant: Germany
Amanda Street .... international sales: FilmFour
Rebecca Sutton .... production coordinator
Phil Symes .... unit publicist: Cowan Symes/Associates
Esther Mary Thompson .... choreographer
Justin Thomson-Glover .... senior business affairs executive: Film Four
Kai-Peter Uhlig .... legal service: Road Movies
Derek Warman .... fire officer
Joan Washington .... dialogue coach
Paul Webster .... chief executive: Film Four
Sarah Wheale .... production secretary
Thomas Wiseby .... boxing crew: Peacock Gym, London
Dave Evans .... armorer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
David Aukin .... thanks
Liz Gallacher .... thanks
Jeremy Kimberlin .... thanks
Vanessa Myrie .... thanks
Abigail Payne .... thanks
Bridget Pedgrift .... thanks
 

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Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, and brief drug use and nudity
Runtime:
103 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: The two actors who play the "gangster" at the two points in his life are 7 inches different in height. When paired with the older versions of the same character later in life, there are few if any scenes when Malcolm McDowell (the shorter actor) is standing beside them. Surprisingly, they did not attempt the old Hollywood box or trench technique.See more »
Quotes:
[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!
[laughter]
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References Pulp Fiction (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mercy Mercy MercySee more »

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47 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Dark, Sharp, Shrewd: Magnificent., 2 April 2001
Author: unterpotaten from London, England

The first thing I notice is the cover-jacket. It is littered with the critic's gushing praise ; ` Diamond-edged performances' spews one filmic muso.

Hmmm...I'm immediately suspicious. Films The Truman Show and Existenz also garnered such critical acclaim yet, suspiciously and unfortunately, seemed to do absolutely nothing for me.

So how does Gangster No.1 fare?

Well, ladies and gents, believe the hype. If Gangster No 1 was a man, it would be diamond geezer.

Gangster No1 is a gem, albeit a very dark one. A brutal black comedy and an ultra-hip crime-flick in one - it's a cockney masterpiece, a genuine Pearly King of a movie.

The year is 1968 and our eponymous hero (we only ever know him as `Gangster') is taken under the wing of Freddie Mays, the quintessential East End gangleader. Though Freddie is young he has already earned himself a chilling moniker, the 'Butcher of Mayfair', and a great wad of cash. Gangster begins working for Freddie, collects debts here, breaks a few legs there, but soon has his eyes on the bigger prize - to be Gangster No.1. To be like Freddie. Soon Gangster is plotting his ascent, murdering fellow gang members and precipitating an internecine gang war on his way up the ladder.

So far, so unoriginal, I hear you say. But what distinguishes Gangster No.1 from its rather lame contemporaries (think Circus and 24 Hours in London) is its razor-sharp dialogue and superb performances. The scene where our gangster confronts a gang member suspected of being in cohoots with a rival is simply electrifying.

Paul Bettany manages to be menacing, piteous and ultra-cool all at once with a frighteningly realistic turn in the title role. David Thewlis too, as Freddie Mays, is faultless. Malcolm McDowell provides a suitably cockney-fied voice over, but later reappearing in person as an older version of our Gangster to provide the motivation behind the insightful denounement.

One slight criticism. The old `end of act-two problem' rears its ugly head at around an hour and fifteen minutes. Yes, the film becomes bogged down rather as Malcolm McDowell goes on a panicky cockney walkabout waiting for Freddie Mays to be released from prison. And when the two finally meet, in what was once Freddie May's luxury 60's pad, the scene isn't quite as explosive as you'd hoped it might be.

Nevertheless, Gangster No1 is an excellent film. A credible gangster flick, a stylish revisiting of the 60's East End, a cracking script, and spot-on dialogue.

Oh and the critics were right, the performances are ` diamond -edged'. Funny that.

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