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Shiner (2000)

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The past catches up with a ruthlessly ambitious boxing promoter.

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Billy 'Shiner' Simpson
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Frank Spedding
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Georgie
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Jeff 'Stoney' Stone
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Mel
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Karl
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Ruth
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Eddie 'Golden Boy' Simpson
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Gibson
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Chris
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Det. Insp. Grant
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Det. Sgt. Garland
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Mikey Peck
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Stephanie
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Billy Simpson is a shady boxing promoter in South London banned from legitimate fights. It's the biggest day of his life, though, because he has a champion on his hands, his 20-year-old son, Eddie. Billy's put all his money on a victory, as have his quarreling daughters. But Eddie is nervous, an odd guy in a cap is hanging about, the licensed promoter Billy has hired to arrange the evening's other fights has hired dogs, the manager of Eddie's opponent looks down scornfully on Billy and on South London, and Scotland Yard wants to Billy in gaol for the death of a club brawler. When the night goes disastrously wrong, Billy tries to find out who double-crossed him. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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All That's Left Is... Revenge.

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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and some nudity | See all certifications »
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The flag on the wall of Mel's bedroom is the national flag of Angola. See more »

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After Gibson shoots Stoney through the head, and Billy crawls toward him, Stoney can clearly be seen blinking as Billy yells at him. See more »

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The Final Countdown
Written by Joey Tempest
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Courtesy of EPIC Records/Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing Sony Records
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A cockney Lear with the gloves off
17 August 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Michael Caine and producer Geoffrey Reeve's frequent collaborations usually result in exponentially bad cable-movie-lite style movies (The Whistle-Blower, Half Moon Street), so it's a surprise how effective much of Shiner is, especially since it comes from the usually disappointing John Irvin and was part of the tidal wave of British gangster movies that flooded the market post-Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The first hour is often very good indeed as Caine's vicious illegal fight promoter finally gets his day in the sun with his first legit fight that could see his own son on the way to a title fight. The kind of guy who makes the National lottery show look tasteful and who'll have your arm broken if he thinks you've shortchanged him, he bulldozes his way through the preparations, not letting little things like a police investigation into a fighter's death or his son's nerves standing in his way, literally betting everything - including his children's houses – on his boy winning. Naturally he's heading for a big fall, with shades of King Lear en route with his two daughters squabbling over family loyalty vs. Shiner pissing away the kids' inheritance (not helped by Francis Barber's terrible performance as a grotesquely caricatured Regan and Goneril in one). The last 40 minutes when everything goes horribly wrong don't work nearly as well, though the revelation at the end is suitably banal

  • no real conspiracy, merely the consequence of Shiner's hubris - even


if the final gunplay seems a little overblown, but Caine's powerhouse turn makes it well worth a look.


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