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High Heels and Low Lifes -- HIGH HEELS AND LOW LIFES is the outrageous comedy about two girlfriends who overhear a heist taking place in their London neighborhood.  Their plan to blackmail the gang backfires, and they are pitched into the criminal world where events spiral out of control.
High Heels and Low Lifes -- A nurse eavesdrops with a friend on a cell phone conversation that describes a bank heist. She and the friend then conspire to blackmail the robbers for $2 million.


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A nurse eavesdrops with a friend on a cell phone conversation that describes a bank heist. She and the friend then conspire to blackmail the robbers for $2 million. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Minnie Driver ... Shannon

Mary McCormack ... Frances

Kevin McNally ... Mason

Mark Williams ... Tremaine

Danny Dyer ... Danny

Michael Gambon ... Kerrigan

Darren Boyd ... Ray
Simon Scardifield ... Tony
Len Collin ... Barry
Jane Partridge ... Receptionist
Jason Griffiths ... Paramedic
Ranjit Krishnamma ... Doctor
Mark Meadows ... Romantic actor
Ben Walden ... Bloodied actor
Michael Attwell ... Duty Sergeant (as Mike Attwell)
Danny Babington ... Suspect

John Sessions ... Director

Kevin Eldon ... McGill

Julian Wadham ... Rogers
Paul Brown ... Barman
James Cameron ... Reporter
James Garbutt ... Mr. Winters
Eve Slickie ... Female patient

Patrick Baladi ... Car driver
Barry Ewart ... Busybody
Ben Lemel ... Paramedic

Sophie Millett ... Paramedic (as Sophie Millet)

Tom Ellis ... Uniformed officer

Ben Farrow ... Julian
Junior Simpson ... Mickey
Darren Tighe ... Clubber
Keir Charles ... Young guy (as Kier Charles)
Stewart Wright ... Officer

Hugh Bonneville ... Farmer
James Taylor ... Ticket collector

Liam Noble ... Delivery man
Amy Mathieson ... Angry Teenager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Spencer Burrows ... Harry
Colin Howdle ... Young Man
P.l Hobden ... Man At Tarin Station (uncredited)
Ruel Rowe ... Football Hooligan (uncredited)

Mel Smith ... Man at train station (uncredited)
Carl Timms ... Nightclubber (uncredited)

Directed by
Mel Smith 
Writing credits
Kim Fuller (story) &
Georgia Pritchett (story)

Kim Fuller (screenplay)

Produced by
Nicky Kentish Barnes .... co-producer
Uri Fruchtmann .... producer
Kim Fuller .... associate producer
Barnaby Thompson .... producer
Original Music by
Charlie Mole 
Stuart Roslyn 
Cinematography by
Steven Chivers 
Film Editing by
Chris Blunden 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Kate Rhodes James 
Production Design by
Michael Pickwoad 
Art Direction by
Roger Bowles  (as Roger A. Bowles)
Costume Design by
Jany Temime 
Makeup Department
Paul Gooch .... hair designer
Paul Gooch .... makeup designer
Sarah Johnson .... makeup artist
Jane Lumb .... makeup artist (as Jane Oakley)
Production Management
Alistair Hopkins .... post-production supervisor
Waldo Roeg .... production manager: second unit
Shellie Smith .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonny Benson .... assistant director: second unit
Fiona Gosden .... assistant director: second unit
John Greaves .... second unit director
Emma Griffiths .... second assistant director
Richard Hewitt .... first assistant director
Matthew Penry-Davey .... first assistant director: second unit
Toby Sherborne .... assistant director
Claire Thompson .... assistant director
Art Department
David Abbott .... carpenter
Paul Beeson .... stand-by carpenter
Nick Blanche .... stand-by art director
Chris Browning .... stand-by props
Darren Caen .... supervising carpenter
David Creed .... construction manager
Daniel Dray .... stand-by art director
Barry Du Pille .... property master
Rodger 'Dodge' Edwards .... stand-by props
James Fennessy .... stand-by painter
David Fyson .... production buyer
John Galpin .... storeman
Giovanni Giacotto .... supervising carpenter
Douglas Glen .... dressing props
Robert Gould .... dressing props
John Greaves .... storyboard artist
Kevin Hedges .... carpenter
Roy Linnett .... stand-by props
Catriona McKail .... assistant art director
Paul Mowatt .... stand-by props: second unit
Cornelius 'Ted' Restall .... painter (as Cornelius Edward Restall)
Paul Robertson .... scenic carpenter
Lea Smith .... carpenter
Kevin Swabey .... scenic carpenter
Sophie Tyler .... assistant prop buyer
Sound Department
Tony Cook .... boom operator
Michael Crouch .... foley editor (as Mike Crouch)
Adam Daniel .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Graham Daniel .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
Peter Eusebe .... second boom operator
Diana Flores .... adr mixer
Susan French .... assistant sound editor (as Sue French)
Diane Greaves .... foley artist
John Hayes .... second sound mixer
Mark Heslop .... sound effects editor
Max Hoskins .... supervising sound editor
Ray Merrin .... sound re-recording mixer
Colin Nicolson .... sound mixer
Lyle Scott-Darling .... sound recordist
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Nick Watson .... sound consultant: Dolby
Colin Cooper .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Colin Cooper .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jonathan Bullock .... special effects technician
Ricky Farns .... special effects supervisor
Garth Inns .... pyrotechnician
Jeremy Lovett .... special effects senior technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Dan Duran .... digital artist (as Daniel Walton)
Douglas Larmour .... digital compositor
Paul O'Shea .... visual effects artist
Susi Roper .... visual effects producer
Gregory Salter .... sequence supervisor: titles
Tom Wood .... digital effects supervisor
Dani Biernat .... stunt double: Frances
Dani Biernat .... stunt performer
Dani Biernat .... stunts
Peter Brayham .... stunt coordinator
Sarah Franzl .... stunts
David Garrick .... stunts
Tom Lucy .... stunt coordinator
Daz Parker .... stunt double: Shannon
Dean Forster .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eugene Adabari .... still photographer
Jeremy Braben .... aerial director of photography
Chris Connatty .... camera trainee
Julian Pugh Cook .... clapper loader
Terry Eden .... generator operator
Raymond Flindall .... stand-by rigger
Merritt Gold .... focus puller: second unit (as Merrit Gold)
Mark Goldeman .... stand-by rigger (as Mark Godleman)
Stuart Graham .... daily cinematographer: additional stunt unit
Tony Hair .... lighting electrician
Demetri Jagger .... video assist operator
Andy Laenen .... electrician
Jason Lobb .... gaffer: second unit
Nathan Matthews .... electrician
Phil Mullally .... additional cinematographer
Phil Mullally .... first assistant camera
Phil Mullally .... focus puller
Zac Nicholson .... focus puller: second unit
Gary Parnham .... additional electrician
Phil Penfold .... best boy electric
Larry S. Prinz .... gaffer (as Larry Prinz)
Jonathan 'Chunky' Richmond .... focus puller: second unit (as Chunky Richmond)
Matt Shaw .... clapper loader: second unit
Andrew Trewartha .... video assist operator: second unit
Karl Watkins .... director of photography: second unit
Peter Wignall .... Steadicam operator
Peter Wignall .... camera operator
Terry Williams .... grip: second unit
Oliver Ward .... camera technician: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Animation Department
Bill Mather .... animator
Casting Department
Sam Chandley .... casting assistant
Kelly O'Brien .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Finlay .... wardrobe supervisor
Françoise Fourcade .... assistant costume designer
Helen Ingham .... stand-by wardrobe
Fola Solanke .... stand-by wardrobe
Editorial Department
Nicola Armstrong .... post-production coordinator
Jens Baylis .... assistant editor
Heidi Freeman .... first assistant editor
Matthew Tucker .... assistant editor
Craig Tuohy .... post-production coordinator
Natasha Wilkinson .... assistant editor
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... conductor
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator
James Bellamy .... assistant music editor
Tony Lewis .... music editor
Rupert Lord .... music supervisor
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
Transportation Department
Julian Anthony .... driver: minibus
Jim Atkins .... driver: minibus
Chris Billings .... unit driver
Richard Cain .... unit driver
Rick Cunningham .... unit driver (as Rik Cunningham)
Ron Narduzzo .... unit driver
John Paul Palmer .... unit driver
Matthew Strange .... special vehicles
Mick White .... driver: minibus
Glen Carroll .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Colin Anderson .... chef
Jonny Benson .... floor runner
Jake Bogert .... assistant to producer
Daniel Budd .... second assistant accountant
Natalie Cheary .... unit publicist
Natasha Coombs .... script supervisor: second unit
Manuela Cripps .... assistant to director
Manuela Cripps .... second unit coordinator
Ian Evans .... aerial helicopter pilot
Pauline Gill .... utility stand-in
Polly Harper .... assistant post-production accountant
Tarn Harper .... post-production accountant
Russell Hayer .... production runner
Charmian Hoare .... voice coach
Neil James .... catering manager
Sarah Lee .... location manager
Jamie Lengyel .... location manager
Sheryl Leonardo .... production accountant
Bernadette Lovett .... production secretary
Steve Lunnon .... script supervisor
Ann Lynch .... production coordinator
Emilie Maison .... press attache france
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Clarissa Newman .... assistant to producer
Caroline Oxley-Mcleod .... unit nurse
Rob Partridge .... armorer (as Robert Partridge)
Greg Pearson .... armorer
Rufus Rawley .... floor runner
Jocelyn Roberts .... production runner
Louise Savage .... utility stand-in
Olive Segré .... title producer
Rebecca Sutton .... location assistant
Dee Taylor .... script supervisor
Charlie Thompson .... location supervisor
Jane Trower .... first assistant accountant
Dean Wares .... title typography
Mat Whitecross .... floor runner (as Matthew Whitecross)
Daniel Battsek .... thanks
Anna Derby .... thanks: Lavish Locations
Harvey Edgington .... thanks: London Film Commission
John Hardy .... thanks: Hackney Film Office
Jere Hausfater .... thanks
Kristin Jones .... thanks
Dawn Malins .... thanks
Emma Plimmer .... thanks: Hackney Film Office
Jason Reed .... thanks (as Jason T. Reed)

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Rated R for language, some violence and nudity
86 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Director Cameo: [Mel Smith]Pushing past Mason at the train station whilst he is trying to explain to the ticket collector why he has not got a ticket.See more »
Errors in geography: On the train ride from London to Brighton there is an announcement "Next stop Haywards Heath" just before the train stops and the characters get of the train. The actors actually get off at Preston Park station (blurred sign visible).See more »
Clubber:How 'bout a shag?
Frances:How about a punch in the mouth?
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Movie Connections:
References "Mission: Impossible" (1966)See more »
Spanish Eyes (Moon Over Naples)See more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
High Heels, Low Lifes and Plenty of Laughs, 11 July 2002
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

A lot of movies are made that have little significance or substance, but are `just for fun,' and wind up being forgettable, in general, as they are made with an eye on box office or projected video receipts, rather than on creating a film that is not only just for fun, but at the same time, worthwhile and enduring. Happily, `High Heels and Low Lifes,' directed by Mel Smith, is one of those rare gems of a little, just-for-fun movie that succeeds in being exactly what it was meant to be: Highly entertaining, and most importantly, fun-- and in a way that's not only memorable, but quite accessible and one that lends itself to multiple viewings, primarily because of it's stars, Minnie Driver and Mary McCormack, who make one of the most winsome and engaging teams to come along in quite some time.

After a fight with her boyfriend, nurse Shannon (Driver) is left to celebrate her birthday with her best friend, Frances (McCormack), an aspiring actress. Departing as he did in a hurry, Shannon's boyfriend leaves behind his recording equipment and the scanners that enable him to pick up telephone conversations he can record and use to create a kind of urban, new age music. And after a bit too much to drink, the girls start to fool around with the scanner, and happen across a phone conversation between a gang of crooks committing a robbery.

Driven to action by purely altruistic intentions (of course), the girls realize this is a chance to pick up a big chunk of change real quick, and they decide to contact and `negotiate' with the thieves for a part of the take. The girls tell them to cough up or they'll go to the police. Big mistake, as they have no idea who they're dealing with, or how big (and bad) the organization behind them really is. But Shannon and Frances are about to find out, and before it's all over, they just may wish they'd never heard of a `scanner,' or for that matter, a telephone. Then again, maybe not...

Mel Smith succeeds in crafting and delivering a high-energy, often hilarious romp through London and the surrounding environs, as he puts his stars through their paces in a way that generates plenty of laughs and makes his audience glad they came along for the ride. Smith sets a perfect pace that makes this a lively comedy, enriched by witty dialogue, wry British humor and the iridescent performances of Driver and McCormack, all of which makes this film more reminiscent of such fare as Michael Caine's `The Italian Job,' or any of the early Peter Sellers movies, rather than the more contemporary Farrelly Brothers/'American Pie' type humor that is so prevalent today. And, as such, it is refreshingly fun AND funny, and leaves you yearning for more of the same.

Since her auspicious motion picture debut as Benny in the heartwarming `Circle of Friends' in 1995, Driver has successfully filled her resume with films that run the gamut from black comedy (As Debi, `Grosse Pointe Blank') and straight drama (Rosie, `The Governess') to action (Karen, `Hard Rain'). Not all of her projects have been a success critically and/or at the box office, perhaps, but one would be hard-put to find a single performance of hers among them that is not engaging and credible. She's demonstrated time and again that she can hold her own with the big boys in the high profile films (alongside De Niro in `Sleepers,' Damon and Affleck in `Good Will Hunting'), and one of her most memorable performances is in what is arguably one of the best romantic comedies of all time, `Return To Me,' in which she plays Grace. All in all, in a comparatively short time, Driver has accrued some impressive credentials, and she never fails to live up to her promise-- and her portrayal of Shannon in this film is no exception. Using to great effect her quirky good looks and winning personality, combined with a discernible intelligence that points up a beauty that is much more than skin deep, here as always, she is a delight to watch.

Perfectly cast, as well, is Mary McCormack, as she succeeds in capturing the very essence of Frances, while proving to be a perfect complement to Driver's Shannon. McCormack has that same kind of well-rounded beauty as Driver, which indicates there's always something going on behind the eyes, and cinematically speaking, as a team it makes them a force to be reckoned with. Most importantly, McCormack brings Frances vividly and enthusiastically to life, and it goes far toward enabling the viewer to suspend disbelief long enough to just go with the flow and enjoy the high jinks of these two young ladies as they cut their swath across the English countryside.

In a terrific supporting role, Michael Gambon, as Kerrigan, is wonderfully droll, espousing that oh-so-wry-and-dry British humor in a manner reminiscent and worthy of Noel Coward at his best. Indeed, Gambon has some of the funniest lines, delivered so subtly as to evoke purely spontaneous bursts of side-splitting laughter from the audience. And when an actor can do that, he has without question succeeded in doing his job; which is exactly what Gambon has accomplished here.

The supporting cast includes Kevin McNally (Mason), Mark Williams (Tremaine), Danny Dyer (Danny), Darren Boyd (Ray), Simon Scardifield (Tony) and Len Collin (Barry). By definition, a comedy is a `movie (or play) of light and humorous character with a happy or cheerful ending.' Therefore-- by definition-- `High Heels and Low Lifes' is a `comedy' in every sense of the word. Thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable, it's a film that makes a promise for a good time to be had by all, then goes on to fulfill that promise. The magic is alive and well in this one, and that's the magic of the movies. I rate this one 8/10.

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