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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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Did You Know?

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 »
Kerrigan:So, you're just going to pay? Have you gone completely Tonto?See more »
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References "Mission: Impossible" (1966)See more »
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
So, you're just going to pay? Have you gone completely Tonto?, 10 November 2004
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

It is not often that I use this word in film reviews, but High Heels and Low Lifes was a very cute movie. While it did follow a very formulaic caper approach, there were elements that were very original and stood out in this film. It had a crisp semi-humorous story coupled with two actresses that were very into their roles. There were some dark elements that I was not expecting when they were dealing with the gangsters that kept my attention until the very end. This was one of those films where you knew exactly how it was going to end, but you still had fun watching your characters get there. This film was a no-brainer, but in a good sense. If you are looking for a fun, caper film that takes no energy to watch than this is the film for you. That is exactly what I was looking for when I watched this film, and it worked perfectly. Let me tell you why.

My biggest satisfaction from this film came from the very unrealistic portrayal of London's dark underbelly. It begins with a very sinister retrospect on the crime in this populated city with images of hardcore robbers doing what they do best. That is the last glimpse we have of that world because by the end of the film the darkness sheds to light and we are handed a fantasy world all our own. The bad guys go from their darkened world and into mansions full of color, ambition, and cartoon blunders. It is this sense of unreality that kept me focused on this film. Here we have two women that are having this 'movie' adventure while hiding in bushes, wearing dark sunglasses, and fighting with guys in the cow pastures, yet on the other hand we have these criminals that truly want to kill them. There are huge guns fired, people get shot, and there are even some literal explosions. It reminded me of when Elmer Fudd was hunting for Bugs Bunny. There is some horror to the realization that Fudd only wants to 'kill the rabbit', but there is humor in the unrealistic events that occur due to Bugs' outlandish style and Fudd's ignorance. So, when you look at the cover of this film, do not be fooled. What I am trying to say here is that the unreal story is what kept my attention. I don't know if the writers wanted to create a real world with these heroes, but in my eyes they didn't. This was a fictional story, and I couldn't see this happening in real life … and that worked for me.

I must say that Minnie Driver and Mary McCormack are not at the top of Hollywood players list, but they seemed to carry themselves well in this picture. I think the reason that they worked was because it was a small film. Driver and McCormack do better in these small budgeted films than they do in the blockbusters. I don't think I have ever seen a big-budget Minnie Driver film that I would say was 'amazing', and the same goes for McCormack. High Heels and Low Lifes is their type of film. Thankfully, director Mel Smith knows that and knew what he had to work with. He keeps the tone low on this film, making the humor not laugh-out-loud, but grinable. There wasn't really anything spectacular about the direction of this film, and that was perfect for this film. At times directors of these smaller films try to reach out and become to artsy with their craft, this was not the case here. Smith stayed on the path of this film and worked his magic with the greatest of ease. He was not trying to go over the top, but yet successfully kept this film from sinking.

Overall, this was a 'cute' film. I will use that word again because I cannot think of a better way to describe this simple film. It was easy on the eyes and on the mind, and if you are in the mood for that style of film than High Heel and Low Lifes will provide it. Minnie Driver and Mary McCormack play off each other exceptionally well while Mel Smith eases behind the camera. There is nothing spectacular about this film. I probably will never see it again, but it was worth watching once. It is always good to have these types of films around. Those that do not try to go overboard, yet give you exactly what you went in looking for. I was impressed.

Grade: *** out of *****

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