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The Martins (2001)

Out of work, scrounger Robert Martin lives with his dysfunctional family - long suffering wife accident prone son and pregnant teenage daughter in a shabby house next door to a giant ... See full summary »

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Eric Byrne ...
Little Bob
Lloyd Harvey ...
Security guard
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Terri Dumont ...
Katie
Tameka Empson ...
Mo
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Hatfield Recorder Editor
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Traffic Warden
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Doug
Alison Egan ...
Jan
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Anthea
Owen Brenman ...
Teacher
Oscar Grounds ...
Pupil
Melanie Claus ...
Woman at Children's Party (as Mel Claus)
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Mr. Marvel
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Out of work, scrounger Robert Martin lives with his dysfunctional family - long suffering wife accident prone son and pregnant teenage daughter in a shabby house next door to a giant shopping center in the London suburbs. The Martins are the family from hell! Robert dreams if winning a dream holiday for his family, and when he fails to win yet another competition he flips, out tracks down the elderly winners, ties them up in the cellar and steals their tickets! Written by Chrissoda100

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14 September 2001 (UK)  »

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£310,600 (UK) (14 September 2001)
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Martin Clunes and Rowan Atkinson were considered for the role of Robert Martin See more »

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When Robert and Ange are sitting on the rock out at sea, talking, how far Robert's jacket is zipped up changes in each shot. See more »

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Featured in The Martins: Outtakes (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Game of Love
Written by Clint Ballard Jr.
Performed by Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders
Courtesy of Mercury Records (London) Ltd.
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Much better than the trailer makes out...
16 September 2001 | by (Brighton, England) – See all my reviews

What a pleasant surprise: I was expecting some slapstick humour and a shallow comical view on a 'common' family. One of those leave-your-brains-behind movies that are occasionally worth a look when you've seen everything else. But don't be fooled, yes, it does have plenty of the slapstick variety but somehow The Martins manages to weave in a gripping and sometimes even intense drama packed with emotion and still keep you amused. It's something often attempted but rarely achieved.

Also, the performances were excellent without exception. I've never been that much of a Lee Evans fan but his performance was outstanding, every line delivered spot-on, even down to the way he moved his eyes, everything he did was in keeping with his character, surely he's into a new league now.

Also, the Director and Cinimatographer didn't self indulge themselves at the expence of the film which was refreshing considering the MTV style of film making that's popular these days. It felt like a mature hand at work here.

I wonder if this film will do as well as it should, because of the wrong impression the poster and trailer gives out. I would pitch this film as 'Dumb & Dummer' meets 'Nil by Mouth'. Basically it's like a peanut butter and jam sandwich, it seems like a stupid idea, but somehow it tastes great!


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