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Ian Hart ... Dad
Claire Hackett ... Mum

Anthony Borrows ... Liam
David Hart ... Con
Megan Burns ... Teresa

Anne Reid ... Mrs. Abernathy
Russell Dixon ... Father Ryan
Julia Deakin ... Auntie Aggie

Andrew Schofield ... Uncle Tom
Bernadette Shortt ... Lizzie
David Carey ... Lizzie's husband
David Knopov ... Mr. Samuels
Jane Gurnett ... Mrs. Samuels
Gema Loveday ... Jane Samuels

Martin Hancock ... David
Sylvia Gatril ... Nunney
Chris Darwin ... Nunney's husband
James Foy ... Lofty
Arnold Brown ... Pawnbroker
Billy Moocho ... Clubman

Stephen Walters ... Black shirt
Bryan Reagan ... Gaffer
Sean Styles ... Big Micky
Sean McKee ... Little Micky
George Maudsley ... Man at political rally
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tim Baker ... (uncredited)

Christopher Schönning ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Frears 
Writing credits
Jimmy McGovern (written by)

Produced by
Michael André .... associate producer
Ulrich Felsberg .... co-producer
Sally Hibbin .... executive producer
Colin McKeown .... producer
Tessa Ross .... executive producer
Martin Tempia .... producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Murphy 
Cinematography by
Andrew Dunn 
Film Editing by
Kristina Hetherington 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
Pippa Hall 
Production Design by
Stephen Fineren 
Art Direction by
Hannah Moseley 
Costume Design by
Alexandra Caulfield 
Makeup Department
Marrie Dorris .... assistant makeup artist
Samantha Marshall .... makeup supervisor
Sue Milton .... makeup designer
Production Management
Donna Molloy .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Dutton .... second assistant director
Trevor Gittings .... first assistant director
Adam O'Brien .... third assistant director
Art Department
Steve Bedford .... construction manager (as Stephen Bedford)
Richard Brockless .... construction team
David Flower .... set dresser
Bernard Hamill .... additional constructor
Brian Henry .... stand-by props
Duncan Howell .... stand-by art director
Darren Malone .... set dresser
Ron Pritchard .... production buyer
Alan Pugh .... additional constructor
Derek Roberts .... property master
David Round .... production buyer
Peter Skarratt .... stand-by carpenter
Paul Tandy .... stand-by painter
Lee Howarth .... rigger: art department (uncredited)
Sound Department
Chris Atkinson .... production sound mixer
Matthew Gough .... co-sound mixer
Diane Greaves .... foley artist
Terry Isted .... foley recordist
Peter Joly .... supervising sound editor
Michael Redfern .... foley editor
Adrian Rhodes .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Rose .... assistant sound editor
Alison Ross .... boom operator
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
Ted Swanscott .... foley mixer
Visual Effects by
Giles Livesey .... telecine colorist
Nastuh Abootalebi .... visual effects (uncredited)
Moritz Peters .... visual effects (uncredited)
Matthew Twyford .... visual effects (uncredited)
Riky Ash .... stunts
Mark Berry .... stunts
Bill Davey .... stunts
Levan Doran .... stunts
Dave Fisher .... stunts
Paul Howell .... stunts
Glenn Marks .... stunt coordinator
Andy Merchant .... stunts
Christopher Schönning .... stunts (as Christopher Pocock)
Shaun Wallace .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Carter .... stand-by rigger
Glenn Carvath .... electrician (as Glen Carvath)
Michael Costelloe .... assistant camera
Vinny Cowper .... electrician
Daniel Gadd .... camera trainee
Peter Goddard .... gaffer
Brendan Judge .... grip
Daniel Lightening .... clapper loader
Christopher McDonough .... crane grip (2000)
Tony O'Brien .... best boy
Trevor Owens .... still photographer
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kath Davies .... costume dresser
Tabitha Moses .... costume dresser
Kevin Pollard .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Darren Brady .... assistant to editor
Music Department
Simon Denny .... additional score production
Simon Denny .... additional score recordings
Daniel L. Griffiths .... score mixer
Daniel L. Griffiths .... score producer
John Murphy .... arranger
Greg Francis .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Terry Eden .... genny driver
Other crew
Vicki Allen .... additional runner
Roger Arscott .... location manager
Sarah Best .... production secretary
Paul Codman .... child acting coach
Laurence Easeman .... floor runner
Mark Edwards .... production accountant
Paul Edwards .... floor runner
Dorothy Friend .... script supervisor
Jenni Hicks .... office assistant
Richard Lloyd Jones .... additional runner
Grainne Marmion .... production executive: BBC
Julie Scott .... production executive: BBC
Roxy Spencer .... script editor
Colin Taylor .... location assistant
Jean Taylor .... production coordinator
Ruth Taylor .... assistant production accountant
Dean Williamson .... floor runner

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Rated R for some nudity and language
90 min
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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Stephen Frears did it again..., 11 July 2005
Author: Philip Van der Veken from Tessenderlo, Belgium

Having seen the (in my opinion excellent) "Dirty Pretty Things" before, I knew pretty well what to expect from Stephen Frears. I expected to see a socially engaged drama and that's exactly what I got. This time however, the movie is situated during the time of the Depression and not at the present day. But being very interested in that time period, that was just another fine reason to watch this movie.

It tells the story of two young children in Liverpool during the Depression, called Liam and Teresa. When their dad loses his job at the ship yard, their family is facing very difficult times. Blaming the cheap Irish labor and the rich Jewish owners, their dad joins the fascists. In the mean time Liam is about to make his first Holy Communion, which makes it even more difficult for the poor family, because it will cost them too much money on new clothes. Their father, too proud and stubborn to ask for help, hating the church for their immoral behavior (monthly asking for more money, while they already have so much and the family hasn't got anything left) and hating all people who aren't 'English' he decides to go for drastic measures. But just as his hatred reaches its top, it will all explode into his own face...

When you aren't able to face criticism on the Catholic church, you better don't even think about watching this movie. You'll find plenty of it from the beginning until the end and I know that not too many people like that or are able to cope with it, believing that it is not true or perhaps exaggerated. But it has to be said that it isn't wrong. Despite what many of you might believe, this was really the way how it all went at that time (My mother told me several times that even in the fifties and sixties this was still common practice). However, when you are able to cope with that anti-religious 'fanatism', you'll see that this is a very good and relevant social drama. The story does a very good job in showing the poverty, the rise of fascism, the desperation and the tough grip that the Catholic church had on the ordinary man and woman. Of course, this story would have been nothing if it hadn't been supported by a fine cast. Especially the young Anthony Borrows did a very nice job, but the other actors like Ian Hart, Claire Hackett, Megan Burns,... sure deserve to be mentioned as well.

Overall this is a very nice movie with a very good story, some fine acting and a sober, but powerful message. I really liked what I saw and I consider this as the second hit for Stephen Frears. I give it a 7.5/10.

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