Modern story inspired by King Lear set in contemporary Liverpool.

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The Boy
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Mandy
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Quick
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Jo
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Puttnam
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Kath
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Dean
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The Chair
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Mineral
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Gerard Starkey ...
Minder
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A powerful dynasty, headed by a charismatic, manipulative father, falls when he decides to hand over his criminal empire to his three corrupt and power-hungry daughters. Kath runs a brothel down by the docks, Tracy owns a soccer team and Jo, a former junkie--and prostitute--rejects her inheritance, pitting sisters Kath and Tracy against each other. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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11 October 2002 (UK)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,607 (USA) (6 December 2002)

Gross:

$2,607 (USA) (6 December 2002)
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The story was intended as a modern take on "King Lear". See more »

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I Wonder Why (He's The Greatest DJ)
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Richard Harris´s last performance apparently,
21 December 2003 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

and one his best. He plays the boss of a Liverpool rime family, whose own naivety brings his downfall. This is based on King Lear but it doesn´t really work for me here. We´re supposed to believe that this tough, streetwise gang boss would be stupid enough not to see the consequences of his actions (I don´t want to give the story away, but those familiar with King Lear will know what happens. This supposed sudden naivety goes totally aginst the grain of the character Harris portrays in the film up until his fateful decision.

It was an interesting idea but just doesn´t work for me and the second half of the film becomes increasingly silly as a consequence. I´ve also no idea why one of the main gangsters is a Sihk. Liverpool is unusual amongst British cities in having a very small asian population and I don´t think I´ve ever seen a Sihk there. Strange.

That said, it´s not a bad film. There´s some good camerawork, Harris is on good form and the supporting cast are mostly very good. 8/10 for the first half of the film, 5/10 for the second.


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