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My Kingdom (2001)

Unrated | | Drama, Crime | 11 October 2002 (UK)
A modern story, inspired by King Lear, set in contemporary Liverpool.

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Cast

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Sandeman
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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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Jug
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Tracy
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The Chair
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Animal
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Mineral
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Tigger
Gerard Starkey ...
Minder
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Storyline

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,607 (USA) (8 December 2002)

Gross:

$2,607 (USA) (8 December 2002)
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The story was intended as a modern take on "King Lear". See more »

Soundtracks

Letting Go
Written by Nitin Sawhney and Tina Grace
Performed by Nitin Sawhney and Tina Grace
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Recommended Crime Drama
9 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Overall, I'd vote this a 7.5/10 film, if fractions were available.

I think the comments by L8Hatter (above) veer near the essential tone as to whether or not a person reading these comments might want to view the film. Nonetheless, I am rather more sympathetic than Mr/s Hatter, because I think the film is especially strong in one regard: directing.

I differ with L8Hatter re "We're supposed to believe that this tough, streetwise gang boss would be stupid enough not to see the consequences of his actions..." I believe that is an oversimplification of the presentation of a powerful figure near the end of his life not realizing how his strength and, indeed, bullying conduct of his life have kept him more than a little ignorant of the feelings of those in his own family.

While I disagree with L8Hatter's phrasing, "...the second half of the film becomes increasingly silly...", I agree that there is definite stumbling in the plot line about halfway through the third act, which is a hell of a bad place to have it.

All that said, the directing pretty much single-handedly carries the film. If one particularly enjoys that aspect of the craft, this is a should-see film. And if you haven't some powerfully better film to watch this evening, the character work, cinematography, 92% of the plot line, and definitely the superbly paced directing of action, timing and actors, mean you can make up your mind now.


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