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Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Alison Garland ... Rachel Bassett
Jean Ainslie ... Old Lady

Timothy Spall ... Phil Bassett
Badi Uzzaman ... Passenger
Parvez Qadir ... Passenger

Russell Mabey ... Nutter

Lesley Manville ... Penny Bassett

Ruth Sheen ... Maureen
Thomas Brown-Lowe ... Small Boy
Oliver Golding ... Small Boy
Henri McCarthy ... Small Boy
Ben Wattley ... Small Boy
Paul Jesson ... Ron

Gary McDonald ... Neville
Diveen Henry ... Dinah

Leo Bill ... Young Man
Peter Stockbridge ... Man with Flowers
Brian Bovell ... Garage Owner

James Corden ... Rory Bassett

Sally Hawkins ... Samantha

Ben Crompton ... Craig

Marion Bailey ... Carol
Helen Coker ... Donna

Daniel Mays ... Jason

Sam Kelly ... Sid
Timothy Bateson ... Harold
Michele Austin ... Care Worker
Alex Kelly ... Neurotic Woman

Alan Williams ... Drunk
Peter Taylor ... MC
Dale Davis ... Singer (as Dawn Davis)
Emma Lowndes ... Party Girl

Maxine Peake ... Party Girl
Matt Bardock ... Man at Bar

Mark Benton ... Man at Bar

Dorothy Atkinson ... Silent Passenger
Heather Craney ... Silent Passenger

Martin Savage ... Silent Passenger

Joe Tucker ... Fare Dodger
Edna Doré ... Martha
Kathryn Hunter ... Cécile
Georgia Fitch ... Ange
Tracy O'Flaherty ... Michelle

Di Botcher ... Supervisor
Valerie Hunkins ... Nurse
Robert Wilfort ... Doctor

Daniel Ryan ... Crash Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Greg Bennett ... Radiographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Leigh 
Writing credits
Mike Leigh (written by)

Produced by
Simon Channing Williams .... producer
Pierre Edelman .... executive producer
Georgina Lowe .... line producer
Alain Sarde .... producer
Original Music by
Andrew Dickson 
Cinematography by
Dick Pope 
Film Editing by
Lesley Walker 
Casting by
Nina Gold 
Production Design by
Eve Stewart 
Art Direction by
Tom Read 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Durran 
Makeup Department
Christine Blundell .... hair designer
Christine Blundell .... makeup designer
Kirstin Chalmers .... makeup artist
Lesa Warrener .... makeup artist
Production Management
Steve Mason .... unit manager
Deborah Reade .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lyndsay Bullock .... additional third assistant director
Dan John .... second assistant director
Josh Robertson .... first assistant director
Jo Sheehan .... third assistant director
Hannah Titley .... second assistant director
Lucy Whitton .... third assistant director
Art Department
David Ackrill .... stand-by props (as Dave Ackrill)
Rachel Bailson .... art department assistant (as Rachael Bailson)
Eddie Baker .... stand-by props
Ricky Blundell .... carpenter
Tanya Clark .... prop runner
Gary Davies .... stagehand
Andrew Forrest .... assistant art director (as Andy Forrest)
Zaman Ghulam .... stand-by painter
Bethan Haydon-Jones .... additional painter
Dave Hill .... carpenter
Jo Littlejohn .... graphic designer
Lisa Lloyd .... dressing props
Richard Mills .... property master
Justin Overhill .... stand-by art director
Don Santos .... dressing props
Michael Standish .... production buyer (as Mike Standish)
Bret Whitaker .... additional painter
Damien Williams .... stand-by carpenter (as Damian Williams)
Sound Department
Antonia Bates .... additional sound trainee
Tony Bell .... sound maintenance
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Peter Gleaves .... foley mixer
Matthew Gough .... re-recording mixer
Malcolm Hirst .... sound recordist
Peter Joly .... supervising sound editor
Claire Mahoney .... foley walker (as Clare Mahoney)
Michael Redfern .... foley editor
Adrian Rhodes .... re-recording mixer
Mark Rose .... assistant sound editor
Jason Swanscott .... foley walker
Lucy Allen .... stunt performer
Nrinder Dhudwar .... stunt performer
Steve Griffin .... stunt performer (as Steve [Street] Griffin)
Paul Heasman .... stunt performer (as Paul Heaseman)
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Ackland .... clapper loader
Tony Allen .... electrician
Lucy Bristow .... second camera operator
Lewis Buchan .... focus puller
Geoff Burden .... additional electrician
Andy Duncan .... additional electrician
Martin Duncan .... gaffer
Alan Graham .... additional electrician
Michael Hayes .... additional electrician
Simon Mein .... still photographer
Andy Ormesher .... stand-by rigger
Richard Oxley .... best boy
Mark Packman .... generator operator
Dick Pope .... camera operator
Dan Shoring .... second focus puller
Colin Strachan .... grip
Tim Wiley .... additional electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dan Grace .... wardrobe supervisor
Laura May .... wardrobe mistress
Sara Meek .... assistant costume designer (as Sarah Meek)
Timothy Shanahan .... costume breakdown (as Tim Shanahan)
Editorial Department
Claire Ferguson .... assistant editor: avid
Jeremy Hume .... assistant editor
Clive Noakes .... color timer
Music Department
Maartin Allcock .... musician: guitar
Jon Bailey .... scoring engineer
John A. Coleman .... conductor (as John Coleman)
Mitchell Dalton .... musician: guitar (as Mitch Dalton)
Colin Green .... musician: guitar
William Hawkes .... musician: viola (as Bill Hawkes)
Jake Jackson .... assistant scoring engineer
Karen Jones .... musician: flute
Helen Keen .... musician: bass flute
Fiesta Mei Ling .... music preparation
Step Parikian .... music supervisor
Mary Scully .... musician: double bass
Rosemary Warren-Green .... musician: violin
Transportation Department
Martin Alderdice .... action vehicles
John Atkins .... unit driver
Dean Birch .... location vehicles
Luke Chisholm .... location vehicles (as Luke Chisolm)
Warren Deluce .... unit driver
Brendon Hanscombe .... location vehicles (as Brendon Handscombe)
Alan Higman .... location vehicles
Roger Lupton .... minibus driver
Dean Macey .... location vehicles
Fred Rose .... location vehicles
Kitch Young .... unit driver
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Karima Benchemakh .... trainee: FT2
Danielle Brandon .... production coordinator
Dan Channing-Williams .... floor runner (as Dan Channing Williams)
Fizz Chaudhry .... trainee: FT2
Graham Easton .... completion bond: Film Finance Ltd
Larry Eydmann .... health and safety advisor
Karen Fayerty .... unit nurse
Karen Hogarty .... solicitor: Richards Butler
Neil Lee .... location manager
David Lewisohn .... solicitor
Nuria Mbomio .... trainee: FT2
Carole-Ann McGinley .... trainee: FT2
Justin Miller .... assistant accountant
Richard Philipps .... solicitor: Richards Butler
Darren Price .... production runner
Deborah Reade .... assistant to producer
Jonathan Rutter .... publicist: McDonald & Rutter
Roger Sampson .... insurance: AON/Albert G. Rubens
Brian Shemmings .... health and safety advisor
Heather Storr .... script supervisor
Will Tyler .... production accountant
Henry Woolley .... assistant location manager
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for pervasive language and some sexuality
128 min | France:128 min (Cannes Film Festival) | Germany:121 min (TV version)
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First cinema feature of Sally Hawkins.See more »
Phil:Funny, isn't it? Love. If you're not together, you're alone.See more »
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38 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Powerful and Moving, 27 January 2003
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Phil (Timothy Spall) is an overweight taxi driver who gets up late in the day and works intermittently, barely communicating with his family except for a few grunts. His philosophy of life is expressed as "We're all born alone. We die alone. There's nothing we can do about it". Mike Leigh has given us powerful portrayals of the underclass in his previous films Naked, Secrets and Lies, and Life is Sweet but none more powerful and moving than his latest, All or Nothing.

In this film, Leigh looks at three families living in a dreary South London housing complex and captures their lives with an intimacy that is almost unbearable. All or Nothing has a documentary feel, almost as if the camera was just planted in the middle of the living room to observe. The conditions are familiar: unemployment and underemployment, alcoholism, teen pregnancy, isolation, and the inevitable loss of self-esteem and despair. It is, however, more than a drama of oppressive social conditions, but also of lack of communication between people who desperately need love but are too afraid or lethargic to ask for it.

Spall's performance is a revelation. His unshaven face, disheveled hair, and hangdog expression communicate deep resignation. The film is bleak but Leigh mixes its heartbreak with joy. When a neighbor Maureen (Ruth Sheen) sings ''Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,'' at a karaoke bar, her eyes shine with a glow that seems at odds with the rest of her life but is so contagious that even her most dispirited friends take notice.

It is obvious, from the start that something is amiss. Phil says nothing when his obese son Rory (James Cordon) hurls words of abuse at his common-law wife Penny. Rory is an overweight bully who does nothing but lay around the house, watching TV and hurl insults at everyone in his path. Sister Rachel (Alison Garland) has a job cleaning up at a nursing home but also seems to be going through the motions of living except when she is interacting with patients. Penny works in a supermarket and does just about everything to keep the family going, but it never seems to be enough. The film's sub-plots add to the feeling of life reeling out of control, but none of these are fully developed and are just dropped without tying up the loose ends. Maureen's teenage daughter is pregnant by some lout that doesn't give two hoots about her. Another resident, unemployed Samantha (Sally Hawkins) hates her parents and finds herself seducing a very strange young man (Ben Crompton) lurking in the shadows of the complex grounds.

The second half of the film concentrates mainly on Phil and his family. When a medical emergency occurs, the family begins to open up and express long buried feelings of hurt and resentment. The final confrontation between Phil and Penny achieves an explosive power. Phil tells Penny that when he's had enough, he just switches off the meter on his taxi. Penny responds that she doesn't have the luxury of turning off a switch and making everything go away, that she is still responsible for the daily chores and the condition of the family. After Phil finally reveals his deepest fears, a transformation occurs that is unmistakably reflected in the family's facial expressions and body language.

Leigh does not offer simple solutions, but seems to be telling us that although life is painful, we can reach beyond the pain to get in touch with the beauty. He shows us that love is the glue that holds families together and that either there is love or there's nothing. As a result, All or Nothing pulsates with a humanity that, in spite of its bleakness, is life affirming and ultimately uplifting, reminding us that beyond bitterness, there is love, and beyond suffering, there is grace.

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