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Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002)

After seeing his ex-girlfriend (Henderson) turn down a nationally televised marriage proposal, a small-time crook (Carlyle) returns to his hometown to try and win back her heart.

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Vanessa
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Dek
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Donut
Ryan Bruce ...
Emerson
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Lake
Antony Strachan ...
Jumbo
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Dougy (as David Mckay)
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Originally from the Midlands, Jimmy is currently living in Glasgow eking out a living as a hapless petty crook. One day, he sees his old family and friends - including his older foster sister Carol, her boyfriend/his old buddy Charlie, Jimmy's ex-wife and Carol's best friend Shirley, and Jimmy's pre-teen daughter Marlene - on a television talk show, they baring their souls to a national audience. He has not seen any of them in years. Of note on the show, Shirley rejects the marriage proposal of her slightly awkward live-in boyfriend Dek. Jimmy sees her answer to Dek as a reason to head back to the Midlands to reunite with his past, especially with Shirley and Marlene. Dek, already humiliated, is less than thrilled to see Jimmy back in their lives. In the ensuing duel between Jimmy and Dek for Shirley and Marlene's affections, others get caught up in the crossfire. Meanwhile, three of Jimmy's equally hapless crook friends from Glasgow come looking for him, Jimmy who left them high and ... Written by Huggo

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A tinned spaghetti western

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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6 September 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Bilo jednom na srednjem zapadu  »

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Budget:

£1,950,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£129,920 (United Kingdom), 8 September 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,527, 31 August 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$171,830, 14 December 2003
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Dek (Rhys Ifans)drives a car with a vintage Welsh number plate from the late fifties, the letters which read "DEK". It was issued in Haverfordwest, the birthplace of Rhys Ifans. See more »

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Dek: Please don't do anything sexual.
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Special thanks to ... the People of Carlton and Gedling, Nottingham ... See more »

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References The Weakest Link (2000) See more »

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Feels Like I'm in Love
(1980)
Written by Ray Dorset
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd/Associated Music International Ltd.
Performed by Kelly Marie
Courtesy of Eliot M. Cohen of Satellite Music Ltd.
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Let's do the show right here...
22 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

I got a great idea: British films are sooo bad, what if we gather all the great actors we've got in one place - English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, scouse, brummie, cockney, yeah? Mix em all up like in one big impossible family? It's gonna be a scream. OK, so we pitch the idea and some idiot gives us the green light. Man, this is gonna be bigger than the Boondock Saints. So we get the cast - and what a cast! - and we get the director, locations, mobile café, the works. Dammit! Who brought the story? What, no one? We're gonna have to make it up as we go along? What if it turns out to be a horrible, embarrassing mess, a waste of time and the collective talents of the UK's finest thesps? Whaddayamean, it couldn't happen again: when was the last time you paid to watch a British film? Guess what? It did happen again. Makes you want to crawl away and die of humiliation, don't it? Question: Who on God's planet finances British films? It has to be the same people who 'run' English football. Don't they watch movies? Don't they want to make money? See the papers this weekend (Aug 19 2006)? Bollywood consistently outperforms - make that trashes out of sight - British films in the UK. The subcontinental fools! Has no one told them how last century it is to make entertaining films that people actually want to see? You want to know what a bunch of relative unknowns can do with a script written with love, care and respect for its audience? Go watch Serenity.


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