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The Actors (2003)

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Two failed actors decide to pull a con on a local gangster by pretending to be the people he owes money to.



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Two failed actors decide to pull a con on a local gangster by pretending to be the people he owes money to.

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Thick as thieves. Only thicker.


Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

16 May 2003 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A nagy alakítás  »

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£226,860 (UK) (16 May 2003)


£226,860 (UK) (16 May 2003)

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Jock: What about this actor you were helping?
[the concealed O'Malley gasps]
Jock: What the fuck is that about?
Tom Quirk: [as Barreller] He wouldn't know anything. All he knew is that I owed money to somebody. Everybody owes money to someone. Anyway he's a moron. And the Tucker can't act!
[O'Malley spittakes]
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Orchestrated by The Michael Nyman Band
Performed by Dylan Moran and Lena Headey
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Good fun and light-hearted fluff
18 May 2003 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

The Actors is never going to win any awards for originality, ingenuity or cinematography, but what it does do is to entertain without ever remotely taking itself seriously.

Michael Caine (The Quiet American), Dylan Moran (Black Books), and Michael Gambon (The Singing Detective) star as 2 actors who are down on their luck, and one apparent gangster (Gambon) who the actors will try to exploit. Of course the scheme doesn't quite work out as planned, and the yarn spins out thereafter.

All the players appear to enjoy themselves tremendously. Gambon and Caine especially give the impression of enjoying this light relief as a little break from their more 'serious' roles. And Moran is just excellent in comedy anyway as proven by the British TV comedy, Black Books. Forget what the critics say, this is a blast assuming you don't expect an intellectually stimulating comedy.

Thumbs up.

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