Sweet Sixteen (I) (2002)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  4 October 2002 (UK)
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Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.



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Liam is a young, restless teen struggling to realize his dream in the gritty and dismal streets of Greenock, where unemployment is rampant and little hope is available to the city's youth. He is waiting for the release of his mother, Jean, from prison where she is completing a prison term for a crime that her boyfriend actually committed. Her boyfriend, Stan, is a crude and obnoxious drug pusher is partnered by Liam's equally rough and foul-mouthed, mean-spirited grandfather. Liam is determined to rescue his mother from both of them, which means creating a safe haven beyond their reach. But first he's got to raise the cash--no small feat for a young man It's not long before Liam and his pals' crazy schemes lead them into all sorts of trouble. Finding himself dangerously out of his depth, Liam knows he should walk away. Only this time, he just can't let go. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, drug content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 October 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Afili delikanli  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£144,388 (UK) (4 October 2002)


$304,676 (USA) (11 July 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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References The Graduate (1967) See more »


Written by Tristan Hervo (as Hervo)/Silvère Marcel (as Marcel)
Performed by Wide Open Cage
Used by kind permission of Universal Music Publishing Ltd
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7 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

I felt like I had been punched after I watched this film - it is one of the most powerful movies I have seen in a long time.

This is Ken Loach at his very best, with a wonderful script from Paul Laverty. A tragic, bittersweet tale of a young boys hope and optimism crushed by his uncaring family and the harsh world in which he lives. Despite the fact that this film is a tragedy, it is also very sweet, with some touching moments and a great deal of humour. There is also hope of a sort - the central character Liam has an older sister who cares about him deeply and is always there for him.

The acting is stellar, it is shot with finesse and all in all is a masterful piece of film making. See this.

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