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Sweet Sixteen (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
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Annmarie Fulton ...
Michelle Abercromby ...
Suzanne
Michelle Coulter ...
Jean
Gary McCormack ...
Stan
Tommy McKee ...
Rab
Calum McAlees ...
Calum
Robert Rennie ...
Scullion
Martin McCardie ...
Tony
Robert Harrison ...
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George McNeilage ...
Tony's gang
Rikki Traynor ...
Tony's gang
Jon Morrison ...
Douglas
Junior Walker ...
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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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It's you and Liam, against the world. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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

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£144,388 (UK) (4 October 2002)

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$304,676 (USA) (11 July 2003)
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References The Graduate (1967) See more »

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Bushes (Rob Mello Vocal Mix)
Written by Markus Nikolai, Theo Krieger, Clair Dietrich
Performed by Markus Nikolai
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Licensed courtesy of Southern Fried Records
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A slice of bitter Glasgow life
8 October 2003 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

A typically excellent Ken Loach dramatic testament to the plight of the common man, "Sweet Sixteen" brings the forces of adversity and the futility of naive courage into bold relief with this hopeful examination of one boy's struggle to make a better life for himself and his loser mother. Don't look for a happy ending to this dreary, drab but compelling drama which could easily be labeled a "downer". Recommended only for realists into foreign films. (B+)

Note - This film does have English subtitles making it more user friendly for those who find the thick Scot dialect difficult to understand.


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