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16 Years of Alcohol (2003)

R | | Crime, Drama | 30 July 2004 (UK)
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16 years of alcohol is about a skinhead named Frankie; his violent childhood, alcoholism and his love for Ska.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Moreland ...
Russell Anderson ...
Frankie - Boy
Frankie's Father (as Lewis MacLeod)
Lisa May Cooper ...
Frankie's Mother
Dad's Lover
Male Actor
Marcia Rose ...
Female Actor
Rival Gang Boy 1 (as Naoufal Ousellam)


16 years of alcohol is about a skinhead named Frankie; his violent childhood, alcoholism and his love for Ska.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive language, some violent content and sexual material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 July 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

16 hronia alkool  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$82, 15 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,515, 15 May 2005
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2.35 : 1
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Frankie: I have always had a strange feeling about love, It seemed tricky: Happiness and sadness, ugly and beautiful, real and unreal; One thing I've always known, though, is that I have wanted to be around love, Quietly, not too much, Just enough to make my heart happy
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References Enter the Dragon (1973) See more »


Love Is The Drug
Written by Bryan Ferry and Andy Mackay
Performed by Roxy Music
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arty attempt at the 'rehabilitated alcoholic' story
8 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is on one level a very gritty story of alcohol abuse and violence; on another it is an aesthetically realised elegy to hope and hopelessness. The beautiful images of historic Edinburgh are used unpretentiously as a backdrop to mindlessly savage beatings and physical intimidation, cinematic techniques involving varied use of lighting, colour, slow motion and overt symbolism. In one scene, the dead-end nature of the lives of people in a bar is demonstrated by showing them as corpses, seated with their drinks and covered in cobwebs, as the main protagonist looks on and questions his own downward-spiralling life of drink and vengeance. There is some light in the character of Helen, an art school graduate whose love might inspire hoodlum Frankie to give up his drunken brawling loud-mouthed ways, but ultimately the story of the slow and painful attempts of an alcoholic to reform himself will be too easily forgotten. The artistic attempts of writer/director and former Skids band-member Richard Jobson are what make the biggest impression – it remains to be seen whether Jobson can subsequently produce of work of creative genius rather than something that simply suggests considerable talent.

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