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Charlie (2004)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  6 February 2004 (UK)
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Luke Goss teams up with Steven Berkoff to tell the real life story of 'Charlie Richardson', the head of the notorious 'Torture gang'... See full synopsis »

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Charlie Richardson
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Charlie Richardson Snr
Leslie Grantham ...
Richard Waldeck
Anita Dobson ...
Charlie's Mum
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Van Den Bergh
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Jean Le Grange
Douglas McFerran ...
Richard Aubury
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Eddy Richardson
Jeroen Kranenburg ...
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Mark Arden ...
Cyril Green
Tony Longhurst ...
Chris Curran ...
Frankie Fraser
Andrew Brent ...
Jack Duval
Bruce Young ...
Lucian Harris
Anthony Carrick ...
Justice Lawton (as Antony Carrick)
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Luke Goss teams up with Steven Berkoff to tell the real life story of 'Charlie Richardson', the head of the notorious 'Torture gang'... See full synopsis »

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Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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£92,336 (UK) (6 February 2004)

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£92,336 (UK) (6 February 2004)
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The silver sports car driven by Charlie (Luke Goss) is a Daimler SP250 Dart See more »

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Lucian Harris: Roy Hall turned the handle and the electric charge caused me to leap up out of my chair and fall to the floor. Then they stripped me, bound me, and gagged me, and applied electric shocks to various parts of my body.
Prosecution Brief: Why didn't you go to the police?
Lucian Harris: Well, the police are all on Charlie's payroll.
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a good true-crime biography, but a little bit thin on details
2 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The strengths of this movie are Luke Goss as the Charlie, and the truth, or at least believability, of the history. The film shifts back and force between Charlie's life as he tells it, and as it is portrayed by the prosecution during his trial. In one version he is respectable thief, stealing primarily from the government, and all-around nice guy. In the other he is a viscous sadist, torturing anyone who displeases him. In both versions he is charming, clever, and competent.

The movie's main weakness is the way that the story skips through small events without ever giving you the big picture. None of the other characters are developed much, and you don't see the progress of his relationships with the other gang members nor how he builds his business. Although the film is only 95 minutes long, it feels longer because it crams so many short scenes in. But because the scenes are disconnected and repetitive, it misses much of the story.

If the film was fiction, I wouldn't have enjoyed it, but as a true story it is fascinating.


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