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Layer Cake (2004)

A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement.

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Brinley Green ...
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Dimitri Andreas ...
Angelo
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Garry Tubbs ...
Brian
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Charlie (as Natalie Lunghi)
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A successful cocaine dealer, who has earned a respected place among England's Mafia elite, plans an early retirement from the business. However, big boss Jimmy Price hands down a tough assignment: find Charlotte Ryder, the missing rich princess daughter of Jimmy's old pal Edward, a powerful construction business player and gossip papers socialite. Complicating matters are two million pounds' worth of Grade A ecstasy, a brutal Serbian gang and a whole series of double crossings. The title "LAYER CAKE" refers to the layers or levels anyone in business goes through in rising to the top. What is revealed is a modern underworld where the rules have changed. There are no 'codes', or 'families' and respect lasts as long as a line. Not knowing who he can trust, he has to use all his 'savvy', 'telling' and skills which make him one of the best, to escape his own. The ultimate last job, a love interest called Tammy, and an international drug ring threaten to draw him back into the 'cake mix'. ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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3 June 2005 (USA)  »

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L4yer Cake  »

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£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,090,561 (United Kingdom), 3 October 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$81,706, 15 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,338,695, 14 August 2005
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During the scene in which Gene (Colm Meaney) gives XXXX a handgun, Director Matthew Vaughn says on the DVD commentary that XXXX "wants to be James Bond." Daniel Craig (XXXX) was announced as the successor to Pierce Brosnan. See more »

Goofs

When xxxx picks the gun from the gun display at Genes apartment he picks the one on the right which is a non silenced luger. The scene where he shoots jimmy he is holding the gun that is to the right of that in the gun cabinet complete with silencer. See more »

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[first lines]
XXXX: When I was born, the world was a far simpler place. It was all just cops and robbers.
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Crazy Credits

The film lacks a traditional opening title. The title Layer Cake appears ten minutes into the film on a door that XXXX walks through. See more »

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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #44.3 (2015) See more »

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Making Plans for Nigel
Written by Colin Moulding
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Performed by XTC
Licensed courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd
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Not Bad
30 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

I went into Layer Cake with no expectations. Being honest, I found the trailer tedious the second time I saw it. I didn't like the whole cake idea, it was okay to a certain extent I guess. I did however enjoy Lock Stock and Snatch. Layer Cake is a different kind of animal.

Whilst Lock Stock and Snatch were more comedy based, Layer Cake has this more serious approach, no names flashing on the screen, identifying any of the characters, so you have to pay extra special attention!

There are several flashback/sub plots which don't particularly help as they can confuse you if you're not paying attention. There were many characters introduced to you in a short space of time and then suddenly going off at a tangent involving some of the 'slightly minor lead' characters.

You can see the influences of other directors in Matthew Vaughn's end product. The direction style is good and the montage is solid.

Daniel Craig gives a good solid performance. His narrative does help place him well in the movie. His narrative in the beginning is definitely something that draws you in. The rest of the performances are pretty good. Tamer Hassan has a minor role. After seeing the major role he had in The Football Factory, he can act, he should have possibly had a larger character. His character does not shine across as that 'demented' as that in The Football Factory. Sienna Miller was underused also, which was a shame.

Although there are some problems with the story, Matthew Vaughn has made a respectable movie. This being his debut, he has nothing to be ashamed of. As long as he works on the clarity of the plot more, he will have no problems securing full audiences. Layer Cake gives a good reputation to British films instead of the some rubbish released over the last few years.

I enjoyed the ending, it was good, I'm not going to say anything about it!

My rating 7/10


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