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


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A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Daniel Craig ... XXXX

Tom Hardy ... Clarkie

Jamie Foreman ... Duke

Sally Hawkins ... Slasher

Burn Gorman ... Gazza
Brinley Green ... Nobby

George Harris ... Morty

Tamer Hassan ... Terry

Colm Meaney ... Gene

Marcel Iures ... Slavo

Francis Magee ... Paul the Boatman
Dimitri Andreas ... Angelo

Kenneth Cranham ... Jimmy Price
Garry Tubbs ... Brian

Nathalie Lunghi ... Charlie (as Natalie Lunghi)
Marvin Benoit ... Kinky (as Marvyn Benoit)

Rab Affleck ... Mickey

Dexter Fletcher ... Cody
Steve John Shepherd ... Tiptoes

Ben Whishaw ... Sidney

Sienna Miller ... Tammy
Paul Orchard ... Lucky

Stephen Walters ... Shanks
Louis Emerick ... Trevor
Darren Healy ... Junkie 1

Matt Ryan ... Junkie 2

Ivan Kaye ... Freddie Hurst

Jason Flemyng ... Crazy Larry

Ben Brazier ... Kilburn Jerry (as Ben Brasier)

Neil Finnighan ... Troop

Michael Gambon ... Eddie Temple
Budge Prewitt ... Golf Host (as Budgie Prewitt)
Don McCorkindale ... Albert Carter

Dragan Micanovic ... Dragan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Dodd ... Principal Dancer (uncredited)

Darren Sean Enright ... Criminal (uncredited)
Jensen Freeman ... Dancer (uncredited)
Steve Hooper ... Couple Having Sex (uncredited)

Philip Howard ... Nightclub Drinker (uncredited)
Kelly-Marie Kerr ... Cocaine Girl (uncredited)
Kinky Kerry ... Couple Having Sex (uncredited)
Peter Rnic ... Serbian Gangster (uncredited)

Nick Thomas-Webster ... Serbian Security (uncredited)
Lucy Wills ... 70's Party Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Matthew Vaughn 
Writing credits
J.J. Connolly (screenplay)

J.J. Connolly (novel)

Produced by
Adam Bohling .... producer
Stephen Marks .... executive producer
David Reid .... producer
Matthew Vaughn .... producer
Original Music by
Ilan Eshkeri 
Lisa Gerrard 
Cinematography by
Ben Davis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jon Harris 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
Jina Jay 
Production Design by
Kave Quinn 
Art Direction by
Steve Carter 
Set Decoration by
Joanna Barrs  (as Jo Barrs)
Costume Design by
Stephanie Collie 
Makeup Department
Fae Hammond .... chief hair stylist
Fae Hammond .... chief makeup artist
Maureen Hetherington .... hair stylist
Maureen Hetherington .... makeup artist
Pebbles .... chief hair stylist
Pebbles .... chief makeup artist
Karen Sherriff-Brown .... hair stylist (as Karen Sherriff Brown)
Karen Sherriff-Brown .... makeup artist (as Karen Sherriff Brown)
Dubi Preger .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Jatinderpal Chohan .... post-production supervisor
Luke Jackson .... unit manager
Alain Lagger .... production manager: Amsterdam
Clare Maclean .... post-production supervisor
Emma Pike .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Elliott .... first assistant director (as Mike Elliott)
Samar Pollitt .... third assistant director
David Reid .... second unit director
Anthony Wilcox .... second assistant director
Art Department
Chloe Boleyn .... graffiti artist
Mick Boleyn .... construction manager (as Michael Boleyn)
Sophie Boleyn .... graffiti artist
Will Cann .... stand-by props (as William Cann)
Nick Cosens .... stand-by props
Noel Cowell .... property master
Hannah Evans .... assistant set decorator
Jonathan Holbrook .... scenic painter
Martin Kane .... props
Coralie Lew .... assistant art director
Dale Manning .... art department production assistant
Justin Overhill .... stand-by painter
Matthew Parsons .... scenic painter (as Mathew Parsons)
Sandra Phillips .... assistant art director
Adrian Platt .... dressing props
Will Pope .... carpenter foreman
Nina Ross .... assistant art director
Tony Statham .... signs and graphics
John Watt .... stand-by carpenter
Peter Wignall .... uncredited
Damian Butlin .... dressing props (uncredited)
Damian Butlin .... props (uncredited)
Craig Cheeseman .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Stuart Headley-Read .... dressing props: dailies (uncredited)
Andrew Palmer .... art department runner (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paula Boram .... foley artist (as Paula Borum)
Chris Burdon .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Collinge .... foley editor
Matthew Collinge .... sound designer
Matthew Collinge .... sound effects editor
Arthur Fenn .... boom operator (as Arthur Turner)
Peter Gleaves .... adr recordist
Ben Greaves .... cable person
Tom Harrison .... cable man
Simon Hayes .... sound mixer
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Robin Johnson .... cable man
Daryl Jordan .... assistant sound editor
Julian Pinn .... sound consultant: Dolby
Danny Sheehan .... adr editor
Danny Sheehan .... dialogue editor
Danny Sheehan .... foley editor
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
Sven Taits .... sound re-recording mixer
Alexander Beddow .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Gareth Bull .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Matthew Collinge .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Hayden Collow .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Danny Sheehan .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Ian Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Steve Benelisha .... special effects technician
Neal Champion .... special effects supervisor
Matthew G. Armstrong .... special effects assistant: dailies (uncredited)
Laurence Harvey .... armourer (uncredited)
Nick P. Phillips .... senior special effects technician (uncredited)
Ed Smith .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Rob Tucker .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Michelle Camp .... visual effects editorial
Jerome Dewhurst .... di engineer
Jonathan Dredge .... scanning and recording
Robert Duncan .... visual effects supervisor (as Rob Duncan)
Mike Morrison .... data operator
Joanna Nodwell .... visual effects producer
Asa Shoul .... colourist
Annabel Wright .... digital lab operator
Doron Zar .... digital grading assistant
Andy Burrow .... scanning manager (uncredited)
Edward Xi Chen .... data operator (uncredited)
James Clarke .... visual effects (uncredited)
Paul Doogan .... scanning, digital cleanup (uncredited)
Andrew Francis .... HD mastering (uncredited)
Joe Godfrey .... scanning, recording & digital cleanup (uncredited)
Dianne Gordon .... data operator: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
Alistair Hamer .... film mastering engineer (uncredited)
Jan Hogevold .... production executive: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
Jack James .... compositor (uncredited)
Kevin Lowery .... scanning, recording & digital cleanup (uncredited)
Dan McRae .... digital lab (uncredited)
Steve Parsons .... visual effects: titles (uncredited)
Sirio Quintavalle .... digital artist (uncredited)
Dave Robinson .... systems engineer (uncredited)
Jeremy Sawyer .... data operator (uncredited)
Matina Skouteri .... digital lab operator (uncredited)
Maria Stroka .... film recording producer (uncredited)
Paola Varvaro .... digital cleanup artist (uncredited)
Stephen Willey .... systems engineer (uncredited)
Aubrey Woodiwiss .... digital cleanup (uncredited)
Tom Aitken .... stunts
Gary Connery .... stunts
Bradley Farmer .... stunts
Dean Forster .... stunts
Andy Godbold .... stunts
Paul Herbert .... stunt coordinator
Rowley Irlam .... stunts
James O'Donnell .... stunts (as James O'Dee)
Seon Rogers .... stunts (as Séon Rogers)
Nick Wilkinson .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
David Allain .... video assistant
Ian Barwick .... electrician
David Brown .... chief lighting technician
Jeff Burden .... electrician
Martin Duncan .... assistant chief lighting technician
Kevin Fraser .... grip equipment
Kevin Fraser .... key grip
Shay Gallagher .... stand-by rigger
Robert Gavigan .... electrician
Phil Humphries .... clapper loader
Lee Kemble .... assistant grip
John Marzano .... aerial camera operator
Guy Minoli .... electrician
Steve Parker .... director of photography: second unit
Clive Prior .... focus puller
Alexander Reid .... focus puller: second unit (as Alex Reid)
Mark Silk .... underwater camera operator
Daniel Smith .... still photographer
Greg Thomas .... electrician
Simon Werry .... aerial camera operator
Peter Wignall .... Steadicam operator: "a" camera
Peter Wignall .... camera operator
Matthew Dudding .... focus puller: "b" camera (uncredited)
Leigh Gold .... focus puller: dailies (uncredited)
Camille Griffin .... clapper loader: second unit (uncredited)
Karl Hui .... clapper loader: "b" camera (uncredited)
Glyn Williams .... first assistant camera: aerial unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... voice casting
Brendan Donnison .... voice casting
Melissa Holm .... casting assistant
Dixie Chassay .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Julie Dunne .... additional casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mike Hodge .... wardrobe master
Fiona Lucas .... costume supervisor
Anna Palmgren .... assistant costume designer
Gabrielle Spanswick .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Hattie Dalton .... assistant editor
Claire McGrane .... digital intermediate producer
Jason Wheeler .... negative cutter
Music Department
Patrick Cassidy .... composer: additional music
Tom Chichester-Clark .... music editor
Felix Erskine .... composer assistant
Vic Fraser .... music preparation
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Julian Kershaw .... orchestrator
Richard Lancaster .... music recordist
The London Metropolitan Orchestra .... music performed by
Stephen McLaughlin .... music producer (as Gohl/McLaughlin)
Andrew Raiher .... music programmer
Alex Scannell .... music recordist
Jeff Toyne .... orchestrator
Andy Brown .... music contractor (uncredited)
Andrew Raiher .... musician: guitars (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Simon Barker .... transportation captain
Ben Dillon .... picture car coordinator
Bill Walker .... driver
Other crew
Jon Baker .... armorer
Luke Boyle .... assistant production coordinator
Chris Brouwer .... production coordinator: Amsterdam
Stacy Crago .... production assistant
Claudia Creebsburg .... production secretary: Amsterdam
Eran Creevy .... production assistant
Tina Falcone .... assistant accountant
Kevin Freemantle .... production accountant
Daniel Gill .... production assistant (as Dan Gill)
Rob Grundy .... armorer
Mary Haddow .... script supervisor
Stewart Hamilton .... floor runner
Russell Hasenberg .... production runner
Luke Jackson .... location manager
Carrie Johnson .... unit nurse
Diane Kelly .... unit publicist
Frans Kuijper .... location manager: Amsterdam
Piet-Hein Luykx .... office manager: Amsterdam
Tarquin Pack .... production assistant
Carlos Peres .... production assistant
Thomas Rohde .... production assistant: Amsterdam
Sanne Rosinga .... production assistant: Amsterdam
Suzie Shearer .... production coordinator
Rubin Snitslaar .... location scout: Amsterdam
Eddie Standish .... location manager
Anastasia Timeneys .... production secretary (as Ana Timenys)
Alex Warder .... assistant production coordinator
Nick Williams .... floor manager
Marc Wolff .... aerial coordinator
Marc Wolff .... pilot
John Charles .... software engineer: Sony DAC (uncredited)
Britt Harrison .... development executive (uncredited)
Roger Phillips .... end titles (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L4yer Cake" - Ireland (English title) (DVD box title), UK (DVD box title), USA (DVD box title)
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Rated R for strong brutal violence, sexuality, nudity, pervasive language and drug use
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | SDDS (US prints) | DTS

Did You Know?

Guy Ritchie was in place to direct but other commitments meant he had to drop out.See more »
Continuity: After XXXX places the telephone call before being abducted from his apartment by Eddie Temple's thugs, he throws down the cell phone on the bed. In the next shot when Tammy comes out of the bathroom, the cell phone is gone.See more »
[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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Becoming Bond (2006) (TV)See more »
Can't Get Blue Monday out of My HeadSee more »


Do we ever learn xxxx's real name?
Who got the pills?
Is Dexter Fletcher's character the same person as in Kickass?
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49 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Great showcase for Daniel Craig's talent - and solid entertainment, 10 August 2006
Author: Flagrant-Baronessa from Sweden

I can IMPOSSIBLY outline the plot of Matthew Vaughn's Layer Cake, so I'll just say it's about a nameless guy (Daniel Craig) doing some criminal stuff in London.

In my observation there are three approaches to gangster characters in crime films: 1) The overly-amateurish 'gangsters' that are scared sh*t and mess up, like in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, 2) The kind of gangster who is an amateur, but picks up on criminal ways quickly and effortlessly if the occasion calls for it, like Max the cab driver from Collateral and 3) The stone-cold professionals who can do whatever, whenever with whatever, like any mob-boss, contract killer, etc.

What is so endlessly refreshing about Layer Cake (2004) is that it applies none of these approaches to its main character Daniel Craig. He is a drug-dealer, but reluctantly resorts to violent ways. He hates guns. Murders and violence disturb him. He takes time to cope with things. He shows fear and hesitation. He actually bleeds when he is hit. In short, he is an extremely realistic person and this facilitates the film's realistic atmosphere - there's no glossy visuals or over-the-top violence.

Now, it is my opinion that Layer Cake could have perhaps used some of the latter to spice things up. Its director is the producer of Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and it is clear here that he is trying to move away from flashy Ritchie editing and effects as much as possible, making his own film just a bit too barren in order to be 'different'. It works fine, but as a result, the gangster characters aren't very funny or colourful - rather they are down-to-earth London men trying to make a living. A shady living, true, but still a living.

A few bland characters and an extra-template romantic storyline featuring Sienna Miller (I like her, but she is redundant in this film) drag this film down, but overall it is a very solid crime thriller, superbly acted by Daniel Craig. The score is great. In particular, please note the great use of "Ordinary World" by Duran Duran. Layer Cake isn't gloriously entertaining or anything but it feels very real and engaging and it is interesting to see the acting abilities of future Mr Bond - as well as his bare chest.


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