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A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago.

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Mourner
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Storyline

Richard returns home from military service to a small town in the Midlands. He has one thing on his mind: revenge. Payback for the local bullies who did some very bad things to his brother. At first his campaign employs guerrilla tactics, designed to frighten the men and put them ill at ease. But then he steps up his operation, and one by one these local tough guys are picked off by the terrifying angel of vengeance that Richard has become. Written by Mr_John_Barrymore

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He's in all of us.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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1 October 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Vingança Redentora  »

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Budget:

£695,393 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,825 (USA) (12 May 2006)

Gross:

$6,013 (USA) (26 May 2006)
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When Richard breaks into the flat he spray paints "Cheyne Stoking" on the wall. In very sick patients, this is the name of the breathing pattern that is a sign of impending death. See more »

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Before the drug scene when Richard is putting the drugs in the kettle you can clearly see under the gas mask Richard has long(ish) hair. While in every other scene he has very short hair. See more »

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[first lines]
Richard: [narrating] God will forgive them. He'll forgive them and allow them into Heaven. I can't live with that.
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Before the credits roll, the film is dedicated to the memory of Paddy Considine's father. See more »

Connections

References Enter the Dragon (1973) See more »

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A King at Night
Performed by Bonnie "Prince" Billy
Written by Will Oldham
Published by Royal Stable Music (ascap)
Courtesy of Palace Records
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Raw and edgy.
11 October 2004 | by (Davis, CA) – See all my reviews

This is not just a "kitchen sink" film. It's an thriller with an edge, a story and believable characters.

It is a fairly violent film, but that violence is given a realistic, documentary treatment, which is some ways makes it all the more shocking. There is no gore splatter, just cold, well-defined revenge. The trailer did leave me with the impression it was going to be much bloodier, but I feel that Shane Meadows got the balance right.

Paddy Considine's script is very good, and leaves enough room for the audience to be surprised at the next turn, and his portrayal of a vengeful brother is spot-on.

Provided they are happy with the lack of Hollywood polish, this is a film I'd recommend to any lovers of the thriller genre. It's well-paced and there are sufficient surprises to keep you guessing throughout.

Overall, it kept me well occupied and it gets a good 8/10 from me.


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