Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

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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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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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Release Date:

1 October 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Vingança Redentora  »

Box Office


£695,393 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$6,013 (USA) (26 May 2006)

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1.85 : 1
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The word 'fuck' is used 116 times. See more »


When Sonny, Soz and Herbie set off up the stairs with weapons to check for Richard's presence, they get to the top of the stairs in a different order than they started. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

Before the credits roll, the film is dedicated to the memory of Paddy Considine's father. See more »


References Enter the Dragon (1973) See more »


Ritual Road Map
Written by J. Burns and J. Convertino
Performed by Calexico
With kind permission of Quarterstick Records
Licensed by Bug Music Limited on behalf of Good Clean Dirt and Lunada Bay
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one of the best British films of the last decade!
11 October 2004 | by (Manchester) – See all my reviews

I was starting to give up on British films. They all seem to be too considered, too focus grouped, too controlled by the marketing mafia. So it was so very refreshing to see a movie that has the inspired spontaneity so common in Japanese cinema, but with a very British story. Shane Meadows uses characters from his own past as source material, and co-writer Paddy Considine (Richard) based part of the story on family history, so we have a film that has authentic characters and authentic, semi-improvised dialogue. The revenge thriller format has never seemed more sophisticated. Richard's calculated derangement is balanced by the thuggish banality displayed by his targets, whose crimes initially seem more like misdemeanors until the last act. This movie is well paced, laugh out loud funny, and darkly menacing as it proceeds inexorably to its grim conclusion. If only more British films were like this, we might even have a film industry. It shows that the only way to make good films in the UK is to do it behind the studio's backs!

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