MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 950 this week

Johnny Was (2006)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  19 July 2006 (USA)
5.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.7/10 from 1,452 users  
Reviews: 39 user | 13 critic

Johnny Doyle escapes a violent past in Ireland to lie low in London, until his former mentor Flynn breaks out of Brixton Prison, hell bent on derailing the Irish peace process with a few ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 11 Nov 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 23 Nov 2011
 
a list of 840 titles
created 27 Jan 2013
 
a list of 749 titles
created 26 Mar 2013
 
a list of 49 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Johnny Was (2006)

Johnny Was (2006) on IMDb 5.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Johnny Was.
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mean Machine (2001)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A soccer star jailed for assault leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards.

Director: Barry Skolnick
Stars: Vinnie Jones, David Kelly, David Hemmings
Tooth (2004)
Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  

TOOTH tells the story of a young, feisty Tooth Fairy, who lives in a world called Fairytopia that has lost its ability to use magic. Fed up with the way most fairies have forgotten about ... See full summary »

Director: Edouard Nammour
Stars: Rory Copus, Sally Phillips, Tim Dutton
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A small-time con artist and a Hawaiian real estate developer's mischevious, enterprising mistress team up for a potential $200,000 score.

Director: George Armitage
Stars: Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Sinise
Smokin' Aces (2006)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.

Director: Joe Carnahan
Stars: Jeremy Piven, Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A low-ranking thug is entrusted by his crime boss to dispose of a gun that killed corrupt cops, but things get out of control when the gun ends up in wrong hands.

Director: Wayne Kramer
Stars: Paul Walker, Cameron Bright, Chazz Palminteri
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core.

Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris
16 Blocks (2006)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An aging cop is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a fast-talking witness from police custody to a courthouse. There are however forces at work trying to stop prevent them from making it.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse
Street Kings (2008)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An undercover cop, disillusioned by the recent murder of his wife, is implicated in the murder of an officer and must struggle to clear himself.

Director: David Ayer
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when protecting his family.

Director: James Wan
Stars: Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, Kelly Preston
Man on Fire (2004)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.

Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning
Miami Vice (2006)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Based on the 1980s TV action/drama, this update focuses on vice detectives Crockett and Tubbs as their respective personal and professional lives become dangerously intertwined.

Director: Michael Mann
Stars: Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Li Gong
Vantage Point (2008)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.

Director: Pete Travis
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Fox
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Ras
...
...
...
...
...
...
John Fashanu ...
Colin Stewart ...
Emma Little ...
Cafe Waitress (as Emma Lyttle)
Gerard Carlin ...
Edit

Storyline

Johnny Doyle escapes a violent past in Ireland to lie low in London, until his former mentor Flynn breaks out of Brixton Prison, hell bent on derailing the Irish peace process with a few well-placed bombs. Unable to escape Brixton, they are trapped together in Johnny's anything-but-safe safe house, sandwiched between a Rastafarian reggae pirate radio station upstairs and a West Indian 'Yardie' crack-dealing gangster, Julius, downstairs. As the charismatic Flynn finds common ground with the Yardies, Johnny fights to realize a peace process of his own, but makes the mistake of falling for Julius's girlfriend Rita, causing all-out war. A thriller in the vein of Lock Stock and The Long Good Friday, in which questions of race, morality, identity and loyalty play out against a great sound-track of reggae, rock, new wave and soul. Written by Anon

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

reggae | irish | gangster | rastafarian | greed | See more »

Taglines:

Stop running. Face the future.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 July 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Johnny Was  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,300,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Lennox Lewis spent his honeymoon in Belfast filming the movie less than a week after the wedding in Jamaica. See more »

Goofs

In the shootout scene with the police in chapter 10, the white police Vauxhall Vectra has the registration number ATM 874L, this is a 1972 registration and the car is clearly post 2000. See more »

Connections

References The Godfather: Part II (1974) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Screening at BAFTA London - really enjoyed it
24 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a complete surprise and what a great story. I went to the screening with a bunch of friends knowing virtually nothing about this other than the cast, which was very celeb-driven.

It looks like a little low key action movie, and in some ways it is, but the story, the quirky characters and the subject matter - about race, national identity and gangster morality - is much smarter than most of the britflicks of recent years. It is like a strange hybrid of Long Good Friday and dark almost comic-book B Movie, and the low key dialogue plays well against the violence in the background.

It completely pulled me in. Vinnie Jones had one foot in his usual hard-man act, but the other was as a much more thoughtful guy, running away from his past.

Patrick Bergin plays a larger than life veteran psycho and is responsible for most of the dark laughs. La Salle is great and the opposite of his old ER character. Talking with my friends afterwards, there was disagreement about Samantha Mumba the former pop singer. Some thought she was too low key, but I thought she played the character of a junkie gangsters girl very well. Everyone agreed that Vinnie and Lennox Lewis were the best performances. Old Rocker Roger Daltrey was also good in a smaller role.

Some of the action looked a bit wobbly, but London came out looking well, especially Brixton Market.

Our verdict: if you are looking for a big budget action movie, this isn't it. But if you are sick and tired of movies which are all flash and no substance, this one with its unusual settings and great characters that stay with you after the movie is over might be for you.


17 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Good Movie angescud-1
soundtrack release?? dubadas
Johnny Was wins audience award Rebelfest Toronto Film Fest strummerfan20
release date? condemned84oi
help with a song rodney_tx
Johnny Was Music andyb2525
Discuss Johnny Was (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page