MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 18,505 this week

The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael (2005)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  20 October 2006 (UK)
5.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.1/10 from 1,013 users  
Reviews: 57 user | 33 critic

(from the UK release DVD jacket) In a small English coastal town, three teenage boys are drawn into a world of temptation and violence... See full synopsis »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 07 Oct 2011
 
a list of 1232 titles
created 05 Oct 2012
 
a list of 874 titles
created 25 Mar 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael (2005)

The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael (2005) on IMDb 5.1/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Other Half II (2006)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

When English Mark surprises his American bride Holly with her dream honeymoon to Portugal she cant believe her luck. Mark goes to great trouble to organise everything for her. They arrive ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Nockles, Marlowe Fawcett
Stars: Danny Dyer, Gillian Kearney, Jonathan Broke
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Charlie is a London youngster who,with his friends,indulges in streaking and petty crime. However he aspires to better himself though his reckless friend Justin ruins his chances of working... See full summary »

Director: Nick Love
Stars: Paul Nicholls, Roland Manookian, Phil Daniels
Borstal Boy (2000)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Irish writer and political activist Brendan Behan, is befriended as a teenager in a British labor camp by a liberal warden.

Director: Peter Sheridan
Stars: Shawn Hatosy, Danny Dyer, Eamon Glancy
City Rats (2009)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Eight lost souls search for solutions to problems ranging from finding a better suicide method, to defeating creative block, to losing their virginity.

Director: Steve Kelly
Stars: Tamer Hassan, Ray Panthaki, Susan Lynch
Jeremy (1973)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Shy cellist boy meets upperclassman ballet dancing girl at school. They experience first-time love, then happenstance pulls them apart.

Director: Arthur Barron
Stars: Robby Benson, Glynnis O'Connor, Len Bari
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Lou Andreas Sand, a once famous model, recalls her past as she tries to make success in the modeling world of New York, her stressfull workdays, her affair with Mark, an advertising ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Schatzberg
Stars: Faye Dunaway, Barry Primus, Viveca Lindfors
Malpertuis (1971)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Malpertuis is a labyrinth where characters issued from the Greek mythology are made prisoners by Cassavius. He manages to keep them (as well as his nephew and niece) as prisoners even after... See full summary »

Director: Harry Kümel
Stars: Orson Welles, Susan Hampshire, Michel Bouquet
Hotel (2004)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

When Irene gets a job as a hotel maid she soon finds out that the previous girl disappeared in mysterious circumstances.

Director: Jessica Hausner
Stars: Franziska Weisz, Birgit Minichmayr, Marlene Streeruwitz
The Business (2005)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Set in the Thatcher era with the cool sounds of the 80's, THE BUSINESS is an action packed gangster flick set in Spain's sun drenched Costa Del crime. Frankie (Danny Dyer), is on the run ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Love
Stars: Danny Dyer, Tamer Hassan, Geoff Bell
Basement (2010)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.3/10 X  

Six friends are lured to an underground basement for a sinister experiment, will they escape, but most importantly will they live or die?

Director: Asham Kamboj
Stars: Danny Dyer, Jimi Mistry, Kierston Wareing
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Marilyne Canto
Stars: Marilyne Canto, Antoine Chappey, Samson Dajczman
Rocker (TV Movie 1972)
Drama | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In Hamburg, a rocker biker gang helps a kid avenge his brother who was murdered by a rival gang, a mortal enemy of rocker gangs.

Director: Klaus Lemke
Stars: Hans-Jürgen Modschiedler, Gerd Kruskopf, Michael-Thomas Krannich
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Nikki Albon ...
Newsreader
Zoey Campbell ...
Charlotte
...
Siobhan
Phil Deguara ...
PC Gibbons
...
Rose Franklin
Rob Dixon ...
John Kramer
...
Larry Haydn
Sam Gurney ...
Toby
Michael Howe ...
Jonathan Abbott
Ami Instone ...
Marie
Stuart Laing ...
Stuart Reeves
Mick Larkin ...
Roy Kingsley
...
Sarah Carmichael
Corinna McFarlane ...
Student Teacher
Charles Mnene ...
Ben
Edit

Storyline

(from the UK release DVD jacket) In a small English coastal town, three teenage boys are drawn into a world of temptation and violence... See full synopsis »

Add Full Plot | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 October 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Delinquentes  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Concerto In E Minor For Violoncello and Orchestra
Written by Edward Elgar
Performed by Royal Scottish National Orchestra
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Unshockable audiences are not impressed
24 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am always wary of taking too instant a dislike to a film. Look at it a month later and you might see it differently, or dig it up after 50 years in a different continent and some cult followers find something stylistically remarkable that went unnoticed at first. After sitting through The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael at its UK premiere, it came as no surprise to me that I found the question and answer session afterwards more interesting than the film itself. Shane Danielsen (Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival), aided by the film's director and producer, gave a spirited defence of a movie than received an overall negative response from the audience. Edinburgh Festival audiences are not easily shocked. Only one person walked out in disgust. The criticisms of the film included very articulate and constructive ones from the lay public as well as an actor and a woman who teaches M.A. film directors. This was not an overly 'shocking' film. There was a degree of uninterrupted sexual violence, but far less extreme than many movies (most actual weapon contact was obscured, as were aroused genitals). The audience disliked it because they had sat through two hours that were quite boring, where the acting standards were not high, where the plot was poor, predictable and drawn out, and where they had been subjected to clumsy and pretentious film-making on the promise of a controversial movie. Metaphors to the war in Iraq are contrived, over-emphasised and sloppy (apart from a general allusion to violence, any deeper meaning is unclear); and the 'fig-leaf' reference Marquis de Sade, as one audience member put it, seems a mere tokenistic excuse for lack of plot development towards the finale.

We have the story of an adolescent who has a certain amount going for him (he stands out at school for his musical ability) but takes drugs and hangs out with youths who have little or nothing going for them and whose criminal activities extend to rape and violence. When pushed, Robert seems to have a lot of violence locked inside him.

The film is not entirely without merit. The audience is left to decide how Robert got that way: was it the influence of his peers? Why did all the good influences and concern from parents and teachers not manage to include him in a better approach to life? Cinematically, there is a carefully-montaged scene where he hangs back (whether through too much drugs, shyness, a latent sense of morality or just waiting his turn?). Several of his friends are raping a woman in a back room, partly glimpsed and framed in the centre of the screen. In the foreground of the bare bones flat, a DJ is more concerned that the girl's screams interrupt his happy house music than with any thought for the woman. Ultimately he is a bit annoyed if their activities attract police attention. The stark juxtaposition of serious headphones enjoyment of his music even when he knows a rape is going on points up his utter disdain in a deeply unsettling way. Robert slumps with his back to us in the foreground.

But the rest of the film, including its supposedly controversial climax involving considerable (if not overly realistic) sexual violence, is not up to this standard. Some people have had a strong reaction to it (the filmmakers' stated intention: "If they vomit, we have succeeded in producing a reaction") but mostly - and as far as I can tell the Edinburgh reaction seems to mirror reports from Cannes - they feel, "Why have programmers subjected us to such inferior quality film-making?" Director Clay Hugh can talk the talk but has not developed artistic vision. His replies about holding up a mirror to life to tell the truth about things that are swept under the carpet, even his defence that there is little plot development because he didn't want to do a standard Hollywood movie - all are good answers to criticisms, but unfortunately they do not apply to his film, any more than they do to holding up a mirror while someone defecates, or wastes film while playing ineptly with symbols. Wanting to try and give him the benefit of any lingering doubt, I spoke to him for a few minutes after the screening, but I found him as distasteful as his movie and soon moved to the bar to wash my mouth out with something more substantial. There are many truths. One aspect of art is to educate, another to entertain, another to inspire. I had asked him if he had any social or political agenda and he mentions Ken Loach (one of the many great names he takes in vain) without going so far as to admit any agenda himself. He then falls back on his mantra about his job being to tell the truth. I am left with the feeling that this was an overambitious project for a new director, or else a disingenuous attempt to put himself on the map by courting publicity for second rate work

Andy Warhol could paint a tin of soup and it was art. Clay Hugh would like to emulate the great directors that have made controversial cinema and pushed boundaries. Sadly, his ability at the moment only extends to making high-sounding excuses for a publicity-seeking film.


56 of 72 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Derivative. Clumsy. Pointless. mynameisgonzo
start a campaign to boycott this film lilysum7
The worst British film you have seen? lilysum7
Some pasted notes on why this is an incredible film bapeman-1
Good or just sick movie? Zaduzai
the 'this film is a pile of wank' petition johnshammas

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?