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Toby Stephens ... Harris

Claudie Blakley ... Jill

Andy Nyman ... Gordon

Babou Ceesay ... Billy

Tim McInnerny ... Richard

Laura Harris ... Maggie

Danny Dyer ... Steve
David Gilliam ... George
Juli Drajkó ... Olga

Judit Viktor ... Nadia
Sándor Boros ... Coach Driver
Levente Törköly ... Lodge Killer
János Oláh ... Flamethrower Killer
Attila Ferencz ... Head-squish Killer
Bela Kasi ... Headbutt Killer
Roland Kollárszky ... Knife-in-butt Killer
Péter Katona ... Stone Thrower Killer
Levente Lezsák ... Landmine Killer
Nick Greenall ... Big Gun Killer
Matthew Baker ... Nose-feratu (as Matt Baker)
Steve Dawson ... Guard 1 in Harris' Story
John Frankish ... Doctor John 'Victor' Frankish in Jill's Story
Johnnie Schinas ... Long-Haired Girl in Richard's Dream
Leon MacPherson ... Corporate Video Palisade Worker
Arnold Zarom ... Corporate Video Palisade Worker
Laura Bushell ... Corporate Video Office Blonde
John Cole ... Corporate Video Office Blonde
Murray Golding ... Corporate Video Office Blonde
Jamie Higgins ... Corporate Video Office Blonde
Nerys Martin ... Corporate Video Office Blonde
Stephanie Ratcliff ... Corporate Video Office Blonde
Cindi Svensson ... Corporate Video Office Blonde
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Craig Hudson ... Coachman (uncredited)

Directed by
Christopher Smith 
Writing credits
James Moran (screenplay) and
Christopher Smith (screenplay)

James Moran (story)

Produced by
Alexandra Arlango .... co-producer
Steve Christian .... executive producer
Finola Dwyer .... producer: Qwerty Films
Andrew Hildebrand .... co-producer: Qwerty Films
Michael Kuhn .... executive producer
Jason Newmark .... producer
Malcolm Ritchie .... co-executive producer
Rosa Romero .... line producer
Jill Tandy .... co-executive producer
Colleen Woodcock .... co-producer: Qwerty Films
Mark Woolley .... co-producer: Qwerty Films
Original Music by
Christian Henson 
Cinematography by
Ed Wild 
Film Editing by
Stuart Gazzard 
Casting by
William Davies 
Gail Stevens 
Production Design by
John Frankish 
Set Decoration by
Zsuzsa Mihalek (set decorator: Hungary)
Costume Design by
Steven Noble  (as Stephen Noble)
Steven Noble 
Makeup Department
Noémi Czakó .... dailies makeup artist: Hungary (as Noemi Czako)
Richard Darwin .... makeup effects supervisor
Claire Folkard .... makeup effects crew
Neill Gorton .... makeup effects designer
Lotta Haggqvist .... makeup effects crew (as Lotta Haggkvist)
Martina Hawkins .... makeup effects crew
Ely Jim .... dailies makeup artist: London
Judit Jánosi .... dailies makeup artist: Hungary
Jánosné Kajtár .... dailies makeup artist: Hungary (as Kajtár Jánosne Bogyó)
Matthew O'Toole .... makeup effects supervisor (as Matt O'Toole)
Jan Sewell .... hair designer
Jan Sewell .... makeup designer
Lesley Smith .... hair stylist
Lesley Smith .... makeup artist
Anna Tesner .... makeup artist
Lauren Wellman .... makeup effects crew
Keith Wilson .... makeup effects crew
Production Management
Ferenc Béres .... production manager: Hungary
Richard Lloyd .... post-production supervisor
Cass Marks .... production manager: Isle of Man
Sarah Shepherd .... unit manager: Isle of Man
László Sipos .... production supervisor: Hungary
Gábor Ujházy .... production manager: Hungary (as Újházy Gábor)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Baker .... first assistant director
Matthew Baker .... second assistant director (as Matt Baker)
Melanie Dicks .... first assistant director
Kerric Macdonald .... second unit director
Dénes Sajgál .... third assistant director
Andrea Slater .... second assistant director
Art Department
Nurey Al-Kahzrajie .... stand-by props: Isle of Man (as Nurey Alkahzrajie)
Tihamér Antal .... construction stand-by: Hungary
Sally Black .... art department buyer: Isle of Man
György Bátonyi .... assistant art director: Hungary
Richard Campling .... storyboard artist
Bob Charlton .... carpenter: Isle of Man
Caroline Cobbold .... art director: Isle of Man
Lisa Collins .... painter: Isle of Man
Steve Dawson .... stand-by carpenter: Isle of Man
Csaba Drótos .... construction stand-by: Hungary
James Fennessy .... painter: Isle of Man
Jonathan Foster .... carpenter
Jonathan Foster .... carpenter: Isle of Man
Tibor Sziki Gál .... props: Hungary (as Tibor Gál)
Gyula Herjeczki .... construction manager: Hungary
Meike Maher .... graphic artist: Isle of Man
Louise Marzaroli .... supervising art director: Hungary
Dan Maslen .... storyboard artist
Spencer Mead .... prop master: Isle of Man
Zsuzsa Mihalek .... set decorator: Hungary
Jim Mulvany .... carpenter: Isle of Man
László Németh .... construction stand-by: Hungary
Edward Oldham .... dailies props: Isle of Man
Susan Ross .... painter: Isle of Man
Piroska Szabady .... art director: Hungary
Zoltán Szabó .... assistant set decorator: Hungary
Lucinda Thomson .... art director: Isle of Man
John Thorpe .... construction manager: Isle of Man
Béla Tollay .... swing gang
István Tímár .... props: Hungary
Zoltán Tóth .... assistant construction manager: Hungary
Sound Department
John Lewis Aschenbrenner .... sound maintenance (as John Lewis)
Nick Baldock .... sound effects editor
Peter Baldock .... supervising sound editor
Antony Telfer Brown .... assistant sound editor
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Paul Cotterell .... adr recordist: London
Paul Cotterell .... sound re-recording mixer
Rick Dunford .... dialogue editor (as Richard Dunford)
Michael Feinberg .... adr editor
Michael Feinberg .... foley editor
Adele Fletcher .... assistant sound editor
Joan Giammarco .... adr editor: Los Angeles
Sean Hannah .... assistant adr recordist
Sean Hannah .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Sue Harding .... foley artist
Joe Henson .... sound designer
Alexandros Sidiropoulos .... foley recordist
Michael Spencer .... sound
Ben Carr .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Paul Clayton .... special effects: Isle of Man
Richard Darwin .... animatronic model designer
József Gerencsér .... special effects supervisor: Hungary
Adam Hollow .... special effects: Isle of Man
Bob Hollow .... special effects: Isle of Man
Sándor Katona .... pyrotechnician
Mark McKendry .... special effects: Isle of Man
Csaba Torok .... pyrotechnician
Attila Török .... pyrotechnician
Ferenc Török .... key pyrotechnician
Attila Vásári .... pyrotechnician
Mark Woolley .... armourer
Visual Effects by
Simon Allmark .... visual effects editor: Men From Mars
Phil Attfield .... visual effects supervisor
Paul Beard .... visual effects line producer: Men from Mars
Tamsin Blanchard .... visual effects producer
Lee Clappison .... assistant colourist
James Clarke .... visual effects
Stefan Drury .... visual effects producer: LipSync Post
William Foxwell .... digital lab operator: Lip Sync Post (as Will Foxwell)
Simon Frame .... visual effects supervisor
Scott Goulding .... digital lab operator
Andy Greethan .... graphic artist: Men from Mars (as Andy Greetham)
Katja Hollmann .... associate producer: Lipsync Post (as Katja Lazare)
Rhodri James .... system engineer
Isaac Layish .... digital effects artist
Alasdair MacCuish .... senior producer: Lipsync Post
Tom Pegg .... digital effects artist
Daniel Tomlinson .... digital lab operator
Howard Watkins .... visual effects supervisor: LipSync Post
Angela Stanley .... visual effects (uncredited)
Kata Gellen .... stunt double
László Imre .... stunt double (as Laszlo Imre)
Bela Kasi .... assistant stunt coordinator
Péter Katona .... stunts
Erzsébet Szloboda .... stunt double
Béla Unger .... stunt coordinator
Sándor Boros .... stunt actor (uncredited)
Sándor Boros .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Roland Kollárszky .... stunts (uncredited)
Levente Lezsák .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gyula Balogh .... dailies spark: Hungary
Gyula Balogh .... electrician
Csaba Bankhardt .... key grip
Barny Crocker .... second assistant camera
István Csehy .... electrician: Isle of Man (as István Csehi)
John Devine .... dailies spark: Isle of Man
Charlie Dillion .... dailies rigger: Isle of Man (as Charlie Dillon)
Zsolt Fehér .... focus puller: "b" camera
Steve Foster .... dailies electrician: Isle of Man
Matt Fox .... focus puller: "a" camera
Dávid Gerencsér .... unit base technician: Hungary
Károly Gál .... best boy (as Károly Gaál)
Gergely Hajba .... video assistant
David Harrison .... dailies rigger: London
Rupert Hornstein .... dailies focus puller: Isle of Man (as Rupert Horstein)
Róbert Horváth .... unit base technician: Hungary
Miklós Izsó .... unit base technician: Hungary
Zsolt Jámbor .... grip: Hungary
Tamás Krausz .... electrician
Rick Loughlin .... dailies spark: Isle of Man (as Rick Loghlin)
Gavin MacArthur .... assistant camera: "a" camera
Gábor Marczi .... unit base technician: Hungary
Miklós Molnár .... electrician: Isle of Man
Tamás Nyerges .... Steadicam operator (as Tamás P. Nyerges)
Tamás Nyerges .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Tamás P. Nyerges)
Tim O'Connor .... dailies electrician: London
Tomas Rozler .... genny operator: Hungary (as Tomas Rözler)
Roland Safr .... generator operator
Richárd Szeidermann .... electrician: Hungary (as Richard Szeiderman)
József Szücs .... dailies spark: Hungary (as Jozsef Szücs)
Rudolf Takács .... gaffer
Dániel Tóth .... electrician
Karelle Walker .... dailies camera assistant: London
Nick Wall .... still photographer
Ádám Wallner .... assistant camera: "b" camera, Hungary
Frankie Webster .... dailies rigger: London
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Tamás Kertész .... extras casting
Bev Lawley .... extras casting
David Wheal .... casting assistant
Linda Zsombolyay .... casting: Hungary (as Linda Zsombolyai)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melinda Domán .... dresser
Anikó Fazekas .... dailies costume: Hungary
Mari Havasi .... dailies costume: Hungary
Laura Johnson .... assistant costume designer
Jessica Scott-Reed .... textile artist
Nat Turner .... costume assistant: London
Joanna Weaving .... costume breakdown (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Laura Bushell .... post-production secretary
Lee Clappison .... assistant colourist
Stuart Fyvie .... digital colorist
Nick Greenall .... first assistant editor
Lisa Jordan .... facility director: LipSync Post
Patty Papageorgiou .... post-production coordinator
Kevin Phelan .... head of post-production: Lip Sync Post
Music Department
Chris Barrett .... score assistant
Matt Biffa .... music supervisor
Adam Evans .... musician: guitar, mandolin, banjo and ukulele
Olga FitzRoy .... score assistant (as Olga Fitzroy)
Christian Henson .... music programmer
Christian Henson .... music sound designer: percussion
Christian Henson .... orchestrator
Joe Henson .... music programmer
Seanine Joyce .... orchestrator
Seanine Joyce .... score preparation
Gabor Knisch .... music consultant: Hungary
Hilary Skewes .... musician contractor
Nick Taylor .... score assistant
Richard Todman .... music editor
Nick Wollage .... music recordist
Nick Wollage .... score mixer
Alison Wright .... music supervisor: Air-Edel
Transportation Department
Zsoit Borostyán .... unit driver: Hungary (as Zsolt Borostyán)
Ferenc Béres .... transportation captain
David Callister .... unit driver: Isle of Man
Malcolm Corlett .... head driver: Isle of Man
Ken Crellin .... unit driver: Isle of Man
László Dárdai .... unit driver: Hungary
József Hernádi .... unit driver: Hungary
Wayne Moran .... special effects driver: Isle of Man
Henrik Szabó .... motorhome keeper: Hungary
Béla Takács .... unit driver: Hungary
Marc Turner .... special effects driver: Isle of Man
Brian Wilson .... unit driver: Isle of Man
Craig Hudson .... driver: coach (uncredited)
Other crew
Eva Badacsonyi .... floor runner (as Éva Badacsonyi)
Gabriella Bathó .... translator: Hungary (as Gabriella Batho)
Ritchie Beacham-Paterson .... producer: LipSync Post
Michelle Brereton .... production runner: Isle of Man
Mark Burfield .... caterer: Isle of Man
Kofi Burke .... production accountant: Qwerty Films
Laura Bushell .... production secretary
Ferenc Béres .... location manager
Warren Clark .... set security
James Clarke .... digital laboratory supervisor
Ágota Csuka .... production secretary: Hungary
Cosmo Currey .... runner
Annalise Davis .... assistant to producer
Béla Dévényi .... catering manager: Hungary (as Koko Dévényi)
Peter Eardley .... assistant production accountant
Geraldine East .... legal services
David Flynn .... caterer: Isle of Man
József Gerencsér .... key technician
Steve Gibson .... head of facilities: Isle of Man
Zsófi Gonda .... floor runner (as Zsófia Gonda)
Mark Herbert .... title designer
Márk Herjeczki .... floor runner: Hungary (as Márk Herjeckzy)
Michael Howard .... caterer: Isle of Man
Michael Howes .... animal handler: London
Josh Hyams .... production coordinator
Clare Jarboe .... production assistant
Gary Jenkins .... head of facilities: Isle of Man
Carol Jones .... animal handler: Isle of Man
Krisztina Kelemen .... script supervisor
Ildiko Kemeny .... production associate (as Ildikó Kemény)
Balázs Kovács .... extras coordinator
Bendegúz Körmöczi .... animal handler: Hungary
Imre Légmán .... assistant location manager: Hungary
Emilie Maison .... press attache france
Gyula Molnár .... location scout: Hungary
Zsuzsa Mráv .... caterer: Hungary
Keeley Naylor .... unit publicist
William Prouty .... assistant to director and producer
Joel Quinn .... runner: London
Mike Reaney .... production assistant: Isle of Man (as Michael Reaney)
Trevor Smith .... animal handler: Isle of Man
Maxine Stanley .... post-production accountant
Trevor Stanley .... production accountant
Kerry Stringer .... location assistant: Isle of Man
Sian Sutherland .... location manager: Isle of Man
Richard Szabó .... security HOD
Niall Trask .... runner
Jószef Vigh .... caterer: Hungary
Megan Ward .... production assistant
Toth Zsuzsa .... production coordinator: Hungary (as Zsuzana Tóth)
Gero Brugmann .... legal advisor: financing (uncredited)
Katie Kubert .... pre-production intern (uncredited)
Craig Fackrell .... special thanks
Jonathan Newman .... thanks

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, language, drug content and some sexuality/nudity
96 min | Canada:90 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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The logo for Palisades Defence - more or less a square with one corner missing - is a sly hint at the company's way of doing business: by "cutting corners".See more »
Continuity: When everyone gets off the coach after it stops at the fallen tree, dark vehicle tracks have appeared in front of the coach which weren't there in previous shots.See more »
Gordon:[after he's lost half his leg and been in a bus crash] I think I've broken my armSee more »
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74 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
Not really any spoilers to worry about. Severance is both fun and gruesome!, 26 August 2006
Author: Youkilledmypine from United Kingdom

For the better part of a decade every British comedy or romance was hailed as 'The funniest film since Four Weddings and a Funeral'. Although there are many Brit films made in any year worth a look, only one will truly be mass marketed and labelled as our best export. With Four Weddings' a distant memory, anything remotely amusing or linked with horror is now wrongly compared to Shaun of the Dead (or possibly Dog Soldiers). Poster quotes and lazy comparisons aside, it's nice surprise that for a horror comedy, Severance isn't actually half bad at all.

The plot is nice and simple. A (predominantly English) sales division working for a multinational weapons corporation are sent on a team building exercise in Hungary only to find themselves stuck in a dense forest where they are being hunted by a merciless European gang.

While Severance doesn't do anything particularly wrong, there are of course a couple of faults. Any work environment has to have some pretty unlikeable characters so it's unavoidable to feel less sorry for some when the killings start. Toby Stephens is undoubtedly one of the finest actors around, but he's yet to play a role in a successful film that really does him justice. Utterly capable and ever reliable Tim McInnerny (of legendary Blackadder fame) is amiable enough, but it's Danny Dyer that gets most of the punchy one-liners as the part-druggie, part-chav cheeky chappie he's grown accustomed to playing. Thankfully, cute Laura Harris hasn't been cast as the 'is she or isn't she the villain all along?' as it's really time she ditched that and moved on.

The two distinct genres don't always make for a happy marriage and eventually the tone shifts over to deadpan. At least one line is stolen from elsewhere but there's a couple of shots that felt like homages rather than plagiarism. There's more than enough laughs and nasty moments to fill both audience preferences. The fast pace means Severance doesn't risk outstaying a welcome, the special effects team did a great job and the camera work is suitably snappy. The only real risk is hype as anyone expecting anything other than a night out with a few grim moments and some genuine belly laughs will leave wondering what the fuss is about. Try to avoid thinking about where these guys took their inspiration from too as that wouldn't do anyone any good either. A solid 3 star experience that hopefully has some extra bits come home-entertainment time.

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