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44 Inch Chest (2009)

R | | Crime, Drama | 15 January 2010 (UK)
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A jealous husband and his friends plot the kidnapping of his wife's lover with the intention of restoring his wounded ego.

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Colin is in agony, shattered by his wife's infidelity. However, he has friends who do more than stand by -- they kidnap the wife's French lover and hold him prisoner so that Colin can restore his manhood with revenge. A kangaroo court takes place and as the situation escalates Loverboy's life hangs in the balance as Colin wrestles with revenge, remorse, grief and self pity, all the while egged on by his motley crew of friends who just want him to get on with it so they can get down the pub. Written by Anonymous

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The Measure of Revenge

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive strong language including sexual references, and some violence | See all certifications »

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44 дюймa  »

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£152,171 (United Kingdom), 17 January 2010, Limited Release
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Ray Winstone and Sir John Hurt appeared in The Proposition (2005) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). See more »

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Meredith: What I choose to do with my nine-and-a-half has fuck all to do with you.
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Features Samson and Delilah (1949) See more »

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Without You
Written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans
Performed by Harry Nilsson
Published by Apple Publishing Ltd / WB Music Corp
Licensed courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Not a gangster movie but a film about what happens to a man when everything is taken from him.
13 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

If you are looking for a gangster film this ain't it. Perhaps this is why the poor reviews as a result of disappointed viewers expecting another 'Sexy Beast' or 'Reservoir Dogs'. This film is about marriage and what happens to a man on seeing everything he lives for fall apart.

The 'gangster' setting is a device that allows the issues and emotions to be addressed in their full harshness and the cast handle it extremely well. Colin Diamond (Winstone) displays how strength & purpose is gained from the marriage bond and how vulnerable it can leave you. This is very well contrasted by Merediths (McShane) refusal to be tied and how it leaves him invulnerable but also somehow inhuman. The other members of the gang also serve to reflect aspects of attachment to another person.

Ray Winstone gives the lead character violent/twisting/agonising emotional turmoil in the way that only he and DeNiro can do. If this was Winstones first film he could easily win awards, unfortunately for him the public has come to expect to see stuff like this from him. The other main actors also give excellent performances.

This film must be viewed in its own light, if you expect it to be a gangster film or a love story you will be disappointed. Take it as it is and it is well worth watching. It is certainly well written, acted and produced, and examines a subject familiar to most of us. However, it still only feels like a 'little' film and will not stay with me so I can only give it an 8.


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