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44 Inch Chest --  	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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Writers (WGA):
Louis Mellis (written by) &
David Scinto (written by)
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Louis Mellis to write 'Princess' Gangster'
 (From The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News. 31 January 2010, 4:00 AM, PST)

The Notable Films of 2010: Part Five
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Ray Winstone ... Colin Diamond

Ian McShane ... Meredith

John Hurt ... Old Man Peanut

Tom Wilkinson ... Archie

Stephen Dillane ... Mal

Joanne Whalley ... Liz Diamond

Melvil Poupaud ... Loverboy

Steven Berkoff ... Tippi Gordon
Edna Doré ... Archie's Mum

Andy de la Tour ... Biggy Walpole

Derek Lea ... Bumface
Ramon Christian ... Boy on Sofa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dave Legeno ... Brighton Billy (uncredited)

Directed by
Malcolm Venville 
Writing credits
Louis Mellis (written by) &
David Scinto (written by)

Produced by
Paul Brett .... executive producer
Glenn Brown .... executive producer
Richard Brown .... producer
Stuart Ford .... executive producer
Steve Golin .... producer
Paul Green .... executive producer
Peter Heslop .... co-producer
Peter Heslop .... line producer
Ian McShane .... executive producer
Louis Mellis .... executive producer
Dave Morrison .... executive producer
David Scinto .... executive producer
Tim Smith .... executive producer
Ray Winstone .... executive producer
Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti 
Cinematography by
Daniel Landin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Rick Russell 
Casting by
Gary Davy 
Production Design by
John Stevenson 
Art Direction by
Nick Gottschalk 
Set Decoration by
Gemma Ryan 
Costume Design by
Caroline Harris 
Makeup Department
Louise Coles .... hair / makeup assistant
Nathaniel De'Lineadeus .... dental FX design and manufacture
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician
Frances Hannon .... hair designer
Frances Hannon .... makeup designer
Belinda Parish .... key hair & makeup
Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore .... contact lens technician
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth (uncredited)
Production Management
Mark Harris .... post-production supervisor
Bobby Prince .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Heidi Gower .... third assistant director
Martin Harrison .... first assistant director
Chris Stoaling .... second assistant director
Art Department
Grace Brook .... stand-by art director
Tristan Carlisle-Kitz .... chargehand stand-by props
Sophia Chowdhury .... production buyer
Peter Fentem .... property master
Claire Fleming .... art department assistant
Pip Fox .... stand-by propman
Berkan Halil .... artist
Justin Hayzelden .... dressing props
Loretta Lipworth .... art department trainee
Daryn McLaughlan .... assistant art director
Steven Morris .... props
Nick Pelham .... storyboard artist
Scott Rogers .... props
Tom Walker .... carpenter
Paul Couch .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Antony Bayman .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Orin Beaton .... boom operator
Ed Colyer .... adr recordist
Michael Fentum .... sound effects editor
Samir Foco .... dialogue editor
Glen Gathard .... assistant adr recordist
Dominic Gibbs .... sound effects editor
Nick Gillett .... sound assistant
Ishmael Harris .... trainee sound assistant
Alistair Hawkins .... assistant sound editor
James Mather .... supervising sound editor
Ian Sands .... sound mixer (second unit)
Chris Sturmer .... dolby sound consultant
Kevin Tayler .... adr recordist
Mark Taylor .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Ben Broadbridge .... special effects technician
Anne Marie Walters .... senior special effects technician
Alistair Williams .... special effects technician
Bryan Stanislas .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Alex Bicknell .... visual effects consultant
Paddy Eason .... visual effects supervisor
David Emeny .... digital compositor
Marie Fernandes .... digital intermediate producer
Björn Fredriksson .... compositor
Timothy P. Jones .... digital film bureau
Alex Llewellyn .... digital compositor
Hugh Macdonald .... digital compositor: Stranger
John Palmer .... digital film bureau manager
Rob Pizzey .... digital colourist
Becky Roberts .... visual effects producer
Aurora Shannon .... digital intermediate assistant
Sally Spencer .... visual effects producer
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Barnes .... additional focus puller
Tim Battersby .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Kerry Brown .... still photographer
John Clarke .... electrician
Andy Cole .... rigging gaffer
John Colley .... gaffer
Sam Goldie .... first assistant camera: second unit
Demetri Jagger .... video assist operator: second unit
Lizzie Kelly .... video assist operator
Dash Lilley .... camera trainee
Gavin MacArthur .... second assistant camera: second unit
Tobias Marshall .... additional clapper loader
David McAnulty .... key grip
Paul Molloy .... electrician
Simon Muir .... grip trainee
Mike Parsons .... electrician
Sophie Wilson .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Casting Department
Victor Jenkins .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda O'Reilly .... set costumer
Marco Scotti .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Rob Farris .... digital intermediate producer
Rob Gordon .... digital film editor
Emily Greenwood .... digital film editor
Stephen Haren .... additional editor
Stephen Haren .... first assistant editor
Katura Jensen .... post-production coordinator
Angus Munro .... avid engineer
Laurent Treherne .... digital intermediate technical director
Location Management
David Broder .... location manager
Benjamin Carter .... location scout
Richard George .... assistant location manager
Hannah Lamb .... location assistant
Music Department
Jim Bruening .... score recordist
Daniel James Chan .... composer: additional music
Rupert Coulson .... score mixer
Phil Marshall .... composer: additional music
Gerard McCann .... music editor
William Pearson .... music recordist (as Bill Pearson)
Susan Stone .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Malcolm Cooper .... camera car driver
Mark Dilliway .... unit driver
Tony Jayes .... driver: John Hurt
Simon Jones .... transportation captain
Graeme Main .... driver
Brendan O'Gorman .... unit driver
Other crew
Lesley Broderick .... production accountant
Ethan Carter .... production staff
Sean Desmond .... security
Diana Dill .... script supervisor
Wayne Docksey .... animal consultant
Stephanie Dölker .... production coordinator
Catherine Golding .... assistant production coordinator
Jenny Hargreaves .... assistant to director
Charles Heaphy .... production financing
Natasha Hook .... unit nurse
Adrian Hubbard .... runner/stand in
Matthew Jenkins .... assistant coordinator
Marie-Louise Khondji .... assistant to producer
Hakan Kousetta .... production legal advisor
Tristan Law .... runner/stand in
Gareth Lewis .... floor runner
Liam Lock .... additional floor runner
Nicoletta Mani .... script supervisor: second unit dailies
Stacy Mann .... unit publicist
Nick Miller .... production legal services
Gabriel Olson .... assistant: director
Jeremy Pelzer .... managing director: studio
Eve Swannell .... production coordinator
James Swarbrick .... Commercial Director
Catherine Tyler .... assistant to producer
Piotr Walczak .... facilities manager (2009)
Laura Windows .... floor runner
Ryon Lane .... business affairs coordinator (uncredited)
John Hillcoat .... special thanks

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Rated R for pervasive strong language including sexual references, and some violence
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The word 'cunt' is used 48 timesSee more »
Old Man Peanut:I wouldn't give her the pickings out of my handkerchief.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Samson and Delilah (1949)See more »
Prelude from Samson and DelilahSee more »


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18 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Strangely anachronistic, 3 May 2010
Author: starvin4megravy from Australia

Well ... I've always joked to friends that I'd happily pay to watch Ray Winstone cooking beans on toast. He's perhaps best known here in Oz for the wonderful Vincent, but has been a real favourite for me since his early work.

However, if he'd got the saucepan and can-opener out at some stage in these proceedings, it could only have improved things.

The opening scene is compelling, with Winstone sprawled semi-conscious on the floor amidst the wreckage of a family living room. As if the poor fellow clearly hadn't suffered enough already (even if we aren't yet privy to the particulars of his situation), the almost-forgotten hideousness of Nilsson's Without You provides perfect background music.

Our hero's friends and family rally round in this time of crisis and there's some diverting argy-bargy (amid fantastic London locations) as our group of protagonists is assembled. This stage-setting phase of the movie concludes with the group's arrival at a grimy terraced house - I use that phrase intentionally because at this point the film effectively becomes a conventional play spread over two locations.

This terrific cast never exceeds or even equals the sum of its parts amid production values that call to mind BBC's Play For Today in the 70s and early 80s. RADA's likely advice from an earlier period for portraying cockneys also seems have been in play - drop yourself about 3 social classes and 50 IQ points and you'll be fine, love.

It's no mean feat to tell a fulfilling story within a bubble such as the one created here, and it doesn't really come off - we never learn enough about the relationships between the players or the context that surrounds some of the remarks that are made.

Yes, Winstone's character is supposed to be confused, I do understand that, but I don't believe the audience should be sharing in that affliction.

Stephen Dillane impresses but John Hurt's wasted here, and with his ill-fitting dentures (at least I ASSUME that's what they are ... ) he channels Phil Davis doing his best Albert Steptoe impersonation at one of Mike Leigh's Christmas parties.

The one lasting benefit for me is that I might just tone down my own bad language a little. They just don't stop in this film. Everyone knows that a well-deployed swear word can have massive impact but this dialogue is peppered with Anglo-Saxon to the point where it rapidly becomes not only meaningless but irritating.

I suspect I sounded a little like this at the footy the night before, and I can only promise my neighbours I'll try to be better in future ... if that works I'll tell my daughter she should seriously think about doing the same!

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