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25 April 2008 (Ireland) See more »
A comedy about how far you would go to change your life.
A comedy about ordinary people with unique dilemmas. How far will they go? Will the cocktail of desperation, friendship, loneliness, love and even a brush with cannibalism derail their intent? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Mackenzie Crook ... Paul Callow

Colm Meaney ... Tommy Cassidy

Sharon Duncan-Brewster ... Yvonne

Imelda Staunton ... Rosemary Cassidy

Antony Sher ... Maurice (as Sir Antony Sher)

Gary Lewis ... Callaghan

Annette Badland ... Maureen
Dean Kelly ... Duty Constable
Frank Dunne ... Danny Fitzpatrick

Kerry Katona ... Mary Loughlin
Steve Money ... Muscles

Rhashan Stone ... Ash

Gemma Arterton ... Frankie Cassidy

Mark Benton ... Vic
Rob Witcomb ... Frankie's Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Emma Barnett ... Suzie (uncredited)

Stefan D'Bart ... Book Shop Man (uncredited)

Eamonn Holmes ... TV Newsreader (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan Gershfield 
Writing credits
Steve Lewis (written by) &
Tony Owen (written by)

Produced by
Aaron Gershfield .... executive producer
Wayne Marc Godfrey .... producer (as Wayne Godfrey)
Mark Gottlieb .... associate producer
Ian Harries .... producer
Tim Johnson .... associate producer
Paul Sarony .... line producer
Gordon Synn .... associate producer
Original Music by
Trevor Jones 
Cinematography by
Richard Greatrex 
Film Editing by
Jon Gregory 
Casting by
John Hubbard 
Ros Hubbard 
Production Design by
Amanda McArthur 
Art Direction by
Robert Haynes 
John Reid 
Costume Design by
Annie Hardinge 
Makeup Department
Lou Burton .... makeup designer
Carolyn Cousins .... key makeup artist
Florence May Carter .... makeup artist
Production Management
Alison Banks .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jo Lea .... first assistant director
Lisa Marsh .... second assistant director
Dominique Wedge .... third assistant director
Art Department
Peter Fentem .... property master
Bridget Menzies .... set dresser
Dan Milton .... props
Daniel Milton .... props
Steve Morris .... props
Steven Morris .... dressing props
Pete Steward .... construction manager
Chris Ulusele .... stand-by prop
Sound Department
Sándor Balla .... production sound assistant
Steve Browell .... sound editor
Alistair Crocker .... production sound mixer
Tony Currie .... supervising sound editor
Nick Foley .... adr mixer
Frederic Gibert .... audio post supervisor
George Hapig .... foley artist
James Harbour .... sound maintenance
Hugo Jeffreys .... adr recordist
Richard Lewis .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Mayer .... sound designer
Adrian Rhodes .... sound re-recording mixer
Johnathan Rush .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Chris Sturmer .... sound consultant: dolby
Carrie Giunta .... sound editor (uncredited)
Chris Gurney .... daily boom operator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
William Chetwynd .... digital compositor
Lauren Knowlton-Parry .... line producer: vfx (as Beanie Knowlton-Parry)
Dolores McGinley .... digital effects artist
Chris Mortimer .... visual effects supervisor
Iain Read .... digital compositor
Simon Rowe .... compositor
Yolanda Rubio .... digital compositor
Lee Bagley .... stunt rigger
Lee Bagley .... stunts
Paul Kulik .... stunt performer
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
John Dimond .... best boy spark
Camilla Drennan .... additional clapper loader
Warwick Drucker .... key grip
Peter Goddard .... gaffer
Jamie Hunt .... electrician
Mark Joiner .... electrician
Mary Kyte .... first assistant camera
Philip Martin .... camera trainee
Tom McFarling .... second assistant camera
Vince McGahon .... Steadicam operator
Vince McGahon .... camera operator
John Rhymer .... key rigger
Kim Seber .... first assistant camera
Simon Surtees .... second assistant camera
Bradley Wilson .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Trudy Mitchison .... wardrobe supervisor
Holly Smart .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Chris Andrews .... negative cutter
Kerri Aungle .... negative cutter
Jo Dixon .... associate editor (as Jo-Anne Dixon)
Gwyn Evans .... colorist
Alex Gascoigne .... digital intermediate data manager
Laura Jennings .... second assistant editor
Sabine McDonald .... negative cutter
James Osborne .... on-line editor
Natalie Silver .... data scanner
Kelly Smith .... negative cutter
Music Department
John Barrett .... assistant recording engineer
Ian Neil .... music consultant
Dashiell Rae .... music editor
Neil Stemp .... score programmer
Transportation Department
Jim Atkins .... unit driver
John Hayres .... facility driver
Kevin Jones .... facility driver
Aidan Keating .... unit driver
Phil Richman .... transportation coordinator
Ian Westwell .... facility driver
Ian Wotherspoon .... unit driver
Other crew
Sue Bellarby .... assistant location manager: lake district
Anwen Bull .... script supervisor
Adam Cocker .... assistant production coordinator
Flora Cook .... nurse
Michael Delwiche .... floor runner
Jim Edgar .... location assistant: lake district
Liane Gillett .... script editor
Claire Harrison .... assistant accountant
Elaine Harrison .... production accountant
Steve Mortimore .... location manager
Kathyrn Segesser .... location assistant
Asha Sharma .... assistant location manager
Joss Spry .... stand-in
Mandy Todd .... production coordinator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Three and Out" - UK (original title)
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Rated R for pervasive language and some sexual content
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Germany:16 | Ireland:15A | New Zealand:R16 | UK:15 (cinema rating) | USA:R (certificate #46253)

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The car that Tommy Cassidy rents has the number plate: 430 TUO, a reference to the title of the film. (TUO = OUT)See more »
Crew or equipment visible: In the scene in Paul's apartment after he and Tommy have come back from the Lake District, you can clearly see a camera man in the mirror.See more »
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20 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Hilarious and compelling character drama., 3 May 2008
Author: Jamie Ward from United Kingdom

'Three and Out', a film largely based around a character wanting to kill himself, is in all its irony, genuinely heartfelt, compelling and utterly hilarious as both a dark comedy and a solid character drama. There is no denying that this is not going to be for everyone, as the entire experience could be just as depressing to some as it could be amusing to others, but that's what makes it so interesting and refreshing. Furthermore, despite the film's grim premise I was pleasantly surprised that much of it is done in a tactful and tasteful manner, taking time to develop plot and character substantially enough to transform the otherwise quirky gimmick into a solid piece of character drama that never lets down. Sure enough this is by no means a perfect picture yet it certainly deserves a lot more praise than it has so far garnered; especially considering the ballsy themes and jet black tone which it adopts straight from the opening scenes.

What makes the film as effective as it is lies heavily on its script which takes time to develop fully realised, empathetic and highly likable characters, complete with three dimensions and who are consistently engaging. There are nevertheless moments when the writing does resort to certain stereotypes, but such instances are only ever used with good intentions and subtle shades, never truly distracting from the experience. The writers use their characters to successfully justify and back up the drama spliced throughout the piece, which when attempted with less well rounded characters would feel tacked on and cheap. 'Three and Out' more often than not gets it spot on however, with only a couple moments here and there which take things a little too far into overdone melodrama.

The best thing about having such characters though is that they too can pull off comedy when called upon, delivering many instances of tastefully done dark wit, derived mostly from the characters themselves. It's a hard thing to do no doubt, and although the balance of comedy and drama can shift rather drastically, for the most part they are blended together with great care, resulting in mostly flowing transitions between the two. As mentioned, the comedy itself is extremely dark, specifically when involving the subject of suicide. Yet thanks to the very careful, precise direction from newcomer Jonathan Gershfield, such usages are both emotively effective in the ways which you would expect from the themes, but they also manage to retain a sense of light-heartedness which can be rather disorientating from an everyday perspective, yet this is largely where dark humour draws its absurdities from, and it works brilliantly here.

The story is a bit of a double edged sword in that while certain elements are extremely interesting and move along with easily sustainable momentum, there are drops every now and again which don't work quite as well and drag the pace of the film to a much more disengaging level. Although things never quite get too slow, for too long, these small imperfections become rather irritating in context of the otherwise high-quality writing. Nevertheless the majority of the plot is wonderfully low-key, occupying just a weekend but taking you on a journey full of hilarious situations, compelling characters and homely locations (at least if you reside in the UK). It's a journey that becomes far more than its simple plot however and seems endless thanks to the people who occupy it. Perhaps most enjoyable of all though is that it always feels familiar and genuine, with very little fabrication or contrivance to be found.

Performances from the cast are terrific and are certainly one of, if not the greatest highlight of the feature with both Crook and Meaney conveying the tone of the film created through their characters perfectly, never coming off as over or underdone. I was a big fan of Crook's work in The Office, and was pleasantly surprised to find him playing a role similar but also distinctly different. He's incredibly emotive when he needs to be and brings a real down-to-earth- flavour to his character that really helps solidify the mature, intelligent focus of the feature, filling the lead role competently. Meaney who I have grown far more used to seeing in a Starfleet uniform and being neglected to repeating such lines as 'Yes, of course captain' is much better used here, given plenty of room to show his superb acting capabilities. He nails the big-hearted but flawed Tommy Cassidy brilliantly, bringing charm and charisma to the duo. Both share brilliant interactions and the chemistry is high enough to meet the demands for both the comedy and drama. The supporting cast hold their own but never have much screen time enough to really show much worth mentioning, although Staunton does share some rather touching scenes with Meaney that really brings out the best of her abilities, along with Meaney's softer side.

In the end I found 'Three and Out' to be a highly moving, compelling and original piece of comedic drama. There are low points here and there but thankfully they never distract or take too much away from the entire experience which is for the most part, well developed and realistically entertaining. With terrific performances, down to earth characterisation that constantly feels familiar, and an entertaining, refreshingly dark plot, the film is certainly not without its highlights. If ever there was a misunderstood film of this year, this would probably share the top spot with 'The Good Night'. Regardless, 'Three and Out' is well worth your attention if you like your comedy black and your drama relevant; a solid piece of British film-making.

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