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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sam Riley ... Pinkie

Andrea Riseborough ... Rose

Helen Mirren ... Ida

John Hurt ... Phil Corkery

Philip Davis ... Frank Spicer

Nonso Anozie ... Dallow
Craig Parkinson ... Cubitt

Andy Serkis ... Colleoni

Sean Harris ... Hale

Geoff Bell ... Kite

Steven Robertson ... Crab

Maurice Roëves ... Chief Inspector

Steve Evets ... Mr Wilson

Francis Magee ... Pavement Photographer

Adrian Schiller ... Registrar
Pauline Melville ... Mother Superior
Mona Goodwin ... Pretty Girl

Kerrie Hayes ... Borstal Girl 1

Lexy Howe ... Borstal Girl 2
Harry Lloyd-Walker ... Child

Dennis Banks ... Barman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tom Austen ... Mr. Oakes (uncredited)
Christopher Brown ... Youth dressed in Beatles costume (uncredited)
Andrew Care ... Policeman (uncredited)

Kenneth Collard ... Clergyman (uncredited)

Mark Harris ... Detainee (uncredited)
Andre Hopley ... Drinker (uncredited)
Helen Kingston ... Waitress (uncredited)

John Warman ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Rowan Joffe 
Writing credits
Rowan Joffe (written by)

Graham Greene (novel "Brighton Rock")

Produced by
Jenny Borgars .... executive producer
Will Clarke .... executive producer
Olivier Courson .... executive producer
Ron Halpern .... executive producer
Jamie Laurenson .... executive producer
Paul Ritchie .... co-producer
Paul Webster .... producer
Original Music by
Martin Phipps 
Cinematography by
John Mathieson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joe Walker 
Casting by
Shaheen Baig 
Production Design by
James Merifield 
Art Direction by
Paul Ghirardani 
Costume Design by
Julian Day 
Makeup Department
Pauline Fowler .... prosthetics: Animated Extras
Kitty Greenwood .... makeup artist
Brittany Jamison-Lackey .... hair trainee
Brittany Jamison-Lackey .... makeup trainee
Ivana Primorac .... hair designer
Ivana Primorac .... makeup designer
Andrew Simonin .... crowd hairdresser
Matthew Smith .... prosthetics makeup artist
Lisa Wood .... makeup artist
Sophia Burnage .... crowd make-up (uncredited)
Helen Conroy .... makeup trainee (uncredited)
Charmaine Fuller .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Marianna Kyriacou .... hair trainee (uncredited)
Marianna Kyriacou .... makeup trainee (uncredited)
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth (uncredited)
Production Management
Jacquie Glanville .... unit production manager
Neil Grimshaw .... post-production supervisor
Ian Hutchinson .... unit manager: Eastbourne
Chris Moore .... unit manager: Brighton
Fiona Morham .... head of production: UK Film Council
Charlie Simpson .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Brewster .... third assistant director
Samson Haveland .... third assistant director: second unit
Guy Heeley .... first assistant director
Candy Marlowe .... crowd second assistant director
Charlie Reed .... second assistant director
Anthony Wilcox .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Gari Bacon .... props storeman (as Gary Bacon)
Gari Bacon .... set dresser (as Gary Bacon)
Ray Barrett .... charge hand carpenter
Billy Bennett .... chargehand stand-by
David Creed .... chargehand stand-by: Eastbourne (as Dave Creed)
Julia Dehoff .... draughtsperson (as Julia Dehoff-Bourne)
Jack Dyer .... construction buyer
Trevor Dyer .... carpenter
Stephen Ede .... carpenter
Lee Gooch .... carpenter
Jonny Harris .... art department runner
Kevin Harris .... construction manager
Martin Lane .... chargehand painter
Kat Law .... assistant art director (as Katherine Law)
Dean Lee .... dressing props
Shay Leonard .... charge prop hand
Nick Lloyd .... carpenter
Joe Lucas .... props trainee
Stephen McGregor .... carpenter
Ray Perry .... property master
Jessica Sinclair .... art department assistant
'Bugsy' Smalls .... stand-by carpenter
Markus Spivey .... painter (as Marcus Spivey)
Bob Thorne .... stand by props
Kellie Waugh .... graphic artist
Kellie Waugh .... standby art director
Debbie Wilson .... production buyer (as Deborah Wilson)
Lucy Bullen .... prop maker (uncredited)
Rohan Harris .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Bridie McKie .... art department runner: dailies (uncredited)
Claire Page .... prop maker (uncredited)
Joanna Pratt .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry Barnes .... supervising sound editor
Gareth Bull .... sound re-recording mixer
Martin Cantwell .... sound designer
Andrea King .... foley artist
Dash Mason-Malik .... sound assistant (as Dash Mason Malik)
Adam Mendez .... foley recordist
Adam Mendez .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack Stew .... foley artist
George Trevis .... sound maintenance
Martin Trevis .... location sound recordist
Tom Deane .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Peter Mendonca .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... adr coordinator (uncredited)
Martin Trevis .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Philip Young .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Stuart Brisdon .... special effects supervisor
Kevin Mathews .... wire effects supervisor
Thomas Jones .... special effects moldmaker (uncredited)
Tez Palmer .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Mark White .... special effects (uncredited)
Nigel Wilkinson .... senior special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Phil Attfield .... visual effects supervisor: additional visual effects, MfM Molinare
Håkan Blomdahl .... digital artist: FILMGATE
Fawnda Denham .... visual effects producer: additional visual effects, MfM Molinare
Simon Frame .... visual effects supervisor: additional visual effects, MfM Molinare
Simon Giles .... visual effects supervisor: FILMGATE
Charlotte Gray .... digital restoration artist
Marcus Hindborg .... digital artist: FILMGATE
Andreas Hylander .... visual effects artist: FLIMGATE
Vadim Konov .... digital artist: FILMGATE
Elin Kothe .... digital artist: FILMGATE (as Elin Lindahl)
Malin Leuchovius .... visual effects coordinator: FILMGATE (as Malin Persson)
Linus Lindbalk .... digital artist: FILMGATE
Martin Malmqvist .... digital artist: FILMGATE
Alasdair McNeill .... 2d compositor: additional visual effects, MfM Molinare
Daniel Nielsen .... digital artist: FILMGATE
Collette Nunes .... visual effects editor: additional visual effects, MfM Molinare
Jacob Otterström .... visual effects supervisor: FILMGATE
Alex Prihodko .... digital artist: FILMGATE
Daniel Reidler .... digital artist: FILMGATE
Nikolai Waldman .... digital artist: FILMGATE
Anthony Webb .... 2d compositor: MfM Molinare
Sean Wheelan .... visual effects producer: FILMGATE
Matthew Baker .... digital restoration (uncredited)
Thomas M. Horton .... visual effects executive producer (uncredited)
Emma Hulme .... digital restoration (uncredited)
Oskar Larsson .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Olle Petersson .... visual effects (uncredited)
Suchita Suryamurty .... visual effects production manager: Molinare (uncredited)
Lloyd Bass .... stunt performer
Andy Bradshaw .... stunt performer
Scott Brady .... stunt performer
Paul Kennington .... stunt performer
Kai Martin .... stunt performer
Erol Mehmet .... stunt performer
Chris Newton .... stunt performer
David Newton .... stunt performer
Andy Pilgrim .... stunt performer
Dominic Preece .... stunt performer
Matt Sherren .... stunt performer
Andy Smart .... stunt performer
Julian Spencer .... stunt coordinator
John Street .... stunt performer
William Willoughby .... stunt performer (as Will Willoughby)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
Graham Baker .... h.o.d. rigger
Jacob Barrie .... clapper loader: second unit
Adrian Barry .... grip trainee
Ashley Bond .... focus puller: second unit
Sam Clark .... film stock provider: Kodak
Sean Davis .... daily electrician
Eddie Dias .... lighting provider: Panalux
Paul Edwards .... steadicam operator: second unit
Simon Fogg .... grip: "b" camera
Rob Garvie .... camera provider: Panavision
Malcolm Gilchrist .... grip: second unit
Lewis Hume .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Simon Hume .... focus puller
Gary Hymns .... key grip
Paul Hymns .... grip: second unit
Sacha Jones .... clapper loader: second unit
Alan Martin .... gaffer
Jason Martin .... practical electrician
Lee Martin .... best boy
David Moore .... electrician
James Nesbitt .... electrician
Basil Smith .... focus puller: second unit
Darren Smith .... lighting provider: Panalux
Rob Walton .... generator operator
Frankie Webster .... stand-by rigger
Dan West .... camera trainee
Hugh Whitaker .... camera provider: Panavision
Zoe Whittaker .... video assist operator
Malcolm McGilchrist .... grip: dailies (uncredited)
Chris Plevin .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Terry Robb .... electrician (uncredited)
Matthew West .... video trainee (uncredited)
Casting Department
Aisha Walters .... casting associate (as Aisha Waters)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shahida Day .... assistant costume designer
Jane Marcantonio .... wardrobe supervisor
Anna Reynolds .... wardrobe assistant
Laura Smith .... stand by wardrobe
Lauren Angela Coe .... costume daily (uncredited)
Lucy McGill .... costume daily (uncredited)
Sarah Jane Reichert .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Simon Brasse .... assembly editor
Matthew Bristowe .... digital intermediate producer
Helen de Winter .... delivery consultant
Dan Dolan .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Paul Ensby .... digital intermediate colorist
Richard Lampard .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Jaime Leonard .... on-line editor (as Jamie Leonard)
Cliff Thomas .... arri coordinator: international
Dominic Thomson .... senior on-line editor (as Dom Thomson)
Thora Woodward .... second assistant editor
Matthew Benns .... data operations manager (uncredited)
Jodie Davidson .... dailies: additional colorist (uncredited)
Todd Kleparski .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Music Department
Darrell Alexander .... music contractor: Cool Music & Chamber Orchestra of London
Ruth Barrett .... composer: additional music
Mat Bartram .... music recording engineer
Christoph Bauschinger .... music editor
BBC Concert Orchestra .... musicians
BBC Singers .... musicians
Saffron Beagley .... music preparation
The Chamber Orchestra of London .... musicians
Paul Clarvis .... musician: solo drums and percussion, Chamber Orchestra of London
Andrew Connolly .... music contractor: BBC Orchestra
Felix Erskine .... composer: additional music
Cynthia Fleming .... orchestra leader: BBC Concert Orchestra
Gareth Griffiths .... music contractor: Cool Music & Chamber Orchestra of London
Nick Holland .... musician: solo cello, Chamber Orchestra of London
Benjamin Hughes .... musician: solo cello, BBC Concert Orchestra
Jake Jackson .... music mixer
Aled Jenkins .... music recording engineer
Rob Johnstone .... music contractor: RSVP Voices, Brighton Festival Youth Choir
Esther Jones .... conductor: Brighton Youth Festival Choir
Lewis Jones .... music recording engineer
Stephen Ashley King .... music contractor: BBC Singers
Elisa Kustow .... music production coordinator
Stephen McLaughlin .... music mixer (as Steve McLaugghlin)
Stephen McLaughlin .... music producer
Bradley Miles .... additional orchestrator
James Morgan .... conductor: BBC Singers
Ian Neil .... music supervisor
Steve Parr .... music recording engineer
Martin Phipps .... music producer
Simon Phipps .... conductor: BBC Concert Orchestra
Joe Pickering .... music recording engineer
Joe Pickering .... second engineer: Brighton Youth Festival Choir
Paul Pritchard .... music recording engineer
Sonia Slany .... leader: Chamber Orchestra of London
David Tindale .... music recording engineer
David Tindale .... recording engineer: Brighton Youth Festival Choir
Simon Whiteside .... conductor: Chamber Orchestra of London
Simon Whiteside .... music preparation
Simon Whiteside .... orchestrator
Brighton Youth Festival Choir .... musicians
Transportation Department
Mark Crowley .... unit driver
Michael Geary .... action vehicle supplier: Motorhouse
Rob Hempenstall .... unit driver
Scott Richardson .... driver: minibus
Lewis Wakefield .... driver: minibus
Barrie Williams .... unit driver
Ken Price .... driver: main unit camera truck (uncredited)
Other crew
Aaron Anderson .... creative coordinator: UK Film Council
Reno Antoniades .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Jack Arbuthnott .... development editor: BBC Films
Nick Atkinson .... creative coordinator: UK Film Council
Mona Benjamin .... production coordinator
Helen Bingham .... accounts assistant
Kate Bone .... assistant production coordinator
Caroline Bowker .... script supervisor: second unit
Keith Bryant .... laboratory contact: Technicolor Creative Services
James Buckler .... production and delivery coordinator: BBC Films
Daniel Budd .... first assistant accountant (as Dan Budd)
Antony Buonomo .... title designer
Neil Calder .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Sally Caplan .... head of premiere fund: UK Film Council
Paula Casarin .... script supervisor
Ed Clarke .... head of development: Kudos Pictures
Tonia Cohen .... clearances
Camilla Davies .... runner: crowd ad
Charles Dawson .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Christian De-vos .... head of security (as Christian Devoss)
Christian De-vos .... head of security
Nazmeen Dhansey .... accounts assistant
Will Evans .... head of business affairs: UK Film Council
Elton Farla .... paramedic
Sandra Frieze .... dialogue coach
Robert Grundy .... armorer: Bapty and Co.
Stuart Hendry .... assistant stills photographer
Jon Hills .... location security/support
Ruth Hodgson .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Vince Holden .... head of production finance: UK Film Council
Rachel James .... post production accountant
Richard J.R. Jones .... runner: rushes (as Richard Jones)
Steve Keane .... security and location assistant
Tracey Larcombe .... epk: Edd Creative Productions
Kerrie Lloyd .... production runner
Cathy Lorimer .... utility stand in
Dan MacRae .... head of development: Optimum Rekeasing
Garry Marriott .... medic: second unit
Mark Martin .... runner: crowd ad
Jamie Mayers .... accountant: Kudos Pictures
Charles McDonald .... unit publicist
Christos Michaels .... production legal services: Lee & Thompson
Charlotte Amelia Miles .... crowd production assistant
Georgina Miles .... crowd production assistant
John Miles .... production accountant
Deba Mithal .... head of finance: Kudos Pictures
Jack Murphy .... choreographer
Joe Naftalin .... assistant to producer: Kudos Pictures
Simon Osborn .... legal and business affairs manager: BBC Films
Scott Penrose .... pickpocket consultant
Danny Perkins .... chief operations officer: Optimum Releasing
Michelle Pianca .... assistant location manager
Richard Rogan .... production runner
Joss Spry .... assistant to director
Isabelle Stewart .... production and acquisitions executive: Optimum Releasing
Lesley Stewart .... head of physical production: Optimum Releasing
Jason Wheeler .... location manager
Anna Wilton .... production assistant
Michael Wood .... production executive: BBC Films
Andy Young .... utility stand in (as Andrew Young)
Samantha Bolter .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tom Misselbrook .... runner (uncredited)
Michael Stapleton .... security (uncredited)
Aimee Tasker .... location assistant (uncredited)
Aimee Tasker .... runner: crowd assistant (uncredited)
Charlotte Wright .... assistant location manager: Brighton & Eastbourne (uncredited)
Richard Attenborough .... special thanks (as Lord Richard Attenborough)
Eddie Dias .... thanks
Louis Frost .... special thanks
Rob Garvie .... special thanks

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Stars both Sam Riley (Pinky) and Sean Harris (Hale). In previous roles, both Riley and Harris have portrayed Joy Division lead singer, Ian Curtis. Sam Riley played Curtis in Control (2007) and Sean Harris did so in 24 Hour Party People (2002). This mirrors Dead Man's Shoes (2004) which starred Paddy Considine and Toby Kebbell, both of which played Joy Division's manager, Rob Gretton, in '24 Hour Party People' and 'Control' respectively. And it also unites again two stars of Control (2007), Riley and Craig Parkinson who played Tony Wilson.See more »
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Rowan Joffe's dark, suspenseful but fatally flawed remake of Brighton Rock., 9 March 2011
Author: MrJamesBlack from United Kingdom

Hearing the news that John Boulting's classic 1946 adaptation of Graham Greene's novel Brighton Rock was to be remade filled with me trepidation. The current spate of mostly inferior remakes are one thing but meddling with the perfection of this archetypical gangster film is another. How can any updated version possibly replace the indelible image of the 23 year old Richard Attenborough as the flick knife wielding baby faced assassin Pinkie Brown? As filming began and rumours of a 1960s Mods and Rockers setting emerged I began to have serious doubts if this remake was really going to be a good idea! Thankfully fears that Rowan Joffe's Brighton Rock is a sanitised version of the story are quickly allayed. The relocation of Brighton Rock to the 1960s does not mean that we are entering into the trendy youth culture of the era or being taken on an adolescent search for identity. The sharp-suited posers and greasy leather clad Rockers are merely a backdrop to a much darker reality as we are taken into a terrifying world of crime, guilt and inner-torment.

Brighton Rock is concerned with the concepts of good versus evil, sin and redemption they were present in Greene's novel, the 1946 adaptation and once again are central in Rowan Joffe's remake. However, additional scenes and alterations to the 2010 update mean that Pinkie's progressively violent behaviour is almost justified. In the exhilarating opening sequence Pinkie witnesses the brutal murder of the gang's original leader Kite when Fred Hale slashes his throat. When Pinkie sees one of the few role models in his life burbling and drowning in his own blood revenge it seems is not only on the cards but unavoidable. This kind of black and white, eye for an eye, morality detracts from the original story where Pinkie Brown's vicious streak appeared to be innate and a product of original sin. The character of Ida Arnold (Dame Helen Mirren) also has undergone a significant adjustment. In opposition to the Catholicism of Pinkie and Rose the pleasure seeking Ida was concerned only with the here and now. Mirren's portrayal plays these aspects down resulting in a more serious role and a lessening of the story's theological study.

As with Attenborough before him Sam Riley's Pinkie is intense, dangerous and teeters on the edge of sanity. If anything in Joffe's adaptation Pinkie Brown undergoes a broader transformation than before as greater emphasis being placed upon his journey from a nervous lackey to maniacal gang leader. Unfortunately the 30 year old Riley he does not resemble a juvenile delinquent. Therefore the shy adolescent awkwardness that Pinkie displays towards adulthood and in particular his relationship with Rose, (conveyed so expertly by Attenborough,) is absent.

Andrea Riseborough gives an outstanding performance as Rose she too goes on a psychological journey from being a naive and mousey youngster to an assertive young woman attracted to Pinkie's confidence and menace. The scene in which Pinkie in effect buys Rose from her abusive father for £150 adds a social realist dimension to the film uncovering the lack of options available to a young working-class woman in 'sixties Britain. The squalid surroundings of Pinkie and Rose's flat complete with peeling wallpaper, scuffed furniture and squeaky floorboards are also reminiscent of a Kitchen Sink drama. There is some impressive cinematography by John Mathieson as the camera pans from the threatening crashing waves on Brighton Beach to the scenic seaside cafés foreshadowing the storm that is building. The swelling orchestral soundtrack also adds to the heightened sense of panic and drama. The tea rooms, arcades and dance-halls of 1960s Brighton are also accurately recreated as are the neglected interiors of the boarding houses. And yet… There is something oddly unreal about Joffe's Brighton Rock partly down to the unnecessary time shift which does nothing but confuse the audience. The film's characters seem stuck in the wrong era originating as they do from austere post-war Britain both in appearance and behaviour. Using the Mods and Rockers backdrop and casting of Philip Davis, (who appeared in Quadrophenia,) as Spicer turns the movie into a pastiche of sorts leaving us with a souped-up hyper-reality. This is Brighton as seen through the eyes of the cinema goer not the world of Graham Greene's novel. Dark, menacing and suspenseful Rowan Joffe's Brighton Rock is well worth seeing it is just unfortunate that the film is not as good as the sum of its parts.

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