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Down Terrace (2009)

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A crime family looks to unmask the police informant in their midst who threatens to take down their business.

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Garvey
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Berman
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Pringle
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Kali Peacock ...
Helen Garvey
Kitty Blue ...
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Luke Hartney ...
Spitz
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Simon Walker ...
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After serving jail time for a mysterious crime, Bill and Karl get out of jail and become preoccupied with figuring out who turned them in to the police. On top of that, the "family business" is on the rocks, and the motley crew of criminals who operate out of Down Terrace aren't feeling terribly trusting of one another. It might look like an ordinary house, but at Down Terrace, the walls are closing in... Written by Newport Beach Film Festival

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violence, pervasive language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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15 October 2010 (USA)  »

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Убийство - дело семейное  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,088, 17 October 2010, Limited Release

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$9,609, 31 October 2010
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The two stars are really father and son See more »

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References Rob Loves Kerry (2006) See more »

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Are You Leaving for the Country?
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Written by Richard Tucker
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Claustrophobic and intense. Ben Wheatley is an exciting talent.
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Writer/director Ben Wheatley's debut feature film Down Terrace is British drama that fuses together the kitchen sink social realism of Shane Meadows, Ken Loach and 'The Royle Family' to make compelling yet highly uncomfortable viewing. Wheatley, who demonstrates flair for creating small moments of humour around intense menace really sets his marker down with this unsettling look into the world of a crime family in steep decline. Thanks to being mostly confined to the small rooms of your average two-up-two-down terraced house, the film has a sense of real claustrophobia which is accentuated all the more by the intensity of the drama. It's one of those films where even as people sit down to a family meal, you can sense the brewing violence in the air. The tight, confined spaces only serve to heighten the feeling of being trapped in these small rooms with psychotic characters. All the performances register strongly, the picks being Robert Hill (Bill) and Julia Deakin (Maggie), the mother and father of the house, or Godfather and Godmother. To begin with, Maggie has the demeanour of the loving, but downtrodden Mum who runs to the kitchen when the boys start arguing, but as things unfold her character develops and the performance is chillingly well measured. Anyone familiar with Wheatley's follow up film 'Kill List' will cheer when the likable Michael Smiley turns up in a similar small role. So, Down Terrace sets a strong precedent for a debut director with its realism, horror and blacker than black comedy


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