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Ben Wheatley (written by) &
Robin Hill (written by)
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Release Date:
15 October 2010 (USA) See more »
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Movie Review: 'Down Terrace' has memorable characters amongst the mundane See more (14 total) »

Cast

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Robin Hill ... Karl

Robert Hill ... Bill
Julia Deakin ... Maggie

David Schaal ... Eric
Kerry Peacock ... Valda

Tony Way ... Garvey
Mark Kempner ... Councillor Berman

Michael Smiley ... Pringle

Gareth Tunley ... Jon
Kali Peacock ... Helen Garvey
Kitty Blue ... Pringle's Child
Luke Hartney ... Spitz
Simon Smith ... Bill's Band Member #1
Paul George ... Bill's Band Member #2
Simon Walker ... Bill's Band Member #3
Janet Hill ... Mrs. Pringle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sara Dee ... Radio Reporter (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ben Wheatley 
 
Writing credits
Ben Wheatley (written by) &
Robin Hill (written by)

Produced by
Robin Hill .... executive producer
Henry Normal .... executive producer
Andrew Starke .... producer
James Studholme .... executive producer
Pete Tombs .... executive producer
Ben Wheatley .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jim Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Laurie Rose (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robin Hill 
Ben Wheatley (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Joao do Valle .... sound (as Joao Valle)
Rob Entwistle .... sound mixer
Andy Hoare .... sound
Sarah Hunt .... sound (as Sara Hunt)
Martin Pavey .... supervising sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Omand .... assistant camera
David Warren .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Perry Gibbs .... colorist
Justin Tillett .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Stephen Thrower .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Sara Dee .... voice artist (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Phil Budden .... special thanks: Topic Records
Chelsea Chandler .... special thanks
Penny Dodds .... special thanks
Frank Grantham .... special thanks
Janet Hill .... special thanks
Claire Jones .... special thanks
Amy Jump .... special thanks
Sue Peacock .... special thanks
Tim Peacock .... special thanks
Simon Smith .... special thanks
Sandy Wilson .... special thanks: Light in the Attic Records (as Sandy)
 
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Rated R for violence, pervasive language and some drug use
Runtime:
USA:89 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA (2010) | New Zealand:R18 | Singapore:M18 | USA:R (certificate #45961)

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17 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Movie Review: 'Down Terrace' has memorable characters amongst the mundane, 1 April 2011
Author: d_art from LA Area

Just released from jail, father and son Bill and Karl (played by real life father and son Bob and Robin Hill) are patriarchs of a small crime family. Their business and life in Down Terrace is plagued with infighting. When Karl's estranged girlfriend claims to be carrying his child, Karl's added priorities create tension amongst his immediate family. Suspicions grow when the family believes there's an informant in their midst that could send them all to prison for a very long time.

This film is hard to categorize. Some have called it a British version of Sopranos. While it is a story about a crime family, there's nothing very "gangster" about them. They don't dress or look the part. The three characters, Bill, Karl, and Maggie (Julie Deakin), Karl's mother, look and act like a regular blue collar family. They're not particularly convincing as gangsters (which may be why they're so well-hidden). For a good chunk of the movie, I had forgotten they were gangsters at all. Kind of like the TV show Roseanne, they bicker about regular family issues. Heavy with dialogue and awkward situations, the film plays almost like a comedic sitcom. It could have been about any family business and it would have worked.

There's realism and candor in the film's look and style. Characters talk about everyday things. Characters are often irritable, unkempt, and cumbersome. The camera is often hand-held, jerky, and frequently focuses on the mundane. The dialogue is often quite sharp and funny. It's certainly not glitzy like a gangster film.

There's virtually no action until the latter half of the film. Admittedly, some parts dragged. And, some parts are engrossing and sentimental. Some parts take you by surprise. The film's focus on both the mundane and the surprising moments is perhaps used to its benefit, but can sometimes feel a little uneven in terms of pacing. When the unexpected, violent moments hit, it reminded me that yes, this is indeed a "gangster" film. This results in some great dark humor. Advertisement

The characters truly make this film. The dynamics between Bill, Karl, and Maggie are realistic, funny, dysfunctional, and sad. Bob Hill is particularly memorable as Bill, an aging father who is frequently disappointed and putting down his son, Karl. Robin Hill expertly plays off his real-life father Bob (who plays Bill) as the constantly-frustrated Karl. Julie Deakin gives a complex, multifaceted performance as Maggie, the loving, sometimes scheming, mother, who may not always be as kind as she appears. The supporting cast, which consist of thugs who often do not act like thugs, bring proper amount of quirky, dry humor.

Given the expectations one may have of the frequently popular gangster genre, fans of that genre will likely be let down by this film while missing out on this film's more subtler, deeper story about family relationships. The initial pacing of the film may try some people's patience. It did me a little. I wished the film hadn't really characterized itself as a story about a crime family or a "gangster film" because it really isn't. I think it perhaps hurts the film somewhat—it makes it seem less real, maybe more gimmicky. This is closer to a family drama…with occasional violence thrown in. One may mistakingly go in expecting The Godfather. I can see this film re-imagined as a small crime story starring ordinary people—something akin to a Coen Brothers' film. These characters are odd, quirky, and dark in that vein.

I enjoyed the humor and the little surprises in this film despite the fact that the plot didn't always keep my interest. Some parts are quite banal and I sometimes wondered where the film was going. The film picks up considerably on the second half and the film's theme seems to follow the old adage that "what goes around comes around." By the end, though, it was ultimately the memorable characters that remained with me long afterwards.

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