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

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Robin Hill (written by)
Ben Wheatley (written by)
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Release Date:
15 October 2010 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A crime family looks to unmask the police informant in their midst who threatens to take down their business. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Inventive black comedy See more (13 total) »

Cast

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Robert Hill ... Bill

Robin Hill ... Karl
Julia Deakin ... Maggie

David Schaal ... Eric

Tony Way ... Garvey
Kerry Peacock ... Valda

Michael Smiley ... Pringle

Mark Kempner ... Councillor Berman
Kitty Blue ... Pringle's Kid

Gareth Tunley ... Johnny
Kali Peacock ... Mrs Garvey
Luke Hartney ... Spitz
Janet Hill ... Mrs. Pringle
Simon Smith ... Bill's Band Member #1
Paul George ... Bill's Band Member #2
Simon Walker ... Bill's Band Member #3
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Sara Dee ... Radio Reporter (voice)
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Directed by
Ben Wheatley 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robin Hill  written by
Ben Wheatley  written by

Produced by
Robin Hill .... executive producer
Andrew Starke .... 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 
 
Sound Department
Joao do Valle .... sound
Rob Entwistle .... sound mixer
Martin Pavey .... supervising sound editor
 
Editorial Department
Perry Gibbs .... colorist
 
Music Department
Stephen Thrower .... composer: additional music
 
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Sara Dee .... voice artist (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, pervasive language and some drug use
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USA:89 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA (2010) | New Zealand:R18 | Singapore:M18 | USA:R (certificate #45961)

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Inventive black comedy, 14 July 2013
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

A strange, extremely low-budget, little film and director Ben Wheatley's first picture. After watching the slightly overrated KILL LIST and the bomb that is A FIELD IN ENGLAND, I think that his debut is also his most honest work: DOWN TERRACE is a straightforward, if complex, black comedy that explores murder carried out between friends and family.

The film is essentially set in a single house and follows a father/son team who have just been released from prison. They sit around, swear a lot, and gradually begin to realise that somebody grassed them up. Unfortunately, these characters are by far the least interesting, and real-life actor/son pairing of Robert and Robin Hill is the film's biggest detraction as we're stuck with them for so long. Robert's character, in particular, is fairly pointless in the run of things, while Robin Hill just doesn't cut it as a lead.

The supporting characters are a lot better, not least Michael Smiley's excellent extended cameo as the amusingly-named family man Pringle; Smiley brings an air of real menace with him, and is by far the best thing in the picture. Imagine the picture with Smiley in the lead role! Sadly, it wasn't to be. Meanwhile, Tony Way's also a lot of fun as the dim-witted Garvey, while David Schaal's tackles his stock gangster character with relish.

After the slow start, it soon transpires that DOWN TERRACE is simply a film about a series of quirky deaths (I understand that Wheatley's recent movie SIGHTSEERS is much the same, so this must be a preoccupation of his). The deaths are funny, outrageous and shocking at the same time, building to a nicely grand-feeling climax despite the low budget nature of the production. This isn't a great movie and it's not really one I'd be looking at watching again, but I can safely say that Wheatley's done much, much worse!

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