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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Joseph

Stephen Graham ... Danny

David O'Hara ... Curtis

Maxine Peake ... Isabel
Lee Ingleby ... Deano

Peter Wight ... Roger

Ryan Barr

Emma Stansfield ... Lisa
Stuart Wolfenden ... Pete

Robert Stone ... Doyle

Brad Moore ... Jon

Robert Shannon ... Kane
Kieran Hardcastle ... Hoody

Mark Strange ... Vinny
Nicola Potts ... Tina
Sarah Parks ... Marriane
Stephen Foster-hunt ... Fight refferee
Dean Spicksley ... Fight Spectator
Karl Etherington ... Doyle's Opponent
Colin Butts ... Fight referee
Rebecca Elliot ... Sue
Edward Wright ... Spectator
Aaron Priddy ... Man in Crowd
Rowan Scarborough ... Officer Trent

Directed by
David Blair 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chris Green  screenplay
Jeremy Sheldon  additional material

Produced by
Lee Brazier .... executive producer
Mark Foligno .... executive producer
Wayne Marc Godfrey .... executive producer
Chris Green .... executive producer
Chris Hainsworth .... executive producer
Robert Jones .... executive producer
Michael Knowles .... producer
Brad Moore .... producer
Stacey Murray .... producer
Angad Paul .... executive producer
Tina Pawlik .... line producer
Richard Turner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Rob Lane  (as Robert Lane)
Cinematography by
Steel Hudson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Pia Di Ciaula 
Production Design by
Kristian Milsted 
Art Direction by
Blair Barnette 
Costume Design by
Rebecca McManus 
Makeup Department
Chloe Joy Henderson .... assistant makeup artist
Melanie Lenihan .... prosthetic makeup artist
Emma Slater .... hair designer
Emma Slater .... makeup designer
Emily Jane Williams .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Katie Shahrokh .... post-production manager
Joe Walker .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Barcham .... second assistant director
James Powell .... third assistant director
Art Department
Lorna Dunn .... art department assistant
Alex Giles .... construction manager
Gareth Hustwaite .... carpenter
Alex King .... art department assistant
Maggie Musial .... art department coordinator
Laura Shearer .... art department assistant
Dean Spicksley .... stand-by props
Craig Symes .... art department assistant
Matt Wells .... standby art director
Sound Department
Grant Bridgeman .... production sound mixer
Phil Cape .... sound maintenance
Philip Clements .... foley editor
Alistair Curtis .... sound maintenance
Alex Ellerington .... sound effects editor
Graham Headicar .... sound effects editor
Martin Jensen .... sound re-recording mixer
Forbes Noonan .... adr recordist
Duncan Price .... assistant sound editor
Matthew Skelding .... dialogue editor
Catherine Thomas .... foley editor
Catherine Thomas .... foley recordist
Lee Walpole .... supervising sound editor
Robert Karlsson .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Scott McIntyre .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Matt Flicker .... visual effects artist
David Stirzaker .... visual effects
Andy Bennett .... stunt coordinator
Steve Caswell .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Kamal Asad .... digital imaging technician: dailies
Kamal Asad .... video assist
Thomas Asad .... second assistant camera
David Baker .... best boy electric
Ruben Cardol .... gaffer
Stephen Cornacchia .... focus puller
Andy Dorwart .... key grip
Woody Gregson .... second assistant camera
Rob Hart .... camera operator: "a" camera
Daf Hobson .... additional photographer
Callum Just .... second assistant camera
Jon Mitchell .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Tim Murphy .... dailies electrician
Gabi Norland .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Gaby Norland)
Ian Ogden .... additional grip
Ian Ogden .... camera trainee
Julius Ogden .... focus puller
Ben Oliver .... focus puller
Daniel Petiafo .... digital imaging technician
Darren Ravenscroft .... focus puller
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emily Johnson .... costume assistant
Cathy Lang .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Mike Andrews .... digital film technician
Michelle Cort .... digital film technician
Tim Drewett .... digital intermediate technician
Adam Inglis .... colorist
Steve Owen .... data transfer
Jateen Patel .... digital intermediate technician
Katelin Westwood .... data transfer
Music Department
Ian Livingstone .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Rachel Coetzee .... unit driver
Other crew
Tom Bray .... rushes runner
Paul Desira .... floor runner
Leigh Doughty .... post production runner
Loran Dunn .... production assistant
Rachel Hall .... production assistant
Rory Herbert .... script supervisor
Andrew Hill .... production accountant
David Johnstone .... insurance: Media Insurance Brokers
Beverley Lamb .... location manager
Jim Morgan .... runner: rushes
Russell Noon .... production coordinator
Matt Owens .... unit medic (uncredited)
Navid Salimian .... distribution assistant
Matthew Whitney .... location manager
James Williams .... assistant locations manager

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Of Mice and Meth, 30 November 2014
Author: rooprect from New York City

"Best Laid Plans" is a gripping film loosely based on the Steinbeck novel "Of Mice and Men". Don't worry, the story differs considerably enough that nothing is spoiled if you're up on your Steinbeck. The story is woven around an odd pair: the mentally challenged gentle giant "Joseph" (phenomenally played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, whom you may remember as the very different Mr. Eko in "Lost") and his guardian, the small-time crook "Danny" (Stephen Graham).

The two seem to have a modestly idyllic life, pulling off small capers to make a living and fishing at the local canal. But due to Danny's involvement with the wrong crowd, he gets into a jam where the only way out is for him to submit his buddy Joseph to a very brutal criminal occupation.

The character development and evolution of each man is what makes this interesting to watch. Danny is plagued by guilt for what he is doing to his friend and slowly descending into drug abuse (coke, not meth like in my title--but hey, clever wordplays don't come easy). Kind-hearted Joseph is profoundly altered by the violence he is subjected to. At the same time, each man finds his own love interest, each woman mirroring the harshness and innocence of the 2 men.

"Best Laid Plans" runs the full spectrum of bleakness, brightness, darkness and charm. It begins with a mildly comedic scene but quickly turns heavy when we realize what is at stake. From then on, the film gets heavier and darker, but it remains peppered with some charming & heartwarming scenes involving Joseph. The extreme contrast makes the film unpredictable, suspenseful and sometimes beautifully disturbing. It's the director's ability to mix the two extremes--beauty & brutality--that makes this a poetic experience. If you like character-driven stories set in a tense, gritty environment, then check this one out.

By the way, if you happen to be a pitbull lover (the dog, not the rapper), definitely check this out because it makes a great metaphor for those gentle, lovable mutts who, simply due to their physique and eagerness to please, are subjected to human brutality just like Joseph. I'm sure the metaphor can apply to many things as well. This film will keep you thinking for a long time.

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