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Wild Bill (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 23 March 2012 (UK)
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A street-toughened parole finds his two boys abandoned by their mum and fending for themselves. Time to step up, or not.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Out on parole after 8 years inside, Bill Hayward returns home to find his now 11- and 15-year-old sons abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves. Unwilling to play Dad, an uncaring Bill is determined to move on. Although Dean the older boy has found a job and is doing his best to be a father to his younger brother Jimmy, the arrival of Bill brings them to the attention of social services. With the danger of being put into care looming, Dean forces his feckless dad to stay by threatening to grass him up for dealing. If there's one thing Bill doesn't want it's to go back to prison. He reluctantly agrees to stay for a week to help fool social services that the boys are being cared for. Having never really grown up himself, Bill quickly connects with Jimmy and, through this new bond, starts to realize what he's been missing. He has a family, a place in the world. He is a father. However, their happy family set-up is short lived when Jimmy gets into trouble with Bill's dangerous... Written by Anonymous

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Andy Serkis' character (Glen) says, "Oh! Riddles. I like these." Andy Serkis, who, of course, is well known for his portrayal as Gollum. And in, Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug, Gollum mentions that he likes riddles. See more »

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Wild Bill: [discovering his youngest son's been helping sell crack] First year's the hardest.
Jimmy: What?
Wild Bill: Yeah that's what they say. "First year's the hardest." It weren't for me. Second year, that was the real killer. First year you can still remember the world - your home, your pals, Sunday roast, what it's like to take a dump without someone watching you. Second year, that's when the hope starts to leave ya. No one left to trust. No one you really like 'cause you're in prison. Everyone's a criminal. They all ...
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References Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) See more »

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Published by Chrysalis Music
(C) Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2006
(P) Play It Again Sam (PIAS) 2006
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Surprisingly tough and tender
21 December 2016 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

This slice of British realism marked the directorial debut of actor Dexter Fletcher and has all the propensity for sentimentality but Fletcher keeps things suitably tough and the highest compliment I can pay it is that it's as good as the best of British television. Fletcher also co-wrote the film, (with Danny King), and brings both a good deal of humour and tenderness to proceedings. He also draws excellent performances from his cast. In the title role, Charlie Creed-Miles is outstanding as the father, recently released from prison, trying to forge some kind of relationship with his two young sons, (Will Poulter and Sammy Williams, both first-rate). Worth seeking out.


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