The slender premise springs from the actions of two listless 11-year-old boys, the cold, manipulative Leo, and his weaker, more impressionable friend, Mike. Contemptuous of the fallible police force (Mike has already filched a police hat from an accident scene), the boys arrange a staged knife fight outside a football stadium with the aid of a bag of stage blood and a real blade.
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was originally cast to play Detective Ritchie in this film. Tragically, he died during filming. His character was re-cast and the scenes re-shot, although he can still be occasionally glimpsed in long-shot according to director Stephen Frears
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