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Meantime (1983)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 23 July 1986
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When one brother gets a job from their wealthy aunt, the other becomes increasingly jealous.

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Mike Leigh

Writer:

Mike Leigh (deviser)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marion Bailey ... Barbara
Phil Daniels ... Mark
Tim Roth ... Colin
Pam Ferris ... Mavis
Jeffrey Robert Jeffrey Robert ... Frank (as Jeff Robert)
Alfred Molina ... John
Gary Oldman ... Coxy
Tilly Vosburgh Tilly Vosburgh ... Hayley
Paul Daly Paul Daly ... Rusty
Leila Bertrand Leila Bertrand ... Hayley's Friend
Hepburn Graham Hepburn Graham ... Boyfriend
Peter Wight ... Estate Manager
Eileen Davies ... Unemployment Benefit Clerk
Herbert Norville Herbert Norville ... Man in Pub
Brian Hoskin Brian Hoskin ... Barman
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Storyline

An odd film, primarily looking at how the dole affects the underclass in Britain. Tim Roth stars as Colin, a slow and possibly intellectually disabled man living with his parents and brother in a housing project. He and his sarcastic manipulative brother still behave like teenagers, living with their parents, harassing each other. The problem is that they are in their late teens or twenties. Neighborhood characters include Hayley, a young woman with a crush on Colin, and Coxy (Gary Oldman) a violent local skinhead who befriends Colin. Trouble ensues when their wealthy aunt gives Colin a job and his brother becomes jealous. Written by Don Smith <dsmith@health.org>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Időközben See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Made for British TV, the film was also released in cinemas in some countries and at festivals. See more »

Quotes

Mark: Muppet.
Colin: I am not a Muppet.
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Connections

References Kojak (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Infernal Galop
(uncredited)
From Orpheus in the Underworld
Composed by Jacques Offenbach
[The music is playing in the background when Mark leaves the apartment without Colin]
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A searing indictment of contemporary Britain and the way it turns its citizens into jittery caricatures.
22 May 2001 | by the red duchessSee all my reviews

'Meantime' is a modernist masterpiece, closer to Antonioni than Loach, all the more remarkable for having been made on TV, and transcending the incidentals of portentousness, contrivance and misogyny. Leigh doesn't simply record the monumental, faceless, soulless tenements that dwarf his characters, as a social-realist would: he allows them to shape his narrative, a rigid, static series of concrete tableaux. Leigh doesn't reduce his characters to caricature (a complaint often levelled against him) - Thatcherism does, by removing all those things - hope, work, dreams etc. - that mark humanity and individuality. As bitterly angry and funny as 'Naked'.


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