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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)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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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

Feature film debut of Gary Oldman. See more »

Quotes

Mark: Muppet.
Colin: I am not a Muppet.
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Featured in Mike Leigh in Conversation (2008) 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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The clash of classes
6 February 2007 | by starlings5See all my reviews

This movie is a portrayal of the poor working class, on the Dole and their frustration with Thatcherism. Auntie Barbara represents a working class girl, gone to college, married up and now lives a miserable existence with a cheating husband. She is fake and has to put on aires including changing her accent in order to work in the bank. Mark is a young man trying to survive in the terrible unemployment and realizing he has no future or that his future is what his parents have...nothing. Coxy shows the disillusionment of the youth as frustration and anger are apparent in his destruction of materialism. His "punk" clothing attire demonstrates his need to show the establishment the rebellion is at hand, and the working class is not going to take it anymore. Mark is slow, perhaps he is to represent how the working class is viewed by the other classes. The parents are on the Dole and have become stagnated in their existence. They see no way out of their predicament and have no goals to leave. They are products of the system.


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