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Empire State (1987)

R | | Crime, Thriller | April 1988 (USA)
In London's yuppie-dominated docklands of the 1980s Paul tries to make a deal with an American businessman However, he underestimates the clout of his old boss, a powerful Eastender.

Director:

Ron Peck

Writers:

Mark Ayres, Ron Peck
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cathryn Harrison ... Marion
Jason Hoganson Jason Hoganson ... Pete
Glen Murphy ... Vincenzo
Jamie Foreman ... Danny
Emily Bolton ... Susan
Ian Sears Ian Sears ... Paul
Martin Landau ... Chuck
Lorcan Cranitch ... Richard
Ray McAnally ... Frank
Lee Drysdale Lee Drysdale ... Rent-boy
Jenny Bolt ... Tricia
Jimmy Flint ... Billy
John Levitt John Levitt ... Harry
Ian McCurrach ... 'Metropolis' editor
Elizabeth Hickling Elizabeth Hickling ... Cheryl
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In London's yuppie-dominated docklands of the 1980s Paul tries to make a deal with an American businessman However, he underestimates the clout of his old boss, a powerful Eastender.

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Taglines:

The Smell of Money... The Taste of Power... The Heat of the Night

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Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

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Forgotten Gem
1 December 2017 | by winter-fireSee all my reviews

Watched this for the first time last night and was blown away....

Before directors like Tarantino did the whole convoluted stories of multiple characters that all join up trick that became popular in the 90's and still remains a staple of some crime films now, there was this offering from director Ron Peck.

The film is a brilliant snapshot of late 80's London and the stylish portrayal of the club in it really captures the feel of an 80's club.

Now, I'm going to rewatch but first time round the first half didn't do much for me, but when all the characters arrive at the club the film is named after it's just brilliant. The speech the arrogant young gangster who has been taken in by the allure of yuppie culture gives to his old school east end boss in the office is just brilliant and original. In fact there are no cliche's in what transpires at the club and it's sightly art-house cinematography makes it all the more compelling...

I'm curious now as to what other films pre Empire State used the wraparound narrative first, and in this film it's used to great effect.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Empire State - Die Nacht der Entscheidung See more »

Filming Locations:

East End, London, England, UK

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Team Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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