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Elephant (1989)

Not Rated | | Short, Crime, Drama | TV Short 25 January 1989
A depiction of a series of violent killings in Northern Ireland with no clue as to exactly who is responsible.

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Alan Clarke
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Walker Gary Walker
Bill Hamilton Bill Hamilton
Michael Foyle Michael Foyle
Danny Small Danny Small
Robert J. Taylor Robert J. Taylor ... (as Robert Taylor)
Joe Cauley Joe Cauley
Noel McGee Noel McGee
Patrick Condren Patrick Condren
Andrew Downs Andrew Downs
Terry Doyle Terry Doyle ... (as Terence Doyle)
Michael Liebmann Michael Liebmann
Gavin Bloomer Gavin Bloomer
Barry Brent Barry Brent
Paul Nemeer Paul Nemeer
Sam Doyle Sam Doyle
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A depiction of a series of violent killings in Northern Ireland with no clue as to exactly who is responsible.

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Short | Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1989 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Слон See more »

Filming Locations:

Northern Ireland, UK See more »

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BBC Northern Ireland See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Director Alan Clarke's final film. See more »

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6 June 2014 | by noonwardSee all my reviews

No context given. No story to narrate. No elaborate set pieces or character actors. Maybe about 2 lines of dialogue. What else is there? Only the brutal reality of a country's dirty little secret. Many films about touchy political issues are analysed through a character's interpretation of how they think or how a particular story plays out but Clarke plays it out simply: people are dying... never mind the other stuff, death is caused through our own inability to absorb other people's views. The end factor being death is all that really needs to be shown to get the point across. Clarke makes fantastic use of tracking shots, slipping left and right and around to follow a person into their death.

It's provocative and probably the best TV movie ever made. I can't imagine people sitting down at night, tuning into the BBC and wondering what they should think about this mini masterpiece.


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