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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

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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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 »

Company Credits

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BBC Northern Ireland See more »
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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Northern Ireland: You don't know if they're Protestant or Catholic, Republicans or Unionists. All you know is that someone is either on the way to their death or on their way to kill somebody. See more »

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Referenced in Memories of: Elephant (2004) See more »

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Slacker with double barrel shotguns
26 September 2017 | by danieljfennerSee all my reviews

This short film serves two purposes. It provides a chilling perspective on the anonymity of civil conflict and it offers a meditation on violence in the media. The premise is equally primitive and thought- provoking.

It simply follows around random, casually dressed men (who look like members of The Smiths and Big Country) as they slay other men in dilapidated Belfast settings. The minimal soundtrack of footsteps and gunfire creates a hypnotic and creepy atmosphere. All of the sound and lack thereof is necessary. The closeups of the handguns are necessary, as are the lingering shots of post-mortem bodies. Seconds can feel like minutes. Clarke's attempt to confront the audience forces us to ponder the dehumanization of The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

The irony behind the appeal of this film is that for those who wish to watch violent action movies just for the sake of the spectacle of violence will be the most disappointed. That is exactly why this film is so important. It numbs us to violence. The lack of a narrative provides us the question of why we want to see what we are seeing. To turn gratuitous, prolonged violence into something boring becomes a statement on how desensitized a society can become to death and war.


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