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The Krays (1990)

This fact-based movie follows the life of the twin crime-lords in London's '60s underworld.

Director:

Peter Medak

Writer:

Philip Ridley
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billie Whitelaw ... Violet Kray
Tom Bell ... Jack 'The Hat' McVitie
Gary Kemp ... Ronald Kray
Martin Kemp ... Reggie Kray
Susan Fleetwood ... Rose
Charlotte Cornwell Charlotte Cornwell ... May
Kate Hardie ... Frances
Avis Bunnage Avis Bunnage ... Helen
Alfred Lynch ... Charlie Kray
Gary Love ... Steve
Steven Berkoff ... George Cornell
Jimmy Jewel ... Cannonball Lee
Barbara Ferris ... Mrs. Lawson
Victor Spinetti ... Mr. Lawson
John McEnery ... Eddie Pellam
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Storyline

The life of a pair of twins (Ronald and Reginald Kray) who were born in London in 1934 and when they grew up became gangsters selling protection. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Bonded by Blood See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Kray fivérek See more »

Filming Locations:

Bermondsey, London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,060,847
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Black and White (some footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Charlotte Cornwell, who plays May, met Charles Kray as research for this film; she discovered that he had a photo of her father Ronnie with his arms around the twins' shoulders (Ronnie did several jail sentences for fraud). See more »

Goofs

The movie depicts the murders of George Cornell and Jack "The Hat" McVitie as taking place on the same evening. In reality, George Cornell was shot by Ron Kray on 9th March 1966 and Jack McVitie was stabbed to death by Reg Kray on 29th October 1967. See more »

Quotes

George Cornell: Well, well, well, all the pretty boys together, eh?
Steve: Piss off, Cornell.
George Cornell: How's your boyfriend, lately? Still in tears over his auntie?
Steve: You wanna watch your mouth.
George Cornell: You what?
Steve: I said, you wanna your mouth.
George Cornell: [grabbing him] Poofs don't warn anyone! You listening? You tell your fat poof friend he doesn't scare me! Oh, he's bringing over his Yankee friends from America, getting ideas a bit above his station, inn'he? Well, tell him he can own all he likes, but he's still tied to his mother's apron strings....
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Alternate Versions

The film's epilogue (which originally only explained the twins' prison sentences for their crimes) was updated on versions released for TV and video in 1995 to include an epitaph after Ronnie Kray's death that year. The same was done for Reggie, who died in 2000. See more »


Soundtracks

Balling the Jack
Performed by Jimmy Jewel
Written by Chris Smith and Jim Burris (as James Burris)
Published by Frances Day and Hunter Ltd
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Impressively underrated.
30 March 2013 | by busuttil1See all my reviews

I hadn't seen the ratings on IMDb until after watching the movie itself. I have to say, that is some harsh reviews there. The whole film was indeed enjoyable, it portrayed the Krays and London gang-lands as a whole, very well. There were moments in the film where it became very boring and quite monotonous, in the sense that it seemed as if it were never going to end, but the last thirty minutes really makes the film worth watching. After seeing Goodfellas and hearing that it was a lot like that but a little less funny and, of course, a lot more English-based, I expected quite a lot. Nevertheless, this film still surprised me and maintained to keep me on edge throughout the entirety of its showing. If I could give it any rating, I'd give it around 7.6, but I'd have to round this to 8. It's a brilliant film and it doesn't merely deserve 6.6 overall.


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