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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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When People are afraid of you, You can do anything. Remember that. 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The real life Kray twins disliked this film because it portrayed their mum swearing. See more »

Goofs

Ronnie was in hiding when Frances died,and didn't attend her funeral. See more »

Quotes

[to Ronnie and Reggie, aged three]
Violet Kray: Who loves you, eh? That's right, Mummy loves you, you little monsters. Mummy loves you more than anything - more than all the cakes, more than all the jewellery, more than all the chocolate in the world.
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Connections

Referenced in Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Walk Away
Performed by Matt Monro
Written by Udo Jürgens and Don Black
Published by Ardmore and Beechwood Ltd
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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Not bad entertainment
26 August 2005 | by Sulla-2See all my reviews

Not bad entertainment but not good enough for a classic. Some people have mentioned that the Krays gave their approval to the script. This was a bad thing. Now they are both dead. The Kray story should be done again, probably on TV as a mini series of about 6 hours to give the whole thing justice. We could then include more details of their life of crime, their arrests and trial. The Kemp brothers do not look alike at all but the Krays also looked different as they got older. Martin Kemp would pass for Reggie if he was a bit stockier but Gary Kemp is nothing like Big Ronnie. The overall impression of the film was that they were the leaders of a gang of teddy boys rather than the biggest gangsters in London. If the story is retold we need better casting for the twins and they need not necessarily be brothers.


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