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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

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R | See all certifications »

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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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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

Martin Kemp who plays the oldest of the twins (Reggie) is actually younger than his brother Gary who plays the younger twin Ronnie. See more »

Goofs

Reg Kray takes Frances into her parents' garden where a 'decorative' garden gnome can be seen between them. Garden gnomes of the early 1960s were cast in plaster and painted but this one is of moulded plastic, a method of manufacture that wasn't used for this purpose until later. See more »

Quotes

Violet Kray: Shall I tell you my dream? I dreamed that I was a beautiful white swan. And I could fly anywhere, do anything. I ate fish and pecked at things with my beak. And I had this egg, a beautiful egg it was. And there were noises coming from inside the shell. And do you know what the noises were? They were - now listen carefully - they were children's voices. And I looked after this egg and kept it safe, until one day there was a hatching sound. And out came two boys and they were mine. And they were ...
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Alternate Versions

The infamous 'Chelsea Smile' scene was reduced in the UK cinema version but was later restored fully uncut for video releases after 2002. 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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Impressive.
9 October 2000 | by kah-5See all my reviews

This was an impressive movie: stylish, well played and atmospheric.

The greatest revelation was the talent of the Kemp Brothers (ex-Spandau Ballet) who were absolutely marvelous as the notorious Kray Twins. They portrayed the mixture of glamour, ruthlessness and family loyalty of these two brothers with much conviction.

The storyline seemed a little vague at times, and glossed over one or two episodes, but this was probably due to the compression of facts and didn't mar the feel of the movie as a whole. Quite frankly, it probably would have taken a mini-series to document all the things the real Twins were up to.

Billie Whitelaw was a standout as Violet Kray. Steven Berkoff over-acted as usual. Tom Bell was wonderful as always.

Not to be taken as absolute fact but is interestingly done and certainly gives an idea of the story behind these two well known villains.


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