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London Kills Me (1991)

For want of a nail a shoe was lost, for want of a shoe... a young man's life is almost lost, which is exactly what this film is all about: a man barely twenty who wants desperately to pull ... See full summary »

Director:

Hanif Kureishi

Writer:

Hanif Kureishi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Chadwick ... Clint Eastwood
Fiona Shaw ... Headley
Brad Dourif ... Hemingway the Restaurant Manager
Naveen Andrews ... Bike
Stevan Rimkus Stevan Rimkus ... Tom Tom
Emer McCourt ... Sylvie
Steven Mackintosh ... Muffdiver
Tony Haygarth ... Burns
Joseph Alessi Joseph Alessi ... Plainclothes Policeman
David Hounslow ... Plainclothes Policeman
Ben Peel Ben Peel ... DJ at Party
Danny John-Jules ... Black Man at Party
Oliver Kester Oliver Kester ... Black Thug at Party
Paudge Behan Paudge Behan ... White Thug at Party
Nick Dunning ... Faulkner
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Storyline

For want of a nail a shoe was lost, for want of a shoe... a young man's life is almost lost, which is exactly what this film is all about: a man barely twenty who wants desperately to pull out of London's drug world by taking a job as a waiter in a 'normal' restaurant. But to do this he must come up with a "sensible pair of shoes," an item that his homeless meanderings hasn't provided him. In fact, the shoes become a symbol of his striving to break away from those, like himself, who are caught up in the tragedy of drugs and lasciviousness which is so aptly described... sometimes graphically, always realistically... in this film. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1991 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

London Kills Me See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,209, 9 August 1992

Gross USA:

$170,667

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$170,667
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Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The title "London Kills me" was suggested to Hanif Kureishi by David Byrne who was just coming from Madrid. In the 80's "Madrid Me Mata"(Madrid Kills Me) was a well known phrase that became popular due to the Magazine "Madrid Me Mata" created and directed by Oscar Mariné (who will later design Film posters for Spanish directors like Almodovar, Medem and De La Iglesia). Soon in the 90's the well known phrase will be used to express the love/hate relationship of certain artists with the city they live in. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Day in a Life 2016 LP Low Res (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Baina Nakhill
by Hasan Erraji
Riverboat Records; Hasan Erraji Music
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17 February 1999 | by danalukeSee all my reviews

If I'm to like a movie, I need to care about the lead characters and what happens to them. In this waste-pod of a film, I found myself hoping that they would all die in the end. None of the characters are people that you'd ever want to meet, they all made me sick. If not for a few nude scenes, I would have given this wretched movie a 1.


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