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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 »


Hanif Kureishi


Hanif Kureishi




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


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

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






Release Date:

13 December 1991 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

London Kills Me - levottomat jalat See more »


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Did You Know?


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 »


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I was in this movie
6 July 2004 | by bob-1075See all my reviews

as an extra. To be honest I always thought it would be bad - and sure enough - it is. Hanif was pretty well organised on set - but his 2nd Assistant did more. I thought Justin Chadwick was mis-cast. I am in the last scene in the cafe and I am badly cut earlier on - walking past the cafe then suddenly leaping back 10 paces (only I would notice though)

The problem with it is that even with Brad Dourif in it (met him - nice guy) the film has absolutely no international appeal whatsoever. It is so mired in the late eighties - early nineties that is has no universality and the world it portrays - a rather dull UK with a wasted Alun Armstrong as an Elvis impersonator - is completely misleading for any international viewer.

It's interesting that Hanif hasn't flooded the world since with stuff he's directed - no surprise on this evidence - he's a great writer - stick to that.

The £90 I got went on fares and food - shame it didn't put me off a career as an actor - might have stopped me wasting 2 years at drama school!

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