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Dirty Weekend (1993)

Shortly after she moves into her own flat in Brighton, Bella finds she is being spied on and generally harassed by a man living across from her. Finally driven to solving the problem with a... See full summary »

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Michael Winner

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Helen Zahavi (novel), Michael Winner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lia Williams ... Bella
Rufus Sewell ... Tim
Michael Cule Michael Cule ... Norman
David McCallum ... Reggie
Christopher Ryan ... Small One
Sean Pertwee ... The Quiet One
Nicholas Hewetson Nicholas Hewetson ... Bitter One
Christopher Adamson ... Serial Killer
Jack Galloway Jack Galloway ... David
Matthew Marsh ... Bascombe
Ian Richardson ... Nimrod
Shaughan Seymour Shaughan Seymour ... Charles
Mark Burns Mark Burns ... Mr. Brown
David Schaal ... Stan
Matthew Long Matthew Long ... Gun Shop Assistant
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Shortly after she moves into her own flat in Brighton, Bella finds she is being spied on and generally harassed by a man living across from her. Finally driven to solving the problem with a hammer, she realises she is then ready for a crusade against other such problem males. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Bella has decided to take out a few men.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death is Waiting See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The gun shop used in the film was a real shop based in Park Street, St. Albans in Hertfordshire and is still going strong today. See more »

Goofs

When Bella and her friends leave the restaurant, the telephone number on the canopy starts with 01, showing that this clip was filmed in London, not Brighton where this part of the film is set. See more »

Quotes

Bitter One: [the three men are molesting an elderly homeless lady] Eugh she's got warts!
Small One: Witches... have warts.
Bitter One: What we have here is an environmental problem.
The Quiet One: So how do we solve it?
Bitter One: Lets burn the witch!
The Quiet One: Ashes to ashes...
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Alternate Versions

Although the cinema version was uncut the 1995 video release was cut by 1 min 22 secs by the BBFC to reduce blows from a hammer murder, a man being suffocated with a plastic bag, and suggested shots of oral sex and Bella vomiting during the car park rape scene. The 2006 DVD release features the same cut print. See more »

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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Parting Shots (2010) See more »

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Summer Song
written by Richard Goby and Laurence Carrington-Windo
published by Sony Music Publishing
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DEATH WISH On A Menstreul Cycle ? Not Really
8 January 2005 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Despite having a vigilante theme it's very difficult to believe that Michael Winner had anything to do with this movie . All through the running the subtext screams " Men are sexual sadists , you can't trust any of them , kill them all " which is far closer to a deluded feminist world view , and what ever you think of Mr Winner there's no way you can describe him as a feminist . But the penny drops the more the film goes on when you realise it's not meant to be a serious film and couldn't have been made by a serious film maker

The plot revolves around a woman called Bella who moves to Brighton and is the victim of a stalker who phones her when she's alone , though the stalker is both written and played in such an over the top manner that he's somewhat difficult to take seriously . Bella then takes advice from an Iranian clairvoyent ( As I'm sure anyone in her situation would do ) then it's revenge against the penis people all the way

As you can imagine I had this sussed out as a role reversal of DEATH WISH but about two thirds of the way through the entire tone of the movie changes when we're introduced to " The lady in red and spanky fat boy " . I wasn't convinced farcical black comedy was part of the masterplan at development stage , it's like Winner and co have got fed up making a straightforward revenge drama and had decided to lighten things up a little . Unfortunately the production started off bad and this black comedy element makes the film even worse

DIRTY WEEKEND is a bad movie , badly written , badly produced and badly cast ( Lia Williams goes through the movie with one expression ) but what makes it really bad is the offensive portrayal of men . There are a lot of nasty b@stards out there but it's ridiculous the way Bella runs into every creep , pervert and rapist in the country which gives coincidence a bad name . Though perhaps the movie isn't supposed to be taken seriously and I guess some people might see the movie as a guilty pleasure


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