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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bella
... Tim
Michael Cule ... Norman
... Reggie
... Small One
... The Quiet One
Nicholas Hewetson ... Bitter One
... Serial Killer
Jack Galloway ... David
... Bascombe
... Nimrod
Shaughan Seymour ... Charles
Mark Burns ... Mr. Brown
... Stan
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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Bella has decided to take out a few men.

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11 July 1997 (USA)  »

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Death is Waiting  »

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On the board on the front of the gun shop, the telephone number has had the area code changed from 0727, St. Albans, Hertfordshire to 0273, Brighton, East Sussex where the film is set. See more »

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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 »

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Bitter One: Have you ever been penetrated from behind?
Small One: [Notices Bella get something from her bag] She's got an alarm.
Bitter One: No one ever comes. No one will even hear.
Bella: I know!
Bitter One: Bend over the hood!
The Quiet One: Chop chop!
Small One: Three city slickers, inside your knickers...
Bitter One: Get on with it...
[Bella shoots Small One in the abdomen]
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Parting Shots (2010) See more »

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Bella
Written by Don Black and David Fanshawe
Sung by Tony Burrows
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DEATH WISH On A Menstreul Cycle ? Not Really
8 January 2005 | by See 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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