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Naked (1993)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Drama | 4 February 1994 (USA)
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Parallel tales of two sexually obsessed men, one hurting and annoying women physically and mentally, one wandering around the city talking to strangers and experiencing dimensions of life.

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Mike Leigh

Writer:

Mike Leigh
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Thewlis ... Johnny
Lesley Sharp ... Louise
Katrin Cartlidge ... Sophie
Greg Cruttwell Greg Cruttwell ... Jeremy
Claire Skinner ... Sandra
Peter Wight ... Brian
Ewen Bremner ... Archie
Susan Vidler ... Maggie
Deborah MacLaren Deborah MacLaren ... Woman in Window
Gina McKee ... Cafe Girl
Carolina Giammetta ... Masseuse
Elizabeth Berrington ... Giselle
Darren Tunstall Darren Tunstall ... Poster Man
Robert Putt Robert Putt ... Chauffeur
Lynda Rooke Lynda Rooke ... Victim
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Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ranting at strangers, and meeting characters in plights very much like his own. Written by John Hartnup <hartnupj@cs.aston.ac.uk>

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When unbalance leads to submission

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mike Leigh's Naked See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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$1,769,305
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Dolby

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Lesley Sharp and David Thewlis later co-starred in Dandelion Dead (1994) (1994). See more »

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Brian: Would you like a mint?
Johnny: Is this a new policy? Ply the culprit with menthol?
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Savage, Brutal, Brilliant.
2 June 2006 | by El_Farmerino_EsqSee all my reviews

There are precious few movies to which I would give a perfect rating and none so difficult to justify as Naked. Indeed, when I mention the depth of my appreciation for the film most who have seen it tend to reel in horror whilst deriding its unpleasantness...

So how do I justify it? I could witter on about the brilliance of David Thewlis' performance, the excellent support cast, the devastatingly witty dialogue and Leigh's assured direction until the cows came home, but this still wouldn't totally do it. I can't say a lot about the plot because, well, there isn't a great deal of plot to speak of. So what is it?

I'll tell you what it is: it's the honesty of it. The brutal, searing, sickening honesty. Here is a film unafraid to hold a mirror up to the dark, venal, destructive underbelly of our society - a film that portrays relentlessly and unflinchingly a side of our character which we'd prefer to simply sweep under the carpet. It takes everything that is immoral, degenerate and depraved in modern society and smears it all over the screen in a grubby orgy of loathing. It is not simply a movie with teeth but one with rabid, venomous, acid-tipped fangs, tearing and gnashing at our pompous ideas about our own natures.

There are many movies which are fantastically enjoyable and make for a sterling night out with friends and family. This is not one of them. Naked is disturbing, unpleasant, frightening and utterly bleak. It is also quite brilliant.


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