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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

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Mike Leigh
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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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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The uncut shot of Johnny and Brian in silhouette, where Johnny expounds on his convoluted apocalyptic conspiracy theory, was shot in 26 takes, but Mike Leigh ended up using one of the earliest takes, as he felt it was best. See more »

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[last lines]
Sandra: What is your problem?
Johnny: What's *your* problem?
Sandra: All these silly questions and...
Johnny: Well look - I've never met a nurse before and I'm just interested in, uh, well in life. I mean, do you think it's worth saving?
Sandra: Of course I do. But there is a time and a place and actually this isn't the time or...
Johnny: The place?
Sandra: No. And this is where I...
Johnny: Live?
Sandra: Yes, and I'm not feeling very...
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An existential nightmare
16 October 2001 | by DadgeSee all my reviews

Not an easy watch, for two reasons: first, this is an uncosmeticized view of 90's England, with little light in the dark; and second, much of the dialogue is difficult for non-Brits to follow. It's easy to spot this is a Mike Leigh film: the gritty realism, working-class characters and improvisation; but it's certainly harder-hitting than the likes of 'Secrets and Lies' or 'Life is Sweet'. But I prefer it to those other films because they suffer from overstylized characterization. What made this one of the best (and most critically-acclaimed) films of the 90s was David Thewlis's bravura performance as Johnny. Johnny is the plot, really. He turns aimless wandering around nocturnal London into an artform, especially the surreal visit with the security guard. Being a fellow northerner, I can see echoes of myself in Johnny, which no doubt adds to the film's appeal for me. But I'd recommend it to any intelligent viewer, not least because of the contrast it throws up between nihilism and nothingarianism.


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