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Mad Dogs and Englishmen (1995)

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Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Hurley ... Antonia Dyer
C. Thomas Howell ... Mike (as C Thomas Howell)
Joss Ackland ... Insp. Sam Stringer
Claire Bloom ... Liz Stringer
Frederick Treves ... Sir Harry Dyer
Andrew Connolly ... Clive Nathan
Christopher Adamson ... Max Quinlan (as Chris Adamson)
Brett Forrest Brett Forrest
David Harewood ... Jessop
Louise Delamere ... Sandy
Paula Hamilton Paula Hamilton ... Charlie
Jeremy Brett ... Tony Vernon-Smith
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcus Bentley Marcus Bentley ... Photographer's Assistant
Cheryl Doll Cheryl Doll ... Young Antonia
Nicola Duffett ... Diane
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High society, high times, and no end in sight. Shameless is an emotionally charged story about heroin, high living and the dramatic power of love as the last chance for survival. In the tradition of Leaving Las Vegas, Antonia begins a slow descent into the self-destructive world of heroin addiction, when she meets Mike, in a chance encounter. At first she merely uses Mike to run errands to get the drugs she desperately needs. But after a night of passion, Antonia begins to fall in love and Mike knows he must use all of his resources to help Antonia overcome her habit soon or... it may kill her. Written by B. Butler

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Murder, Vice, Corruption... All good English values. See more »


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Rated R for strong drug use and for violence, sexuality, and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1995 (UK) See more »

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Shameless See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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The Drug Squad officer was originally to be called MacKenzie but was renamed Stringer at a late stage because there was a real-life MacKenzie at Scotland Yard. See more »

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"Shameless" misuse of Jeremy Brett
5 December 2006 | by Grrl.comSee all my reviews

I don't usually make a point to watch films this bad (predictable plot, laughable dialog, horrible music soundtrack, etc), but when I saw that my all-time favorite actor Jeremy Brett had a brief but memorable role in "Shameless" (originally titled "Mad Dogs and Englishmen"), I couldn't resist. It's a bizarre experience to witness an actor -- who so perfectly embodied the iconic Sherlock Holmes in the beloved Granada TV series -- appear in such an odd role of a drug-supplying sugar daddy. It's even odder to see a glimpse of him in a modern-day sexual scene with a young woman. Regardless, as usual, he stole the movie even if he was only barely in it. I only wished the director has used Brett to his fullest talents instead of as an aside eccentric.

A young Elizabeth Hurley makes a mediocre attempt to portray a bored little rich girl with drug problems and C. Thomas Howell does his best to seem sexy in a grunge biker kind of way. But Brett's booming voice, subtle expressions and dynamic presence wakes you up for just long enough to pay attention to his character. Once he disappears from the screen, you realize all too soon that the rest of the film is worthless. It takes a great actor to lift up a role from the muck, and I'm sorry to see that this was Brett's only chance to do a modern-day storyline from his usual historic epics before he passed away.

He briefly commented in an interview why he did the role, and soon realized the film was a disaster.

On "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" (1995)-- "I was mad to do it, but I wanted to show the world that I was still alive and I could do other things apart from Sherlock Holmes. I hope they don't release it..."


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