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Shopping (1994)

You've run out of options, no school, no job. Steal a car, smash a shop with a heavy car and reap the proceeds! This movie is about underground England. The causes, the benefits, and the result of a life of 'crash and carry.'


Paul W.S. Anderson (as Paul Anderson)


Paul W.S. Anderson (as Paul Anderson)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sadie Frost ... Jo
Jude Law ... Billy
Sean Pertwee ... Tommy
Fraser James ... Be Bop
Sean Bean ... Venning
Marianne Faithfull ... Bev
Jonathan Pryce ... Conway
Daniel Newman Daniel Newman ... Monkey (as Danny Newman)
Lee Whitlock Lee Whitlock ... Pony
Ralph Ineson ... Dix
Eamonn Walker ... Peters (as Eammon Walker)
Jason Isaacs ... Market Trader
Chris Constantinou Chris Constantinou ... Yuppie
Tilly Vosburgh Tilly Vosburgh ... Mrs. Taylor
Melanie Hill ... Sarah


Lone group of teens, led by recently released joyrider and his disenchanted Belfast girlfriend, strives to leave their mark on "a British city in the near future" while attempting to avoid a rival gang. Scenes of joyriding and ram-raiding, which attempt to portray the addictiveness of fast driving whilst also showing the downside (the effect on the community and ultimately death) Written by Andrew Welsh <andreww@bnr.ca>

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Crash & Carry

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/mayhem, pervasive language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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UK | Japan



Release Date:

9 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fosztogatók négy keréken See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was widely criticized when it was released in the UK for glamorizing and encouraging criminal behavior. See more »


Billy: [to Jo] This is the 90s. Sex isn't safe any more.
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Referenced in The Erotic Misadventures of the Invisible Man (2003) See more »

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Such a pointless movie to watch.
17 June 2011 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This movie is really lacking a point. What kind of story were they trying to tell? Was there even a purpose or message to this all?

Paul W.S. Anderson always has sort of been the king of mediocre movies. I have yet to see a Paul W.S. Anderson movie that is above the level of average. Not that his movies are horrible either, some of them are quite enjoyable but they just fail to make an impact in any way.

All that this story is about are a bunch of rebellious teens being lazy and act as if the police are the biggest scum and villains on the Earth, while they are the ones breaking about ever law and causing mayhem, by stealing and wrecking stuff. It could had been a good or at least interesting story if it tried to make a statement about anything but the movie never does. At least I didn't get anything out of the story at all.

It also doesn't exactly make any of the characters likable or compelling ones to watch and follow throughout this movie, despite that they are being played by some big name actors. Not that they were being big at the time yet. The movie features a still very young Jude Law and Sadie Frost and a supporting cast that among other consist out of Sean Bean, Jonathan Pryce and Jason Isaacs. Most of the characters however also make a pretty redundant impression. It tries to be a simple movie with a simple story but yet in throws in all these many pointless characters.

It's not the worst movie you'll ever see but it's such a pointless and redundant movie to watch that there is no reason why you really should ever watch it in the first place.



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