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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.'

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Paul W.S. Anderson (as Paul Anderson)

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Paul W.S. Anderson (as Paul Anderson)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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


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

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Country:

UK | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fosztogatók négy keréken See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

All actors had extensive training in stunt driving. See more »

Quotes

Billy: I stole cars at school. Take them over at break. Leave it parked outside the gates and at the end of the day I was the only kid to drive home. I was a fucking hero.
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Referenced in The Erotic Misadventures of the Invisible Man (2003) See more »

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Soundtrack, visuals redeeming features
22 September 2004 | by donkeyfurSee all my reviews

Having read all the other reviews on this site, I notice that most people either completely hate the film or completely love it. I take the middle ground. I greatly enjoyed the visual elements, both with regard to the good-looking leads and the stylish camera work. I enjoy a film where I can pick out performers from other films and this one offered a few. I recognized Jason Isaacs (Captain Hook in the recent "Peter Pan" film), for one. That being said I was disappointed that Sean Bean's part was so small. However, I was glad Marianne Faithful's role was only a small cameo. It is painful to me to see her looking so haggard.

I also enjoyed the pulsating soundtrack and believe that, with an inferior effort, the film would be even less appealing.

As others have pointed out, there's not much of a plot, but, beyond that, it was difficult to sympathize with the characters -- other than the police! The law officers in this film were not portrayed as sadistic or even unlikable. Frustrated, yes. The "protagonists" had no redeeming characteristics other than youth, good looks and energy. The film seems to present the viewpoint that the police deserved the treatment they received from the thugs. To me, the film produces a nihilistic, 'who gives a damn' about anything attitude. It made me think about anarchy: after "the system" is demolished, with what will it be replaced?

I'm probably waxing too philosophical about a movie that never even aspired to such musings. The producers probably just wanted to give a youthful audience the smash 'em up, 'wham bam thank you ma'am' form of entertainment many seem to want. (Witness "The Fast and the Furious" and Vin Diesel's "XXX" among others.) I like a bit of action, too, but I prefer to care about someone or something along the line.

Nevertheless, I maintain that I have seen worse films. I confess to an admiration of British films and actors that causes me to overlook aspects of a movie that I don't like in order to focus on what I consider to be redeeming features. For example, I found Sean Pertwee's character in this film interesting, even if the character is what we Americans like to call a "scumbag". The bottom line, to me, is that the positives -- including the soundtrack, visual elements, and interesting cast -- outweigh the negatives. I bought the film at what you British call a jumble sale for $2.00 (American money), so I'm not out a lot of loot in any case. I will keep the film alongside "Love, Honour and Obey", another second-hand bargain I found along the way. It too, has redeeming features.


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