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Small Faces (1996)

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Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1968. But while Bobby and ... See full summary »

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Gillies MacKinnon (as Gillies Mackinnon)

Writers:

Billy MacKinnon (as Billy Mackinnon), Gillies MacKinnon (as Gillies Mackinnon)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Iain Robertson Iain Robertson ... Lex Maclean
Joe McFadden ... Alan Maclean (as Joseph McFadden)
Steven Duffy Steven Duffy ... Bobby Maclean (as J.S. Duffy)
Laura Fraser ... Joanne Macgowan
Garry Sweeney ... Charlie Sloan
Clare Higgins ... Lorna Maclean
Kevin McKidd ... Malky Johnson
Mark McConnochie Mark McConnochie ... Gorbals
Steven Singleton Steven Singleton ... Welch
David Walker David Walker ... Fabio
Ian McElhinney ... Uncle Andrew
Paul Doonan Paul Doonan ... Jake
Colin Semple Colin Semple ... Dowd
Colin McCredie ... Doug
Debbie Welsh Debbie Welsh ... Rebecca
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Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1968. But while Bobby and Alan are beginning to experience the power of raging hormones, the story focuses on Lex, who begins a downward spiral after he accidentally shoots the leader of Bobby's gang. Lex's cockiness and immaturity unfortunately prevent him from understanding the effect his subsequent crimes will have on both himself, and on those around him. Written by Ary Luiz Dalazen Jr. <ajr@fortalnet.com.br>

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fúria nas Ruas See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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The film takes place in 1968. See more »

Quotes

Lex Maclean: [about a sick-looking portrait by Bacon] It looks just like our Bobby after a bad night out!
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Edited into Screen Two: Small Faces (1998) See more »

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One Of The Better Films To Have Been Produced In Scotland
6 December 2005 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

SMALL FACES is a Scottish film set in Glasgow during the late 1960s and follows the lives of three brothers from the Maclean family : Bobby a member of the Glen Gang , Alan who has ambitions of going to art school and Lex a thirteen year old boy and like the character of Taylor in PLATOON where the main character finds himself being split between the violent pragmatism of Barnes and the humanity of Elias young Lex is split between what brother makes the better role model

It's a complex tale that is character driven which explains why none of the comments on this page has really gone in to the plot details and if you're expecting a violent tale with youths slashing each other with razors every five minutes then you'll be disappointed . There is violence of course and some people may bleat that it lives up to the " Glesga keelie " stereotype but I disagree and it's interesting to note that the traditional battle lines of Glasgow gangs being drawn from their ethnic background ( Irish Catholic and Scottish Protestants ) is never discussed .

Despite having a small budget director Gillies MacKinnon makes the most of what he's got and watch the scenes where characters view Tongland ( Is it the notorious Gorbals ? ) which resembles a bleak alien city . The cast are uniformly excellent with veterans like Clare Higgins and Ian McElhinney appearing alongside up and coming Scottish actors like Kevin McKidd and Laura Fraser but the two best performances are by Iain Robertson as Lex and Garry Sweeney as gang leader Charlie Sloan which is just as well since most of the movie rests or falls on these two characters , though strangely neither young actor has gone on to have a sparkling career which is a pity


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