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Face (1997)

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In the face of demise in his values, a socialist in England decides to form a gang and rob banks for a living.

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Antonia Bird

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Ronan Bennett (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Carlyle ... Ray
Ray Winstone ... Dave
Steve Sweeney ... Weasel
Gerry Conlon ... Vince
Leon Black Leon Black ... Robbie
David Boateng David Boateng ... Lionel
Lena Headey ... Connie
Eddie Nestor Eddie Nestor ... Pearse
Steven Waddington ... Stevie
Christine Tremarco Christine Tremarco ... Sarah
Andrew Tiernan ... Chris
Sue Johnston ... Alice
Damon Albarn ... Jason
Phil Davis ... Julian (as Philip Davis)
Hazel Douglas ... Linda
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Ray is an aging ex-socialist who has become a bankrobber after seeing the demise of socialism in 1980s Britain. Teaming up with a gang of other has-beenish crims, he commits one bank job too many. The gang dissolves in a murderous flurry of recriminations. Written by <sethj@johnbrown.co.uk>

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The blag to kill for. Only one of them meant it for real.

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1997 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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The character Vince, who at the start of the film is the drug dealer robbed by Ray and Dave, is played by Gerry Conlon (b 1 March 1954; d 21 June 2014) who - in real life - was one of the 'Guildford Four' wrongly convicted of the 1974 IRA bombing of two pubs in the English town of Guildford.

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A working class hero was something to be.
26 May 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Some people will mention "reservoir dogs" but the subject of the movie is hackneyed ;its granddaddy is probably Huston's while the city sleeps" (1950).What is new is the main character's lost illusions.Once politically committed ,he used to follow his mother's path,demonstrating in the streets singing power to the people right on or other slogans .Now the mother has found a new companion,the hero 's partner,Connie, the subject of one of the biggest euphemisms in the British cinema .Carlyle and his" gang" staged a hold-up,unbeknownst to her but "do not panic ,Connie,you have nothing to worry about".

Generally it's the director and his favorite actress,but Carlyle and Bird are the rather unusual team of a female director and her favorite actor.And it works ,because of the rapport they have.It's a violent movie with a lot of blood and death.Its main drawback is it's almost impossible to believe Carlyle 's character was once a commie :the short flashbacks are very superficial.he never hints at it,and the audience is unable to relate to what were once his ideals.


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