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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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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1997 (UK) See more »

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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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One of the all time British greats!
5 March 2008 | by nowanunomeSee all my reviews

This is one of the best British Gangster movies of all time! Sadly overlooked. Robert Carlyle is brilliant and authentic in his delivery as a gang leader with a conscience. Like 'Clockers' this is a movie that makes you think. This is not just a gangster/robbery movie. It looks into the lives of each character and their interaction with society and each other. It looks at trust and conscience. The dialog is the best I have heard in this sort of movie and very real. Brilliant performances from all! Great story and ending. Why this was not promoted properly at the time I don't know. Its better than the middle class made Lock Stock, and on a par with The Long Good Friday. Watch and enjoy.


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