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Nil by Mouth (1997)

A rough, short-tempered patriarch of a working class family has his life and the relationships around him slowly unravel.

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Gary Oldman

Writer:

Gary Oldman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Winstone ... Raymond
Kathy Burke ... Valerie
Charlie Creed-Miles ... Billy
Laila Morse Laila Morse ... Janet
Edna Doré Edna Doré ... Kath
Chrissie Cotterill Chrissie Cotterill ... Paula
Jon Morrison Jon Morrison ... Angus
Jamie Foreman ... Mark
Steve Sweeney ... Danny
Terry Rowley Terry Rowley ... M.C. in Club
Sam Miller Sam Miller ... Club Comic
Leah Fitzgerald Leah Fitzgerald ... Michelle
Gerry Bromfield Gerry Bromfield ... Drug Dealer
Neil Maskell ... Schmuddie
Sid Golder Sid Golder ... Old Guy in Window
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Storyline

The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making him live on his own. Raymond is generally a rough and even violent person, and that leads to problems in the life of the family. Written by Gustaf Molin <gustaf.molin@usa.net>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic drug use, non-stop strong language, brutal domestic violence and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Erään perheen elämästä See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

SE8 Group,EuropaCorp See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Oldman's original title for this film was "The Smoke," the 19th-century nickname for London. See more »

Goofs

A boom mic is visible in the supermarket parking lot. See more »

Quotes

Valerie: [to Ray] When you go out, you go out with your mates, and when you are in, you're pissed out and your brain's asleep in front of the fucking television. I turn the television off, go up to bed, you follow me up at three o'clock in the morning stinking of booze. That's what I get. Either that or you're knocking me about. I'm 30 today, you know, and I feel so fucking old. You know, I'm tired, you know, I wanna be able to look back and say, "Yeah, I had a bit of fun," you know, when I'm old, ...
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Peculiar Groove
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piercingly precise
12 June 2005 | by kylde-1See all my reviews

I WAS (allegorically) the Lil girl on the stairs watching it all, this film had me in tears literally, if you have been lucky enough NOT to have lived through this kind of abuse, rock on, but for those of us who have been there this is a shockingly accurate depiction, I cried all the way through (I used to have every Monday off school to get a new set of false teeth for my mother). This film is so close to the heart it is unbelievable, and I am only padding this out to make the minimum review length why should i need 10 lines of text why should i need 10 lines of textwhy should i need 10 lines of textwhy should i need 10 lines of textwhy should i need 10 lines of textwhy should i need 10 lines of text


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