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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.

Director:

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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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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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

SE8 Group,EuropaCorp See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Janet is played by director Gary Oldman's sister, Laila Morse. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Danny: You want it? You want it with me?
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Connections

Featured in Especial Cannes: 50 Anos de Festival (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Sheila
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An unpleasant slice of life
27 March 2006 | by gwailo247See all my reviews

I have a very hard time watching this movie. This is not a movie to put in for a relaxing night at home, as its very painful to watch. This is reality. These are situations that are happening right now in homes across the world.

This movie is extremely powerful in its portrayal of a working class British family, as the struggle with problems such as drug and domestic abuse. The acting is simply amazing. It practically transcends acting and you feel that you are watching real people struggle through these things. Its a reality show in which the people don't know they're being watched.

This film is a tough journey to take, as its very painful and emotional, but it is ultimately rewarding to sit through it and reach the conclusion.

Very highly recommended, but be warned, this movie pulls no punches and shows you life as it is.


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