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TwentyFourSeven (1997)

In a typical English working-class town, the juveniles have nothing more to do than hang around in gangs. One day, Alan Darcy, a highly motivated man with the same kind of youth experience,... See full summary »

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Shane Meadows
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Nussbaum ... Tim
Toby Toby ... Woody
Bob Hoskins ... Alan Darcy
Bruce Jones ... Tim's Dad
Annette Badland ... Tim's Mother
Justin Brady Justin Brady ... Gadget
James Hooton James Hooton ... 'Wolfman' Knighty
Darren Campbell Darren Campbell ... Daz
Krishan Beresford Krishan Beresford ... Young Darcy
Karl Collins ... Stuart
Anthony Clarke Anthony Clarke ... Youngy
Johann Myers ... Benny
Jimmy Hynd Jimmy Hynd ... Meggy
Mat Hand Mat Hand ... Wesley Fagash
Dominic Dillon Dominic Dillon ... Court Security Man (as Lord Dominic Dillon of Eldon)
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In a typical English working-class town, the juveniles have nothing more to do than hang around in gangs. One day, Alan Darcy, a highly motivated man with the same kind of youth experience, starts trying to get the young people off the street and into doing something they can believe in: Boxing. Soon he opens a training facility which is accepted gratefully by them and the gangs start to grow together into friends. Darcy manages to organize a public fight for them to prove what they have learned. A training camp with hiking tours into the mountains of Wales forge the group into a tight-knit club society. With the day of the fight drawing closer, the young boxers get more and more excited. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong violence, language and drugs, and for strong scenes of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twentyfour Seven See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£43,339 (United Kingdom), 17 April 1998, Limited Release
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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The trip to Wales was actually filmed in the Pennines, a mountain chain in the middle of England. See more »

Quotes

Alan Darcy: It doesn't matter how much or how little you have; if you've never had anything to believe in you'll always be poor.
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References Neighbours (1985) See more »

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Look At The Fool
Performed by Tim Buckley
Written by Tim Buckley
Published by (c) 1974 Fifth Floor Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Administered in the UK by Carlin Music Corporation
Recording courtesy of (c) 1974 Manifesto Records, Inc.
All Rights Reserved - used by permission
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"If you lose your temper you lose everything"
13 September 2000 | by The_Movie_CatSee all my reviews

TwentyFourSeven is a pleasing film from director Shane Meadows who also acted and co-wrote the screenplay. Rather sensibly for a first-time endeavour, he's opted for a low-key work rather than the flashy fragmented works of other young debutantes (Guy Ritchie please take note).

The story is alarmingly simple and is thus: Alan Darcy (Bob Hoskins, excellent) helps out wayward youths in a harsh Northern town by running a boxing club. And that, basically, is it. The film perhaps plays on too narrow a canvass and it's "life is harsh" rhetoric can be mildly overstated. Witness the habitual drug user who turns up to a bout with the largest spliff in history. This guy does drugs, and in case you don't get the point, here's a telescopic joint that would bankrupt Columbia. Bruce Jones' wife-beater can also be a little one-dimensional, saved only by the actors' charm. Yet the fact that the screenplay is so modest in it's ambitions helps it immensely. A lesser talent would have thrown everything at the screen for his first full-length work, yet Meadows tells his tale and tells it well.

Dialogue that could veer towards slight pretention is saved by the wonderful Hoskins, while the real triumph is the black and white filming. This isn't the Schindler's List type of black and white; a dull grey that looks like a normal film with the colour control on your TV turned down. This is a dark, grimy black and white that takes away any contemporary restraints. Particularly notable are the scenes set against the woods and train car, and the pace they evoke. This is a film that doesn't drag but takes it's time with precision. It will entertain you and doesn't need to rush it. Impressive.


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