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Twin Town (1997)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 9 May 1997 (USA)
Twin Town opens with wide sweeping shots of seaside Swansea; to be the place of action for the next one and a half hours. The serene setting with miles upon miles of old semi-detached ... See full summary »

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Kevin Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Llyr Ifans Llyr Ifans ... Julian Lewis (as Llyr Evans)
Rhys Ifans ... Jeremy Lewis
Dorien Thomas Dorien Thomas ... Greyo
Dougray Scott ... Terry Walsh
Buddug Williams Buddug Williams ... Mrs. Mort
Ronnie Williams Ronnie Williams ... Mr. Mort
Huw Ceredig Huw Ceredig ... Fatty Lewis
Rachel Scorgie Rachel Scorgie ... Adie Lewis
Di Botcher ... Jean Lewis
Mary Allen Mary Allen ... Olive
Paul Durden Paul Durden ... Taxi Driver
David Hayman ... Dodgy
Kevin Allen ... TV Presenter
Brian Hibbard Brian Hibbard ... Dai Reese
Morgan Hopkins Morgan Hopkins ... Chip Roberts
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Storyline

Twin Town opens with wide sweeping shots of seaside Swansea; to be the place of action for the next one and a half hours. The serene setting with miles upon miles of old semi-detached housing is suddenly cleaved apart by two young lads tearing through the neighbourhood in a two tone BMW 525. Julian and Jeremy are in deep trouble. Their dysfunctional family scrapes together a living from their dole money and odd-jobs offered to their father. The boys have long since turned to drug abuse and car theft leading a happy-go-lucky life in downtown no-hoper city. In due course the plot thickens as the boys are out for revenge against wealthy club owner Bryn who is not particularly helpful in providing compensation when their father is hit by an accident when working on his premises. The boys are fairly imaginative when it comes to planning their strike, culminating in scenes which all dog-haters and karaoke loathers will love. Written by Alexander Weidt <demos@cs.tu-berlin.de>

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Rugby. Tom Jones. Male Voice Choirs. Shirley Bassey. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantisiliogogogch. Snowdonia. Prince of Wales. Anthony Hopkins. Daffodils. Sheep. Sheep Lovers. Coal. Slate Quarries. The Blaenau Ffestiniog Dinkey-Doo Miniature Railway. Now If That's Your Idea Of Thousands Of Years Of Welsh Culture, You Can't Blame Us For Trying To Liven The Place Up A Little Can You? See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cidade dos Gémeos See more »

Filming Locations:

South Wales, Wales, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$74,188, 1 June 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Set in Swansea, Wales, which was the birthplace of Dylan Thomas. He referred to the town as "the graveyard of ambition". See more »

Quotes

Terry: Three words? They hired a poet to do three fucking words?
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Alternate Versions

The American video/laserdisc version contains a pretitle scene with the Lewis twin in a Moroccan jail. They explain to the audience that Twin Town was filmed in Swansea, South Wales and not in any of the Swanseas in the US. There's also some banter about the thick accents which can be summarized as "pay attention." Director Kevin Allen plays the Moroccan jailer. See more »

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References Fargo (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Bad Behaviour
Written by Huw Bunford, Cian Ciaran, Dafydd Ieuan, Guto Pryce and Gruff Rhys
Performed by Super Furry Animals
Courtesy of Creation Records/The Licensed Repertoire Division of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd
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Welsh rares**t
31 August 2000 | by Joseph_GillisSee all my reviews

I'm nothing if not open-minded and so when I saw that "Twin Town" was scheduled to be broadcast on British Channel 4 television and having read the many favourable comments of IMDB reviewers I decided to "give it a chance" despite my reluctance to devote time to view which had been prompted by the unanimous thumbs-down given it by local critics.

I mean: bent coppers; wild and wacky joy-riding twins; revenge plot; karaoke acts; world record for use of word f**k in a movie.

How can it fail?

I'm still asking myself that question.

Much as I regret to say it and, while I won't go so far as to say that it was a waste of two hours, (actually it's not that long), I have to say that this film is a total mess. Almost uniformly lousy acting, witless dialogue, erratic pacing, more boringly inappropriate use of the word f**k than I've heard in any movie. And an ending which was signposted about 5 minutes into the film.

Even the much lauded "twins": rather than being wild and wacky, in their limited time on-screen more often than not they came across as being about as charismatic and threatening as wet blankets. And the sex bits reminded me of those awful "Confessions" movies starring Robin Askwith (maybe that's coloured my judgment of the movie)

Despite my fingers being ready and willing to type a longer review my brain just refuses to send any further list of defects to them.

Best bit and maybe only redeeming feature: When the bent copper beat up a boy's band member because they wouldn't get out of the road.(I laughed out loud!!) Or maybe that was because of the idea that scene gave me: what about enlisting the entire crew to give the same treatment to Boyzone, WestLife and the rest of the collective monstrosity known as Boy Bands. Because they'll hardly be snowed under with job offers after this.

I won't be giving it another chance which saddens me to say, speaking as a fellow Celt.

Sorry, boyos its V for Vile!


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