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The Debt Collector (1999)

Mean, gritty, dirty and low and that's just the Policeman Gary Keltie (Ken Stott) out for retribution for the horrendous crimes against the helpless people of Edinburgh during the nineteen ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Connolly ... Nickie Dryden
Ken Stott ... Gary Keltie
Francesca Annis ... Val Dryden
Iain Robertson ... Flipper
Annette Crosbie ... Lana
Alastair Galbraith ... Colquhoun
Shauna Macdonald ... Catriona (as Shauna MacDonald)
Sandy Neilson Sandy Neilson ... Duncan
Julie Wilson Nimmo Julie Wilson Nimmo ... Young Girl (as Julie Wilson-Nimmo)
Alan Francis Alan Francis ... Young man
James Thomson James Thomson ... Jobbie
Stephen Duguid Stephen Duguid ... Kev (as Steven Duguid)
Matt Costello Matt Costello ... Policeman (as Matt Costelloe)
Stuart Sinclair Blyth ... Policeman (as Stuart Blyth)
Gordon Orr Gordon Orr ... Scott
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Mean, gritty, dirty and low and that's just the Policeman Gary Keltie (Ken Stott) out for retribution for the horrendous crimes against the helpless people of Edinburgh during the nineteen seventies, by notorious, torturous, and killer, debt collector Nickie Dryden (Billy Connolly). This is as hard as they come; giants of their professions one with a trade that needs to be kept secret and the other holding a grudge. Shot around the beautiful City of Edinburgh years later, with it coarse language and criminal underclass, we see the wrath of spite, hate, jealousy and violent vengeance all in the final showdown of justice and with it its uncompromising final debt to society. Written by Cinema_Fan

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alamaailman velkoja See more »

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Opening Weekend:

£27,891 (United Kingdom), 13 June 1999, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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As a condition of funding from the Glasgow Film Fund, Glasgow locations stand in for most of the film's Edinburgh settings. See more »

Quotes

Val Dryden: Keltie came to the house today.
Nickie Dryden: That cunt came to the hoose?
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References Braveheart (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Medley: 'Orange and Blue', 'Diamond Stockings', 'Dancing in Islay', 'Calum Beag' (Traditional)
Arranged by Bobby Harvey
Performed by The Bobby Harvey Band
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Recommended!... This movie has heart and soul, though not all angelic.
8 September 2005 | by Kifaru-2See all my reviews

This is a clever movie. Investigators try to get into the mind of a criminal and become them. That takes obsession, but what happens when obsession takes you? It's a fact of life that most people would like to be the tough, bad guy and this seems to be where this movie gets it's ideas. A life time on stage has prepared Connolly well. His performance is admirable. Admittedly, it's been about 3 years since I seen this film as I write this, though I remember strong feelings associated with it. There's something very real about it. I don't want to spoil this for anyone thinking of watching it, so I'll just say the "assualt" scene is particularly real and horrifically scary, as is the fight scene. No stupid Hollywood sound effects added to this one, and that's what makes it so damn scary because it doesn't seem as though it's just an act. If you like Connolly, check it out. If you like a thriller, same deal. If you like movies at all, there's no reason not to have a peek.


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