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Human Traffic (1999)

R | | Comedy, Music | 5 May 2000 (USA)
Five friends spend one lost weekend in a mix of music, love and club culture.

Director:

Justin Kerrigan

Writer:

Justin Kerrigan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Simm ... Jip
Lorraine Pilkington Lorraine Pilkington ... Lulu
Shaun Parkes ... Koop
Nicola Reynolds ... Nina
Danny Dyer ... Moff
Dean Davies Dean Davies ... Lee
Peter Albert Peter Albert ... Lulu's Uncle Eric
Jan Anderson ... Karen Benson
Terence Beesley ... Moff's Father
Sarah Blackburn Sarah Blackburn ... Jip's Ex #2
Anne Bowen Anne Bowen ... Moff's Grandmother
Neil Bowens Neil Bowens ... Asylum Doorman
Peter Bramhill ... Matt
Jo Brand ... Reality (voice)
Stephanie Brooks Stephanie Brooks ... Fleur
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Storyline

The Cardiff club scene in the 90's: five best friends deal with their relationships and their personal demons during a weekend. Jip calls himself a sexual paranoid, afraid he's impotent. Lulu, Jip's mate, doesn't find much to fancy in men. Nina hates her job at a fast food joint, and her man, Koop, who dreams of being a great hip-hop d.j., is prone to fits of un-provoked jealousy. The fifth is Moff, whose family is down on his behavior. Starting Friday afternoon, with preparations for clubbing, we follow the five from Ecstacy-induced fun through a booze-laden come-down early Saturday morning followed by the weekend's aftermath. It's breakthrough time for at least three of them. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Weekend has Landed! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug content and language, and for some strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The 'Making of' feature on the Remixed DVD goes into the difficulties of filming a 4 minute Steadicam tracking shot. This shot never appeared in the final version of the film and led to the first Assistant Director leaving the project. See more »

Goofs

When Koop is selling records to the hip hop guy in the beginning of the movie, the needle jumps. The last time that we see Hip Hop Guy from Koop's perspective, the needle has jumped onto the slipmat, and then in the next shot, the needle jumps back off the slipmat. See more »

Quotes

TV interviewer: Why do you come to these nights?
Lulu: I'd like to answer that one if I may.
Nina: Sure.
Lulu: To get absolutely trashed.
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Alternate Versions

The US version was edited to remove certain cultural references that it was felt Stateside audiences would be unable to identify with. Notable amongst the changes was the removal of the "Summer of Love", late 80s/early 90s flashback sequence - complete with dummies, glowsticks, et al. Apparently this - and other refences - were thought to have been confusing for American youths whose similar "old school rave" period came rather more recently. See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinemania: Ypalliloi en drasei! (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Scared
Written by Mark Hadfield (as Hadfield) & Adam Ryan-Carter (as Ryan-Carter)
Published by Sony ATV Music
Performed by Lucid
Licensed courtesy of London Records 90 Ltd.
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Watching this film just makes you want to go out clubbing!!
18 February 2002 | by DorianWynHowellsSee all my reviews

Every time I watch this film, it just really makes me wanna go out and have a good night! My mate uses "the weekend has landed" speech to psyche himself up before going out! and so do I...sometimes.

This film is a great debut for the writer/director - well done mate!

The acting is great, all the characters are believable and are larger than life! The 'weird' scenes are a joy to watch, Jip's running Mr floppy flashbacks/explanations/visualizations are all great! The scene in the huuuuuuuge pub when everyone stands up and starts singing the mock national anthem is a laugh too. There's loads of comedy here - Howard Marks' 'spliff politics' speech is hilarious!

Oh god, you just need to see this. Mind you, I felt the film did somewhat glorify the use of ecstacy, but hey, that's the truth of the matter eh? At least the film doesn't shy away from this fact. I suppose the film does carry a decent message to it as well - don't take life TOO seriously, you have to let you hair down sometime. And of course the chat in the pub when Moff tries to explain to his mates that he's coming off the drugs is a sure reminder that when the come down's out-way the good times, you know the party's over!

This is at times a very clever film in it's use of the camera, lighting, etc. It was a realised piece of cinema, and a great feel-good tale of mates, love, clubs, and drugs.

Get outta the 'rat race' people!!!

8/10

Enjoy!


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Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

GBP2,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$104,257

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,257
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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