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Circus (2000)

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Bruno, a sadistic criminal, wants clever con man Leo out of the way. Leo and his equally clever wife, Lily, are up to something. So too is Julius: he hires Leo to kill Gloria, Julius's wife... See full summary »

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David Logan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hannah ... Leo
Famke Janssen ... Lily
Peter Stormare ... Julius
Eddie Izzard ... Troy
Fred Ward ... Elmo
Brian Conley Brian Conley ... Bruno
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Moose (as Tiny Lister)
Amanda Donohoe ... Gloria
Ian Burfield ... Caspar
Neil Stuke ... Roscoe
Michael Attwell ... Magnus
Jason Watkins ... Dom
Christopher Biggins ... Arnie
Lucy Akhurst ... Helen
Louise Rolfe Louise Rolfe ... Julie
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Storyline

Bruno, a sadistic criminal, wants clever con man Leo out of the way. Leo and his equally clever wife, Lily, are up to something. So too is Julius: he hires Leo to kill Gloria, Julius's wife. Leo does it, but then Julius shows up with the murder on tape, saying Gloria isn't his wife - it's blackmail. Leo's bookie, Troy, is also closing in, wanting to be paid. Bruno and Lily as well as Bruno and Julius have their own scams running, and Leo is their target. Maybe Leo can get Troy off his back, avoid Moose (Bruno's huge enforcer), send Gloria's corpse out of England, turn the tables on Bruno's murderous brother Caspar, and outfox Lily. Or is Lily his fox? It's a three-ring circus. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Don't trust any of these clowns

Genres:

Crime | Thriller | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Columbia/Tristar UK site

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Circul See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£164,067 (United Kingdom), 7 May 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,406, 17 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,406, 17 September 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The ad for "Shannon, Brighton's Most Convincing Pre-Op TRANSEXUAL" actually shows 1940's Hollywood actress 'Lake, Veronica'. See more »

Quotes

Troy: Nuh, nuh, nuh. Another one bites the dust! Duh-nuh nuh, nuh, nuh. Another one bites the dust! And another one down, another one down- another one bites the dust! Ooh. I'm gunna git you boy, another one bites the dust, DUH-nuh.
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References The Monkees (1966) See more »

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There Is A Way
Written by Alex Heffes
Performed by The Alex Heffes Trio
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nasty film
4 October 2007 | by winner55See all my reviews

Would somebody please explain why anybody would want to make a "British neo-noir" crime film with a cast almost entirely American? The accents spoken in this film are bloody awful! But entirely in keeping with the performances, which are so wooden, one fears to strike a match for setting the cast on fire.

Really, what kind of disgusting, moronic, cynical crud is this? Even neo-noir films have some character you either feel for or want to feel for, even if they're wretched and doomed; they at least have some decency to them, some sense that what they've done is wrong, or that a seemingly good plan has gone wrong, and that somehow they're stuck with the responsibility for it.

Not in this stanky stew. These characters are putrid, betraying each other, themselves, and the audience.

Also, note that they are low-lives - all right, nothing wrong with that - except that they seem to be living a life of luxury. For a film supposedly about desperate petty thieves, the keynote here is - ennui. It's all so terribly dull and dross, doncha know. So let's just rip some people off or maybe murder them, and go get laid in a luxury hotel. What ambition!

Gooping this whole mess to some bottom of swampy muck are: boringly uneven pacing; predictable 'action' sequences that aren't; banal and incoherent set-design; made-for-bad-TV camera-work and editing; forgettable score; and an entire lack of any imagination or innovation in production and direction.

Wholly unbelievable, unlikeable, and for less dedicated movie watchers(or masochists) like myself, utterly unwatchable.

There are other nasty things I would like to say about this nasty film, but they wouldn't print them here. Suffice it to say, you can probably find something more useful to do with your time than watch this film - just about anything, in fact.


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