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Circus (2000)

R | | Crime, Thriller, Drama | 5 May 2000 (UK)
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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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Rob Walker

Writer:

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

Fred Ward replaced Frederic Forrest at very short notice 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 Sweet Smell of Success (1957) See more »

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Respect
(as "R.E.S.P.E.C.T.")
Written by Otis Redding
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Well-acted, but far too confusing
3 November 2001 | by sundaygirl05See all my reviews

I've read with interest everyone's opinions on this movie, and am surprised at the diversity. Some reviews state it is the worst British move in ages, some compare it to the likes of Trainspotting and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. I'm somewhere in between.

'Circus' is very refreshing, I'll give it that. But I feel like Austin Powers, contemplating time-travel, for I too have 'gone cross-eyed.' I rented this (thank God I didn't see it in the theatre) and found myself rewinding because I was so confused! Sure, they really don't want you to guess the ending, but at the same time, they turn you around so many times try understanding it!

The acting is wonderful. I actually thought Eddie Izzard was great, as was everyone else. I cease to be surprised by John Hannah, who does drama and comedy equally wonderfully. Famke Janssen was interesting enough, and her hick boyfriend was entertaining, as was the little nerdy guy, though his character sort of annoyed me.

I think that this film certainly could've been a lot better...this film-maker had the actors, they just needed to work with the story a little more. Had they taken away some of the twists and turns, they might've gotten a better film.

By the way, these are not all English actors. John Hannah is Scottish. And another thing, I certainly wouldn't compare this to Trainspotting, as Trainspotting was pure brilliance, and this is rather blemished.


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