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Essex Boys (2000)

R | | Crime, Thriller | 14 July 2000 (UK)
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Complete credited cast:
... Billy Reynolds
... Jason Locke
Gareth Milne ... Chippy
... Lisa Locke
Amelia Lowdell ... Nicole
... Peter Chase
... Wayne Lovell
... Suzy Welch
... Henry Hobbs
... John Dyke
... Perry Elley
George Jackos ... Kiri Christos
Sally Hurst ... Beverley
Louise Landon ... Jemma
... Detective
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The film is based loosely around events in December 1995 that culminated in the murders of three drug dealers in Rettendon, Essex, UK. On 6th December Patrick Tate, Craig Rolfe and Tony Tucker, three drug dealers well known to the police, were lured to Workhouse Lane, Rettendon. There they were blasted to death with a shot gun while sitting in their Range Rover. They had been lured to their deaths on the pretext of a lucrative drugs deal. The three bodies were found the following morning, 7 December 1995. Written by Anonymous

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Some lines should never be crossed.

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Crime | Thriller

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

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14 July 2000 (UK)  »

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Gangsters - The Essex Boys  »

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£111,548 (United Kingdom), 16 July 2000, Limited Release
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Billy Reynolds: [voiceover] See 'im, Peter, he's the top boy - he runs the show. And 'im, Wayne, does whatever Peter tells 'im. And Jason, well, every firm needs a mad acid-bath murderer, don't they?
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Statement in opening titles: "This story is inspired by a single true event. It left three men dead, two serving life imprisonment and another living under an assumed identity. The rest is fiction, as are all the characters." See more »

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Feel Me
Performed by D.Stabiliser
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If you liked "Blue Velvet"...
9 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I didn't really like this movie, but had to admit it was compelling. Sean Bean gives a performance as the evil drug thug that compares favorably (if that's the word I want) with Dennis Hopper's crazed bully in "Blue Velvet." It's outstanding work, but if you're a Sharpe fan (and who isn't?) it may be a bit jarring. I mean, this guy throws acid in faces, beats his wife, laughs at suffering, rapes a teenager and strangles her more or less accidentally. That's in addition to selling the drugs and other criminal activities.

Bean is, in fact, so good at being bad, he almost tips the movie over. Alex Kingston and Jim Wilkinson - versatile, dependable and often outstanding actors themselves, do what they can to take a scene away from him, and never quite manage. Charlie Creed-Miles, as the innocent who gets drawn into all this, is quite convincingly intimidated.

An icy jazz score and crisp direction keep the story moving along at a brisk pace. You may be repulsed, but you probably won't be bored.


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