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A Room for Romeo Brass (1999)

Two twelve-year-old boys, Romeo and Gavin, undergo an extraordinary test of character and friendship when Morell, a naive but eccentric and dangerous stranger, comes between them. Morell ... See full summary »

Director:

Shane Meadows

Writers:

Robyn Slovo (story editor), Paul Fraser (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Arrowsmith Martin Arrowsmith ... Dennis Wardrobe
Dave Blant Dave Blant ... School Pianist
Darren Campbell Darren Campbell ... Darren (as Darren O. Campbell)
Paddy Considine ... Morell
Shane Meadows ... Male Nurse (as Shaun Fields)
Julia Ford ... Sandra
Ladene Hall Ladene Hall ... Carol
Frank Harper ... Joseph
Nicholas Harvey Nicholas Harvey ... Neighbour Lad #2
James Higgins James Higgins ... Bill
Bob Hoskins ... Steven Laws
Vicky McClure ... Ladine
Ben Marshall Ben Marshall ... Knock Knock
Joel Morris ... Park Lad #1
Johann Myers ... Clifford
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Two twelve-year-old boys, Romeo and Gavin, undergo an extraordinary test of character and friendship when Morell, a naive but eccentric and dangerous stranger, comes between them. Morell befriends with the two boys and later asks them to help him pursue Romeo's beautiful elder sister. He gradually becomes more violent after she rejects him ... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, and for some elements of violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Despite the natural chemistry of Andrew Shim and Ben Marshall the two actors almost came to blows during a scene due to Marshall's obnoxious behavior. Paddy Considine admitted in the DVD commentary he had no problem filming the scene at the seaside where he threatens Marshall's character, saying he "couldn't wait to get his hands on the little shit." See more »

Quotes

Morell: What if a man came up to you in the street and says to you 'I'd like to spend the rest of my life with you', would you think it was weird?
Ladine Brass: Tell you what, I'll think about it at work and I'll answer you tonight.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Don't Forget Your Shovel
Written by Christie Hennessy
Performed by Christy Moore
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Disturbing dark film about childhood
9 April 2001 | by bakerjpSee all my reviews

This film reminded me of how powerless you are as a child - just being outside can get you into a fight, while adults, who often have no right to, can have control over your life. It reminded me how children can "break" or "make" friends so easily, with past grievances forgiven and forgotten in a few seconds. Adults tend to find that a lot harder to do.

I watched this film without knowing anything about it, so perhaps I found the scenes where Morell threatens the two boys on different occasions to be extremely shocking (incidentally, the swearing which is almost constantly present in the film is NOT shocking in the slightest).

The main thing that I got from the film was concerned with how masculinity is defined - Morell tries to teach Romeo Brass how to be a "man" via weird survivalist techniques - violence, macho posturing, being able to take care of yourself seem to be the ways that masculinity is mediated. The bragging and posturing that occurs in the fights between Morell and the boy's fathers seem to mirror an earlier fight between the boys and two other boys who are playing football at the beginning of the film - "are you trying to start a fight?" "No, I AM starting a fight". It was interesting that Knock-Knock's father and Morell were both wearing almost identical shell-suits in the violent climax scene.

While this was technically a good film, I found it to be much more disturbing than Zombie Flesheaters or whatever, because of its realism.


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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,713, 29 October 2000

Gross USA:

$19,478

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,478
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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