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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 »


Shane Meadows


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




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


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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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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Did You Know?


The relationship between Romeo and 'Knocks' is semi-autobiographical and based on the childhood relationship between Shane Meadows and co-writer Paul Fraser. Fraser began to enter writing competitions (and practice magic) when he was left bedridden for an extended period by a spinal injury. Meadows was later banned from seeing Fraser after shooting him in the stomach with an air rifle. See more »


Bill Woolley: What will it take for you to go?
Morell: Man I thought I fucking put you out.
Bill Woolley: I just want you to go.
Morell: Do you want me to fucking put you to sleep?
Bill Woolley: I don't know.
Morell: Get on your knees, i'm going to drive this through your fucking skull.
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Referenced in ARfRA (2018) See more »


Written by Greg Trooper, Ed Griffin
Performed by Billy Bragg
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Tender and tough
11 October 2000 | by angelprodsSee all my reviews

It was so pleasurable to watch this lovely film about the quest for friendship and loyalty in an often cruel and punishing world. Meadows has been described as a Midlands Scorsese; however, to my mind there is a vein of sweetness, naivete, in Meadows' work, as in the man himself, that is absent from Scorsese's films. He captures, with reason - since much of his material is autobiographical - the jocular and tender aspects of working class life while rendering vividly the violence that can also lurk there. His dramas are always holding and infinitely endearing in a tough minded way. In this film, Meadows' love is obviously directed at the valiant and caring mothers, but he allows the fathers of the boys, who appear never to get it right, to finally redeem themselves, each in his own way.

In talking with Shane Meadows, I learned that he recruits his actors from the 6 - 20 year old group of actors in his town, and that he is very proud of the fact that, by this means, he can help them take a step toward extricating themselves from their hard lot in life. Shane Meadows is a survivor and an artist, one who has the heart and the enormous ability to give heart to others who must still find their way. Bravo!!!

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Release Date:

4 February 2000 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,713, 29 October 2000

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1.85 : 1
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