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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Arrowsmith ... Dennis Wardrobe
Dave Blant ... School Pianist
Darren Campbell ... Darren (as Darren O. Campbell)
... Morell
... Male Nurse (as Shaun Fields)
... Sandra
Ladene Hall ... Carol
... Joseph
Nicholas Harvey ... Neighbour Lad #2
James Higgins ... Bill
... Steven Laws
... Ladine
Ben Marshall ... Knock Knock
Joel Morris ... Park Lad #1
... 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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Rated R for pervasive language, and for some elements of violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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4 February 2000 (UK)  »

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Hol alszik Romeo?  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,713, 29 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,434, 12 November 2000
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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 »

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Morell: [talking to himself] I would like to take you to Scarborough Fair.
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Going Down
Written by Ian Brown, John Squire
Performed by The Stone Roses (as Stone Roses)
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A successor to Loach at last...
16 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Hidden as it was in the BBC schedules, I nearly missed this gem of a film. Shane Meadows seems to improve with every picture, following up the raw promise of 'Small Time' and the almost great 'TwentyFourSeven' with this priceless jewel, which is proof that Meadows alone carries the torch of the British film industry forward amidst the Guy Ritchie pap we churn out on a regular basis.

Although the acting from some of the minor characters was a bit on the dodgy side, Paddy Considine shone as the socially inadequate Morrell and the two lads (and their fathers in a memorably frightening final scene) did a solid job. Credit must also go to the screenwriter Paul Fraser, who has breathed some life into the cliched, patronizing 'working class' sceenplays that featured in 'Brassed Off', or (worse) 'The Full Monty'. The usual 'working class' signifiers (a guest appearance by Kathy Burke, or chain smoking as a character trait) were thankfully missing.

'A Room For Romeo Brass' was an excellent piece of observation. The character Morrell brings back awful memories of acquaintances I had in my youth, and these people still hang around the estate like the foulest of stenches. The film replicated 'life' in a way that Danny Boyle would fail to comprehend.

There were some minor imperfections (for instance, the music was over the top), but Meadows is only 29, he has time to perfect his craft. For everyone disillusioned with British film and its compulsion to chase the dollar, this film will restore that lost faith.


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