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Underground (1998)

Big Ben. Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square. St Paul's Cathedral. Piccadilly Circus. The London that the world knows. But there is another side to London that remains unknown to the ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Spurrier

Writer:

Paul Spurrier
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Smith Billy Smith ... Rat
Zoe Smale Zoe Smale ... Skye
Nick Sutton Nick Sutton ... Raymond
Ian Dury Ian Dury ... Rat's Dad
Chrissie Cotterill Chrissie Cotterill ... Rat's Mum
Greg Saunders Greg Saunders ... Figgy
Peter Hurle Peter Hurle ... Mr. Winston
Robin Hart Robin Hart ... Richard
Francis Morrissey Francis Morrissey ... Tone
Reece Cooper Reece Cooper ... Glen
Brett Forrest Brett Forrest ... Morgan
Alison Lintott Alison Lintott ... Debbie
Sarah Coomes ... Anna
Nick Frost Nick Frost ... Bluey
George McAllister George McAllister ... Animal
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Big Ben. Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square. St Paul's Cathedral. Piccadilly Circus. The London that the world knows. But there is another side to London that remains unknown to the tourists, that emerges only at night, that comes alive in aging terraced houses and sprawling estates. It is a world of pills of dubious origin swallowed hurriedly and hopefully, of music with a thumping beat that you'll still hear when you wake up the morning after, of Rizla papers bought from an all-night garage, of bottles of mineral water shared as love tokens, of greasy kebabs eaten when the taste-buds have long since numbed, of sunrises viewed through stinging eyes. It is close to heaven, but it is very close to hell. For Rat, a fifteen year-old drug dealer, it is the only world he knows. Over one night Rat's world turns upside down as he finds himself on the run from older, far more serious criminals. We follow Rat as he looks for shelter with those he thinks he can trust. As each door closes on ... Written by E. Schwabe

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Crime

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

3 December 1998 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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SERPENT BOY
Written by Jerred Shain/Wes Geer
Published by Zomba Enterprises Inc.
Performed by (hed) Pe
Courtesy Zomba Recording Corp
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Movie of the Year
27 October 2004 | by jeff0807-1See all my reviews

This film should have been the film of the year. Made for a ridiculously low budget, it tells the story of a young drug dealer named Rat who deals a bad E to a girl at a rave and is then pursued by the rave organiser who objects to Rat dealing on his patch. Told over the course of one night, Rat can find no one to help him find shelter and is turned away by friends and family, suffering one betrayal after another. A cast of unknowns (apart from Ian Drury) are superb and it is a crime that Paul Spurrier is not a major league director by now. I cannot rate this movie highly enough and I urge anyone with an interest in youth culture and great movie making to see it. 10 out of 10.


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