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Sexy Beast (2000)

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Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gal
... Don Logan
... Teddy Bass
... Deedee Dove
... Harry
Cavan Kendall ... Aitch
Julianne White ... Jackie
Álvaro Monje ... Enrique (as Alvaro Monje)
Robert Atiko ... Andy
Nieves del Amo Oruet ... Air Hostess
Enrique Alemán Fabrega ... Pilot
... Spanish Official (as Gerard Barray)
José Maria Cano Ramos ... Felipe's Friend 1 (as José Ma. Cano Ramos)
Desirée Erasmus ... Jean
Santiago Frias Munoz ... Policia 2
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Gal, Deedee, Aitch and Jackie, having left behind respective lives of ill-repute, bask in the sun of Spain and in the most essential brand of leisure. A hazy yarn of barbecues, beer and botched hunting expeditions make up their retirements, until a sudden and unforeseen disruption emerges from their past. Enter the childishly violent and hilariously edgy Don Logan. Through a series of side-splitting negotiations and irrevocable acts, retired crook Gal is forced to shake off the rust and accept one last mission, put forth by the menacing Logan, his ex-mentor. A heist of legendary proportion and personal implications, this job should make for one hell of an encore. Written by gjtackach@gmail.com

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There's a bit of the beast in all of us. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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13 July 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bestia salvaje  »

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Opening Weekend:

£96,162 (United Kingdom), 14 January 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$170,356, 17 June 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,946,056, 30 December 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,099,621, 31 December 2002
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2.35 : 1
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Ben Kingsley claims the character of Don Logan is largely based on his grandmother. See more »

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As Don is exiting the plane, the length of his cigarette changes. See more »

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Gal: [Gal is sunbathing by poolside] Oh, yeah. Bloody hell. I'm sweating in here. Roasting. Boiling. Baking. Sweltering. It's like a sauna. Furnace. You can fry an egg on my stomach. Ohh, who wouldn't lap this up? It's ridiculous. Tremendous. Fantastic. Fan-dabby-dozy-tastic.
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Goodbye Sweet Cavan See more »

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References The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »

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Sway
Performed by Dean Martin (1954)
Licensed courtesy of Capitol Records Inc / EMI Records Ltd
Written by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz (as Ruiz) / Norman Gimbel (as Gumble)
© 1953 by E.M.M.I. Mexico
1954 by Peer International Corp, USA
Latin American Music Pub Co Limited UK
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For Best Portrayal of a Rabid Dog...
19 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

..the Winner is...Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast, hands down (and panting on all fours). Ben also wins the award for Best (and most frequent and creative) Usage of the "c" word, which plays a major part in this outrageously deranged and always thoroughly entertaining (even at its bloodiest) full-frontal bombast of a film.

The plot couldn't be any simpler: retired gangster Gal (yes, that's his name) is happy lounging around the pool at his Spanish villa with the woman of his dreams and a drink in his hand. But the big bad brutal bulldog Don (Kingsley) has been sent to convince him to do One Last Job. Gal says no. Donnie doesn't like this answer. Violence ensues.

To say any more would be a disservice; this movie has to be experienced, not explained. Suffice to say, the brilliant performances (Ray Winstone and Ian McShane in particular) and the amazingly slick editing make every second of Sexy Beast a kinetic foray into surrealism and a tour de force of epic proportions for Kingsley. So why are you still bloody sitting there, you steaming c***?!!! Go rent it now.


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