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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Winstone ... Gal
Ben Kingsley ... Don Logan
Ian McShane ... Teddy Bass
Amanda Redman ... Deedee Dove
James Fox ... Harry
Cavan Kendall Cavan Kendall ... Aitch
Julianne White ... Jackie
Álvaro Monje Álvaro Monje ... Enrique (as Alvaro Monje)
Robert Atiko Robert Atiko ... Andy
Nieves del Amo Oruet Nieves del Amo Oruet ... Air Hostess
Enrique Alemán Fabrega Enrique Alemán Fabrega ... Pilot
Gérard Barray ... Spanish Official (as Gerard Barray)
José Maria Cano Ramos José Maria Cano Ramos ... Felipe's Friend 1 (as José Ma. Cano Ramos)
Desirée Erasmus Desirée Erasmus ... Jean
Santiago Frias Munoz Santiago Frias Munoz ... Policia 2
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bestia salvaje See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The conversation in the kitchen between Gal (Ray Winstone) and Don (Sir Ben Kingsley) originally took place in the living room, but Director Jonathan Glazer decided that a more domestic and less formal setting would be more effective. Also, the shot where Don kicks the cabinet doors was done in only one take. Glazer decided that coverage wasn't necessary. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Russell Brand/Chris Brown (2011) See more »

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Cuba
Performed by The Gibson Brothers
Original Published by Bleu Blanc Rouge / Zagora
UK Sub-publisher R&E Music Limited
Composed by Daniel Vangarde and Jean Joseph Kluger (as Jean Kluger)
(c) Licensed by Zagora
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Hilarious British crime comedy with a dark edge
24 April 2000 | by daletpcoopSee all my reviews

Sexy Beast is a funny and highly enjoyable crime movie punctuated by some blood curdling violence. The film was directed by Jonathen Glazer, who was responsible for most of the recent amazing Guinness beer adverts.

Ray Winstone is Gal, a retired criminal enjoying retirement in Spain with friends and the woman he loves. But this is shattered by the arrival of a menacing figure from his past in the shape of pyschotic Don Logan (played with evil intensity by Ben Kingsley). Don wants Gal for one last spectacular job and will do just about anything to get him, including threatening Gal's beloved wife.

The story is told at a fast pace, with several surreal interludes but never loses momentum. Ray Winstone puts in another loveable badboy performance that he does so well, but the film is dominated by Kingsley who steals every scene he is in and creates one of the most menacing screen villains in recent memory. The brilliance of the film is that it manages to combine so many disparate elements (thriller, comedy, and a touching love story to say the least) into a cohesive and highly entertaining whole. A real pleasure to watch and a striking, brilliant debut.


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