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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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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 boulder was made of fiberglass. A large net was kept open on the ledge of the pool so that if the boulder went over the pool, it would not continue down the hill into the village below. Additional shots involving the boulder were created digitally. See more »

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As DeeDee walks from the pool to the house, a crew member is reflected in the window behind her. 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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Special thanks to Hammersmith and Fulham Council. See more »


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Peaches
Performed by The Stranglers (1977)
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
Written by Hugh Cornwell (as Cornwell)/ Jean-Jacques Burnel (as Burnell) / Dave Greenfield (as Greenfield) / Jet Black (as Black)
Complete Music Ltd.
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Don't Provoke The Beast
8 June 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

This is one fascinating dark little film. Supported by fierce cinematography, black humour, chilling characters and strong language, 'Sexy Beast' works on many levels. It can be viewed as a conversational film, a study of characters and a psychological thriller. The writing is brilliant as some of the dialogues induce both humour and chill. The screenplay is pretty tight, leaving no place for loose ends or irrelevant subplots. Glazer's direction is wonderful as he keeps the viewer engaged throughout the entire 90 minutes and effectively infuses wicked humour and suspense. The characters are so interesting, while we hate Logan, we sympathize with his counterfeit Gal who is a retired gangster trying to live a straight life with his family and loyal friends. Logan desperately wants him to do a job but Gal bravely yet hesitantly turns it down. Logan won't give up and even he notices that everybody hates him (which is beginning to make him feel powerless). The cast deliver solid performances. Ray Winstone is amazing. He easily conveys Gal's complexity and dilemma with pathos. Ben Kingsley as the hatefully irritating and intimidating Logan is superb. Ian McShane is scary. Amanda Redman is electrifying in a smaller role. 'Sexy Beast' is one slick wicked little film. Not a movie for everyone, but worth watching for those who enjoy black humour and dark cinema.


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