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Gangster No. 1 (2000)

Chronicles the rise and fall of a prominent, and particularly ruthless English gangster.

Director:

Paul McGuigan

Writers:

Johnny Ferguson (screenplay adaptation), Louis Mellis (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm McDowell ... Gangster 55
David Thewlis ... Freddie Mays
Paul Bettany ... Young Gangster
Saffron Burrows ... Karen
Kenneth Cranham ... Tommy (as Ken Cranham)
Jamie Foreman ... Lennie Taylor
Eddie Marsan ... Eddie Miller
Andrew Lincoln ... Maxie King
Doug Allen ... Mad John
Razaaq Adoti ... Roland
Cavan Clerkin ... Billy
David Kennedy ... Fat Charlie
Johnny Harris ... Derek
Anton Saunders ... Trevor (as Anton Valensi)
Alex McSweeney Alex McSweeney ... Bloke In Tailor's
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Storyline

A middle-aged crime boss smugly reflects back from 1999, narrating the brutality which made him triumphant - and feared. As an unnamed young hood in Swinging 60's London, he aped his mod boss Freddie Mays, and seemed to do anything for him. But his narration exposes all-consuming envy: of Freddie's supremacy, and especially his tall bird. The baby shark develops his viciousness and backstabbing, scheming to be Gangster No. 1. Written by David Stevens

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, and brief drug use and nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

FilmFour | MGM

Country:

UK | Germany | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gangster Nr. 1 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£133,092 (United Kingdom), 11 June 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,514, 16 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,915
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Loosely based on the life of real-life mobster Frankie Fraser. See more »

Goofs

The two actors who play the "gangster" at the two points in his life are 7 inches different in height. When paired with the older versions of the same character later in life, there are few if any scenes when Malcolm McDowell (the shorter actor) is standing beside them. Surprisingly, they did not attempt the old Hollywood box or trench technique. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[song "The Good Life" begins as scene opens at boxing match; crowd noises]
Gangster 55: [laughing] What? With Scotland Yard breathing down me neck? Fuck off. Do me a favor!
[laughter]
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Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Utopia
Written by Lo
Licences courtesy of Songton/John Fiddy Music
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A Great Movie of Gangsters
12 August 2003 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The story begins in 1999, with an old gangster performed by Malcolm McDowell being advised that Freddie Mays (David Thewlis) would leave jail after thirty years in prison. His mood changes and he recalls 1968, when he was a young punk (performed by Paul Bettany), and he joined Freddie Mays' gang, his envy of his mob boss and his betrayal. The whole story of these two characters is presented slowly, alternating violent and luxury places and action. I liked this movie a lot. I would dare to say that it mixes 'Goodfellas', 'Casino', 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Reservoir Dogs'. Paul Bettany has a great performance as a psycho-killer: differently of those sadists in Hollywood movies that make grimaces, the simple look and expression of Paul Bettany is enough to terrify the viewer. The direction is great, and there is one specific scene that I appreciated very much. When Freddie Mays invites Paul Bettany's character to have a drink in a nightclub: Freddie is giving his overcoat to the attendant and the image of Paul Bettany is reflected in the glass of the door exactly over Freddie. The selection of Paul Bettany for this role is perfect, but why not ages him through make-up? Malcolm McDowell looks totally different from Paul Bettany! My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Os Gangsters" ("The Gangsters")


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