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Gangster No. 1 (2000)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gangster 55
... Freddie Mays
... Young Gangster
... Karen
... Tommy (as Ken Cranham)
... Lennie Taylor
... Eddie Miller
... Maxie King
... Mad John
... Roland
... Billy
... Fat Charlie
... Derek
... Trevor (as Anton Valensi)
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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It's not who you know, it's who you kill. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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9 June 2000 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Gangster Nr. 1  »

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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

The scene where a man is hanging from the balcony of a large block of flats was filmed on the Heygate estate in London. Work on this estate did not begin until around 1970 and the estate was not complete until 1974. Even then, it would have taken another year or two to populate the estate. There is a similar estate just down the road called the Aylesbury, but that wasn't completed until much later. 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

Referenced in Lucky Number Slevin (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Va Ba Ba Boom
Written by Edward White and Edward Cooper
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Performed by Edmundo Ros (as Edmundo Ross)
Courtesy of the Decca Record Company Ltd.
Licensed by kind permission from the Film & TV Licensing Division
Part of the Universal Music Group
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COCKNEY CAGNEYS
2 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

GANGSTER NO.1 (2002) *** Malcolm McDowell, Paul Bettany, David Thewlis, Saffron Burrows. Bloody good Brit flick about English thugs recalled in flashback by McDowell and portrayed by Bettany (both equally excellent in a teeth-gnashing kind of way) recollecting their bumpy ride to the top and rocky relationship with head kingpin Thewlis getting in the way. Graphically violent yet smartly directed by Paul McGuigan eschewing stylistic violence for violence sake and encapsulating the Mod 60s effectively.


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