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Dead Babies (2000)

Residents prime themselves for both a visit from three Americans and a weekend of copious decadence.

Director:

William Marsh

Writers:

Martin Amis (novel), William Marsh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Bettany ... Quentin
Katy Carmichael ... Lucy Littlejohn
Hayley Carr ... Roxanne
Charlie Condou ... Giles
Alexandra Gilbreath ... Cecilia
William Marsh William Marsh ... Marvel
Kris Marshall ... Skip
Andy Nyman ... Keith
Cristian Solimeno ... Andy
Olivia Williams ... Diana
David Soloman David Soloman ... Doctor
Lane Lesley Lane Lesley ... Sister
Ashley Portland Ashley Portland ... Orderly
Ann Stewart Ann Stewart ... Nurse
Ambrose Ambrose ... Patient
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A group of wealthy bohemians clash with each other as they're targeted by a gang of murderers. Upper class bohemian Giles (Charlie Condou), whose biggest worry in life seems to be the state of his teeth, has inherited a large estate from his family, and one weekend he invites large group of friends to join him for a weekend of drug-fueled debauchery. Ennui-stricken Cecilia (Olivia Williams), her hulking boyfriend Andy (Christian Solimeno), high-strung Quentin (Paul Bettany), his spouse Cecilia (Alexandra Gilbreath), hygiene-challenged Keith (Andy Nyman), unstable Skip (Kris Marshall), man-hungry Roxanne (Hayley Carr), drug-dealing Marvel (William Marsh), and Lucy (Katy Carmichael), who has been involved with most of the men in attendance, all settle in for a few days of conversation, free love, and good not-so-clean fun. But the revelers are unaware that the Conceptualists, a murderous terrorist organization, have staked out the mansion, and soon they're receiving messages from ...

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Don't Wander Too Far. See more »

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Rated R for sexuality, drug content, language and violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Mood Swingers See more »

Filming Locations:

Hertfordshire, England, UK

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on Martin Amis' novel "Dead Babies." For U.S. release, the name was changed to "Mood Swingers." See more »

Goofs

When Keith is shown playing a video game (just prior to being the "drug tester"), he is holding a PlayStation 2 controller. However, the game clip shown is actually of the Nintendo 64 game "Perfect Dark". See more »

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Boring, pretentious chap
19 June 2004 | by michaeldangeroSee all my reviews

Suffice to say that -- despite the odd ludicrous panegyric of your posted comment regarding "Dead Babies," one can only conclude that your animosity directed towards this little gem of a film is most likely due to your resemblance of one of the film's two utterly pathetic characters. "Giles"? Or are you more like "Keith"?

It's ironic to me the energy it must have taken to not only seek it out here, but its director's credits, as well as your clearly passionate opinions and suggestions -- "Avoid [it] like the plague," for a film you so revile.

I rented this movie from a Japanese video store. Because of my limited Kanji-reading skills, I took a chance because of the English cast (and, to a lesser-extent, the unusual title). Namely, Paul Bettany, who was brought to my attention to his unforgettable performance in "Gangster #1".

I played it for various English guests in an English-owned and operated youth hostel I manage in Los Angeles. With absolutely no idea what we had in store for us, we were thoroughly pleased, enjoying it from beginning to end. It successfully balanced unforgettable moments of both hilarity and horror, never an easy task and, more often than not, rarely achieved. More so, when its adapted from a popular novel.

So, what do you consider worthy? "Pulp Fiction"? Ha! Maybe something from Merchant Ivory? Do they even make films anymore? Probably not, what with the BFI producing such "rubbish" like "Dead Babies" which received by your fellow countryman (and women) well-deserved comparisons to stellar films such as "Trainspotting" and "Requiem For A Dream".

Instead of attacking everyone from the director to the British Film Industry (Regain its status?!? Lighten up, would ya?)why don't you advise what NOT to avoid. But what can one expect from someone who TRIES, and fails, to present himself as above all others by over-using his thesaurus using such "odious tosh" as "panegyric" and French phrases as "soi distant"! Who talks like this?


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