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Dead Babies (2000)

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

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William Marsh

Writers:

Martin Amis (novel), William Marsh
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Bettany ... Quentin
Katy Carmichael 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 ... Written by lament

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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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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Based on Martin Amis' novel "Dead Babies", understandably this went through a name change for its Stateside release, being called "Mood Swingers" instead. See more »

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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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The Drugs Don't Work
4 February 2001 | by James.S.DaviesSee all my reviews

It would be true to say that William Marsh's directorial debut pulls no punches. In fact shock tactics are deliberately played right from the word go. One of the first shots is of the alcoholic Giles' bloody teeth falling out one by one. From here on in the audience is left with little doubt that we're in for a bumpy ride. However, we end up being bombarded with so many scenes of drugs, violence, nudity and general depravity that one soon develops an immunity.

The plot centers around one hedonistic weekend where a bunch of directionless English graduates who inhabit a country mansion, are visited by three American friends (one of whom is played by Marsh himself) bent on supplying the perfect weekend of sex and drugs. It's kind of like watching a drugged-up version of Peter's Friends. The films' sub-plot involves a net based terrorist group known as The Conceptualists, who have somehow infiltrated the proceedings. It soon becomes clear that one of the revelers is not what they seem. However any intrigue, or indeed suspense, is dulled by our lack of empathy for the characters, who are either too larger-than-life to be believable or just totally un-likeable.

Dead Babies would no doubt like to be thought of in the same tradition as other drug fueled British cult classics such as Performance, Withnail and I, and Trainspotting. However, these films were far more character driven and weren't so heavily dependent on artificial means of stimulation.


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