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The past catches up with a ruthlessly ambitious boxing promoter.

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John Irvin

Writer:

Scott Cherry (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Billy 'Shiner' Simpson
Martin Landau ... Frank Spedding
Frances Barber ... Georgie
Frank Harper ... Jeff 'Stoney' Stone
Andy Serkis ... Mel
Danny Webb ... Karl
Claire Rushbrook ... Ruth
Matthew Marsden ... Eddie 'Golden Boy' Simpson
Kenneth Cranham ... Gibson
David Kennedy ... Chris
Peter Wight ... Det. Insp. Grant
Nicola Walker ... Det. Sgt. Garland
Gary Lewis ... Vic
Derrick Harmon Derrick Harmon ... Mikey Peck
Josephine Butler ... Stephanie
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Storyline

Billy Simpson is a shady boxing promoter in South London banned from legitimate fights. It's the biggest day of his life, though, because he has a champion on his hands, his 20-year-old son, Eddie. Billy's put all his money on a victory, as have his quarreling daughters. But Eddie is nervous, an odd guy in a cap is hanging about, the licensed promoter Billy has hired to arrange the evening's other fights has hired dogs, the manager of Eddie's opponent looks down scornfully on Billy and on South London, and Scotland Yard wants to Billy in gaol for the death of a club brawler. When the night goes disastrously wrong, Billy tries to find out who double-crossed him. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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All That's Left Is... Revenge.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and some nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bilis pravarde Melyne See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Like many of the films picked up by Miramax in the early 2000's, this one was supposed to be given a theatrical release, but ended up debuting on DVD when the company encountered financial trouble. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) After the crash in the tunnel, a lady gets out of her car and demands to know "What sort of driving do you call that? It's out..." then a gun is pointed at her and her mouth drops open and moves no more, but we hear her voice carry on - "...rageous - you shouldn't be allowed on the road." See more »

Quotes

Billy 'Shiner' Simpson: To think I flew those cunts over club class...
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For Once In My Life
Performed by Andy Williams
Written by Orlando Murden & Ronald Miller
Published by Jobete Music Co., Inc./EMI Music
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing Sony Records
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Caine is now as culpable for the British film industry's stale state as anybody...
10 May 2004 | by Howlin WolfSee all my reviews

The emergence of Quentin Tarantino and his dubious influence on the likes of Guy Ritchie may have triggered the wave of appalling British gangster flicks we've been bequeathed over the past few years, but one of our most famous acting exports only serves to perpetuate the cycle by lending his considerable name to trash like this. I only wish he'd taken a moment to consider before choosing this project for the same reasons of personal gain he admits he often employs. It's not only stifling HIS talent, but possibly the promise of future originality from British films.

Not one of this film's characters are likeable or even remotely realistic, and the dialogue consists of the usual empty threats and colourful language. Caine doesn't give the material any more effort than it deserves, either. If this was meant to be in the style of a tragic fall from grace a la "King Lear", it would've helped immensely had I cared about the ultimate fate of the principals, instead of just wishing that they'd get mired in the quicksand of life and dragged under almost immediately.


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