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Shiner (2000)

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The past catches up with a ruthlessly ambitious boxing promoter.


John Irvin


Scott Cherry (screenplay)





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


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 twenty-year-old son, Eddie. Billy's put all of his money on a victory, as have his quarrelling daughters. But Eddie is nervous, an odd guy in a cap is hanging around, 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 put Billy in jail 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.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The flag on the wall of Mel's (Andy Serkis') bedroom is the national flag of Angola. See more »


In the underpass after the crash Michael Caine is hit in the face with a gun nut he has no mark on his face. See more »


Billy 'Shiner' Simpson: Mr. Fleming! A proud day eh? For me, at least. I just want you to know... I don't want you to think that I'm bitter about things. Water under the bridge, eh?
Fleming: Be as bitter as you like, Billy! I still think the best thing I did for boxing was to keep you out!
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Alternate Versions

Although this film was previously passed for an uncut 18 in the UK by the British Board of Film Classification, the 2007 distributor wanted a 15, so 30 seconds' worth of cuts were made to remove some of the violence, including a man being shot in the head and a man having his arm broken. See more »


The Final Countdown
Written by Joey Tempest
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Courtesy of EPIC Records/Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing Sony Records
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One of the most pointless movies I've ever seen.
10 December 2008 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

No, this by no means is the most dreadful movie I have ever seen, not even by a mile but it also is however a movie that made a totally pointless and not lasting impression on me.

Perhaps the biggest problem of this movie is that it can't decide what it wants to be. Its story and somewhat its storytelling is obviously inspired by the first 'new age' British gangster flick "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" but yet the movie also has the rawness and more seriousness of the '70's British gangster flicks, such as for instance "Get Carter", which not entirely coincidently so also stars Michael Caine. The movie just doesn't know to create a well enough balance between its comedy and violence/crime because of this. Therefore the movie simply does not work out.

The story is all over the place because of it that it tries to be clever, while in fact it really isn't. The plot twists, such as the one at the end, feel more weak and ridicules, rather than surprising. Also most characters really don't work out within the movie, due to its approach. For instance what's the point of having Oscar-winner Martin Landau in this if you don't know to use him properly.

But I must say that the movie is still made watchable because of one simple reason; Michael Caine. It's a role that is very typical for him and that he suits so very well. He was good in those kind of roles 30 years ago and he's still good at it now. He plays a tough ruthless boxing promoter, with questionable motives and friends, who also happens to have a son who is on his way of becoming the next big man of boxing. An over ambitious proud father, with a shady past and present is a combination that of course calls for trouble. And trouble he gets within this movie. Do we care however? I don't think so. "Shiner" is a very uninvolved movie with a too weak script to let this movie ever rise above the level of average.

A movie you can really easily do without.



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Release Date:

14 September 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bilis pravarde Melyne See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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