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Shiner (2000)

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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 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.

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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 »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,843
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Frank Spedding: We meet again!
Billy 'Shiner' Simpson: Frank.
Frank Spedding: Billy. How's your boy today? He seemed a little nervous at the weighing.
Billy 'Shiner' Simpson: Oh, he's fine, and yours?
Frank Spedding: Bored.
Billy 'Shiner' Simpson: A head that big should be very easy to hit.
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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 »

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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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Come not between the dragon and his wrath.
30 November 2014 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Billy "Shiner" Simpson (Michael Caine) is building up to his big boxing promoting night, the headline of which is his own son, Eddie "Golden Boy" Simpson (Matthew Marsden). But family troubles begin to weigh heavy, a police investigation closes in on him and a rival American promoter is breathing down his neck. It's going to get messy.

Surprisingly for a Michael Caine British gangster movie, Shiner is a little under known. A shame because it's really rather good. Caine himself felt that by 2000 the cinema loving public had had enough of British films of this type, hence why it did poorly at the box office and quickly disappeared into the retail chain of things.

It's basically a reworking of King Lear, in London and with Caine on super form. Billy Simpson is a grade "A" noir protagonist, the world he inhabits is ultimately too much for him, there's treachery and dishonesty – violence and disappointments, all around him, but still he ploughs on as if he will eventually become the king of the castle. Yet this is the noirville area of London, of grubby bars and grey landscapes, the hall playing host to Billy's big night is a place of stale cheese sandwiches and blocked toilets.

On either side of Billy are his two henchman played by Frank Harper and Andy Serkis, two sides of the same coin they are, though they menace in different ways. Billy's two daughters played by Claire Rushbrook and Frances Barber, also two sides of the same coin, but conversely they have different love for their father. Martin Landau is the smooth American promoter with a dame on his arm and a grudge for Billy, and Gary Lewis and Kenneth Cranham fill out important roles as characters caught in Billy's soon to be maelstrom.

Caine did say that he considers Shiner to be part of a trilogy that comprises Get Carter and Mona Lisa. Shiner isn't close to being as good as those two movies, especially the sublime Get Carter, but it holds its head up high in such company and fans of those movies should seek it out. 8/10


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