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Gabriel & Me (2001)

A young boy believes he can save his dying father if he can become an angel.

Director:

Udayan Prasad

Writers:

Lee Hall (radio play "I Love You Jimmy Spud"), Lee Hall (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Iain Glen ... Dad
David Bradley ... Grandad
Sean Landless Sean Landless ... Jimmy
Rosie Rowell Rosie Rowell ... Mam
Billy Connolly ... Gabriel
Ian Cullen ... Ridley
Sean Foley Sean Foley ... Fat Sam
Trevor Fox Trevor Fox ... Mr. Ellison
Bridie Hales Bridie Hales ... Bridie
Nicky Hayer Nicky Hayer ... Nicky
Jacqueline King ... Mrs. Peacock
Dominic McHale Dominic McHale ... Geography Teacher
Andy Mulligan Andy Mulligan ... Harold
Mark Ross Mark Ross ... Sproat
Jordan Routledge Jordan Routledge ... Scout
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A young boy believes he can save his dying father if he can become an angel.

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2001 (UK) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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In the film Jimmy is a staunch Newcastle supporter while Sean Landless who plays him is from Sunderland and supports his home team. This is exactly the same with the two main lads, Gerry and Sewell played by Chris Beattie and Greg McLane in the film Purely Belter. See more »

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Geordie lad meets the Angel Gabriel
3 November 2001 | by s-1See all my reviews

The writer of "Billy Elliot" should have quit whilst he was ahead.

"Gabriel and Me" is as flat as "Billy Elliot" sparkled.

Jimmy Spud (the lead 11-year-old) lives in yet another north east dysfunctional family and, for reasons which remain obscure, decides he wants to train as an angel (the usual qualification - being dead - does not seem to apply in this plot). He applies to The Archangel Gabriel - in the human form of Billy Connelly - who obliges by appearing at unpredictable points to tell him how he is progressing. (Not well). Meanwhile Dad contracts lung cancer and Jimmy is disgusted when Gabriel refuses to cure him. This movie is implausible in the extreme - even if "Gabriel" is a figment of Jimmy's imagination. Apart from David Bradley's Grandad, the characters are two-dimensional, inconsistent and, worst of all, uninteresting. Any emotional content is crassly handled to the point of embarrassment - up to and including the death of Jimmy's father. On the plus side it is beautifully photographed; but can we PLEASE have a contemporary film, set in Newcastle, which DOESN'T make it look like a place which is slowly crumbling into non-existence?


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