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The Martins (2001)

Out of work, scrounger Robert Martin lives with his dysfunctional family - long suffering wife accident prone son and pregnant teenage daughter in a shabby house next door to a giant ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Evans ... Robert Martin
Eric Byrne Eric Byrne ... Little Bob
Lloyd Harvey Lloyd Harvey ... Security Guard
Kathy Burke ... Angie Martin
Terri Dumont Terri Dumont ... Katie
Tameka Empson ... Mo
Paddy Considine ... Hatfield Recorder Editor
Ronnie Fox Ronnie Fox ... Traffic Warden
Mark Strong ... Doug
Alison Egan Alison Egan ... Jan
Linda Bassett ... Anthea
Owen Brenman ... Teacher
Oscar Grounds Oscar Grounds ... Pupil
Mel Claus Crawford Mel Claus Crawford ... Woman at Children's Party (as Mel Claus)
Ray Winstone ... Mr. Marvel


Out of work, scrounger Robert Martin lives with his dysfunctional family - long suffering wife accident prone son and pregnant teenage daughter in a shabby house next door to a giant shopping center in the London suburbs. The Martins are the family from hell! Robert dreams if winning a dream holiday for his family, and when he fails to win yet another competition he flips, out tracks down the elderly winners, ties them up in the cellar and steals their tickets! Written by Chrissoda100

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Most of the scenes were shot in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. The two houses which the Martins had and the mother in law had are at the side of the Galleria Shopping centre which also appears in the movie a lot. Its frontage can also be seen at the start of the movie after the truck moves away with the Bounty advertising on it. The furniture place where Robert and Little Bob play around in the middle of the galleria is no longer there as that is now a Cafe Nero in part of that space. The pet shop where they buy a pet for Little Bobs birthday is Jollyes Pet Emporium in Crews Hill. The ice cream truck where they buy the ice creams isnt outside of it and its smaller inside than in the movie. See more »


When Robert and Ange are sitting on the rock out at sea, talking, how far Robert's jacket is zipped up changes in each shot. See more »


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Underrated British Film
22 June 2003 | by MIKEMARSHALL-1See all my reviews

Lee Evans puts in a superb performance as Bob Martin in this poignant black comedy, proving his comic talent transfers just as easily to the big screen. Kathy Burke also puts in a flawless performance as his long suffering wife.

The picture tells the story of a family we all know, from any council estate around England, neighbours from hell type stuff, and yet at the same time makes you identify with the plight of the main character as he struggles to make sense of his life.

There are some great visual gags as well as some genuinely funny lines and all the while you feel as though Evans is an almost psychotic who could snap at any moment.

If you liked The Parole Officer, I think you'll like this, although slightly darker, the comedy is on a par with Steve Coogan.

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14 September 2001 (UK) See more »

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Dolby Digital


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2.35 : 1
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