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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 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
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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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Official Sites:

Tiger Aspect Pictures

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend:

£310,600 (United Kingdom), 16 September 2001, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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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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Featured in The Martins: Outtakes (2001) See more »

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Heatwave
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Avoid!!
26 September 2001 | by chrissoda100See all my reviews

Despite starring Lee Evans, Kathy Burke and Linda Bassett this sorry excuse for a film amounts to little more than a criminal waste of celluloid, and British talent.

The plot concerns jobless, scrounger Robert Martin dreams who of winning a dream holiday for his disfunctional suburban family.

When he fails to win a holiday prize in a local newspaper that he thinks he should have Martin (Lee Evans) flips out 'D-Fens' from 'Falling Down' style, and takes extreme measures to try and get the holiday prize he thinks is rightfully is.

Is it a comedy? Is it serious social drama? Neither the director or the cast seem sure, and after watching this movie for half an hour you won't care!

There is the odd laugh to be had, and Kathy Burke does her best to redeem things as the devoted wife who refuses to leave her husband despite him being a louse, but to no avail. Lee Evans character meanwhile is such a scumbag that you'll have little sympathy for him.

3 out of 10 (and I'm probably being generous)


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