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Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002)

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After seeing his ex-girlfriend (Henderson) turn down a nationally televised marriage proposal, a small-time crook (Carlyle) returns to his hometown to try and win back her heart.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jimmy
Vanessa Feltz ... Vanessa
... Charlie
... Carol
Vicki Patterson ... Audience Guest
... Shirley
Finn Atkins ... Marlene
Kelly Thresher ... Donna
... Dek
... Donut
Ryan Bruce ... Emerson
... Lake
Antony Strachan ... Jumbo
David McKay ... Dougy (as David Mckay)
... Billy
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Storyline

Originally from the Midlands, Jimmy is currently living in Glasgow eking out a living as a hapless petty crook. One day, he sees his old family and friends - including his older foster sister Carol, her boyfriend/his old buddy Charlie, Jimmy's ex-wife and Carol's best friend Shirley, and Jimmy's pre-teen daughter Marlene - on a television talk show, they baring their souls to a national audience. He has not seen any of them in years. Of note on the show, Shirley rejects the marriage proposal of her slightly awkward live-in boyfriend Dek. Jimmy sees her answer to Dek as a reason to head back to the Midlands to reunite with his past, especially with Shirley and Marlene. Dek, already humiliated, is less than thrilled to see Jimmy back in their lives. In the ensuing duel between Jimmy and Dek for Shirley and Marlene's affections, others get caught up in the crossfire. Meanwhile, three of Jimmy's equally hapless crook friends from Glasgow come looking for him, Jimmy who left them high and ... Written by Huggo

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A tinned spaghetti western

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Sony Pictures Classics

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Release Date:

6 September 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Bilo jednom na srednjem zapadu  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,950,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£129,920 (United Kingdom), 8 September 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,527, 31 August 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$171,830, 14 December 2003
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Dek (Rhys Ifans) finds out that Jimmy (Robert Carlyle) is back in town, he proclaims to Carol: "He's only your foster brother! He could have Hannibal Lecter's DNA for all we know!" Rhys Ifans went on to portray Grutas, Hannibal Lecter's nemesis, in Hannibal Rising (2007). See more »

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Dek: You've never been in a serious car wreck.
Donna: Neither have you.
Dek: I had a car door this close, this close to my eye. It was a near death experience.
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Special thanks to ... the People of Carlton and Gedling, Nottingham ... See more »

Connections

References The Right Stuff (1983) See more »

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Adia
(1997)
Written by Sarah McLachlan and Pierre Marchand
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Sarah McLachlan
Licensed courtesy of Arista Records & BMG Entertainment International UK & Ireland Ltd.
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'Once upon a time in the midlands'
7 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

'Once upon a time in the midlands' is the next instalment from Nottingham director Shane Meadows, indeed it concludes his 'Nottingham trilogy' along with previous efforts 'Twentyfourseven' and 'A Room for Romeo Brass' I am glad to say that it surpassed all my expectations. It's a tale of a loner Jimmy (Robert Carlyle) who by chance manages to see his ex, Shirley (Shirley Henderson) on a television show turning down a proposal from her new boyfriend on national television, this prompts Jimmy to return to Nottingham and try to win her back, along with the Daughter (a brilliant debut from 12 year old Finn Atkins). There's just a few problems for Jimmy on the way, Shirley's wimpy yet loving new bloke Dek (Rhys Ifans), Jimmy's mouthy step sister and her wannabe country singer husband (Kathy Burke and Ricky Tomlinson respectively) not forgetting his shady friends who pursue him down south after he rips them off after a strange robbery goes horribly wrong.

All members of the cast shine and its fun to see a 'western' style angle being adopted – the classic tale of a loner coming into town to win back his girl, chased by villains and ready for a final confrontation with the man who his girl is now hooked up with. I hope this film gets the recognition that it deserves.


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