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Sweet Sixteen (2002)

R | | Crime, Drama | 4 October 2002 (UK)
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Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Compston ... Liam
William Ruane ... Pinball
Annmarie Fulton Annmarie Fulton ... Chantelle
Michelle Abercromby Michelle Abercromby ... Suzanne
Michelle Coulter Michelle Coulter ... Jean
Gary McCormack Gary McCormack ... Stan
Tommy McKee Tommy McKee ... Rab
Calum McAlees Calum McAlees ... Calum
Robert Rennie Robert Rennie ... Scullion
Martin McCardie Martin McCardie ... Tony
Robert Harrison Robert Harrison ... Tony's gang
George McNeilage George McNeilage ... Tony's gang
Rikki Traynor Rikki Traynor ... Tony's gang
Jon Morrison Jon Morrison ... Douglas
Junior Walker Junior Walker ... Night-time
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Storyline

Liam is a young, restless teen struggling to realize his dream in the gritty and dismal streets of Greenock, where unemployment is rampant and little hope is available to the city's youth. He is waiting for the release of his mother, Jean, from prison where she is completing a prison term for a crime that her boyfriend actually committed. Her boyfriend, Stan, is a crude and obnoxious drug pusher is partnered by Liam's equally rough and foul-mouthed, mean-spirited grandfather. Liam is determined to rescue his mother from both of them, which means creating a safe haven beyond their reach. But first he's got to raise the cash--no small feat for a young man. It's not long before Liam and his pals' crazy schemes lead them into all sorts of trouble. Finding himself dangerously out of his depth, Liam knows he should walk away. Only this time, he just can't let go. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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It's you and Liam, against the world. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, drug content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Scots

Release Date:

4 October 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Afili delikanlı See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,667, 18 May 2003

Gross USA:

$316,319

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,633,509
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in sequence. See more »

Connections

References The Graduate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

The Arrival of the Night Queen
from The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by Failoni Kamerazenekar (as Failoni Orchestra, Budapest) and Helen Kwon
Licensed courtesy of HNH International Ltd
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A raw, gritty and powerful film that takes no prisoners. Heart-wrenching
10 February 2004 | by Kieran_KenneySee all my reviews

It doesn't get any more nakedly gritty than this. This is a movie for

anyone who thinks that kids who grow up to be drug addicts and

drug users have only themselves to blame. What's particularly

disturbing is how the biggest antagonists for Liam, and his friend

Pinball are not people their own age, but rather adults. Some

scenes are very unnerving and hard to watch simply because the

hazing and degradation that the fifteen-year-old characters endure

is at the hands of people who behave like insecure playground

bullies, but are members of a powerful organized crime force.

Even though I'm pretty close to the age of the main character, I can

barely imagine what the nightmarish experiences he endures

must be like.

The movie is emotionally devastating nearly all the way though. It's

moments of levity are welcome, but few. There's points where it

seems as though everything will turn out alright, but then

something else happens that throws everything off-course. For a

relaxing and enjoyable time, this is not a movie to see. But if you're

looking for something that will move you, shock you and really

make you think (and appreciate your own situation) than Sweet

Sixteen is the one too see.

10/10


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