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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 delikanli See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£144,388 (United Kingdom), 6 October 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,667, 18 May 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,538, 28 August 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film sparked a censorship debate in the UK regarding the amount of bad language used. Under current British Board of Film Classification rules, multiple uses of the word "fuck" usually only warrant a 15-certificate, but even a single aggressive use of the word "cunt" tends to lead to an 18-certificate, as was the case with Sweet Sixteen. It was argued, however, that this would prevent the people who could most closely identify with the characters in the film from going to see it, and that such language was much more commonly used, and therefore less offensive, in the north of the UK, where the film was set. The London based censors, however, stuck to their guns, although the local authority who cover the area where the film was shot, Inverclyde, utilized their cinema licensing powers to overrule this, and awarded the film a 15-certificate for screenings in their area. See more »

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References The 400 Blows (1959) See more »

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Let Me Entertain You
Written by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers
Performed by Robbie Williams
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harrowing, true life account of life in Greenock.
4 April 2005 | by paulcampbell321See all my reviews

As someone who comes from Greenock originally, my first draw to this movie was curiosity. Having said that, I fell completely for the story of Liam. His character, played by Martin Compston, could be one of many lads that I grew up with. The need to be 'one of the big boys' an all prevalent force in this deprived, former shipbuilding town; even if that need is self destructive. The performances are stellar throughout, only the mother's character is weak. I am unsure if this is deliberate, or bad acting. Perhaps the film could have explored the lack of employment and the sectarian divide more, however it does tackle the drugs issue very well indeed. The other thing that may put people off is the language. There is nothing unusual about the frequency or the strength of it for Grenockians. But it is more usual for a filmmaker to give an essence rather than soak the audience in every single word.


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