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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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Trivia

The DVD featured Ken Loach's first ever director's commentary. See more »

Connections

References The Graduate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Stand by You
Written by Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg and Chrissie Hynde
Performed by The Pretenders
Used by permission of EMI
Music Publishing Ltd/Clive Banks Songs
Licensed courtesy of Warner Strategic Marketing UK
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Surprisingly uplifting
11 October 2002 | by KynoJonesSee all my reviews

The kind of film I usually intend to see but don't end up seeing. In this case I did see it and was handsomely rewarded. I expected it to be a little on the depressing side but found it strangely uplifting. Perhaps because you realise that you don't have it so bad after all. Perhaps because it was extremely tight - with no needless scenes. I half expected the protag's relationship with the girl to result in a teenage sex scene. But it didn't and there's no way it would have fitted in with the film's race towards it's inevitable conclusion. Inevitable but not exactly predictable either. Stunning.


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Country:

UK | Germany | Spain

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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