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I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)

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A former gangster reenters the criminal underworld after his brother suspiciously commits suicide.

Director:

Mike Hodges

Writer:

Trevor Preston
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Will
Charlotte Rampling ... Helen
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Davey
Malcolm McDowell ... Boad
Jamie Foreman ... Mickser
Ken Stott ... Turner
Sylvia Syms ... Mrs. Bartz
Alexander Morton ... Victor
John Surman John Surman ... Pathologist
Paul Mohan ... Coroner
Damian Dibben ... David Myers
Amber Batty Amber Batty ... Sheridan
Daisy Beaumont ... Stella, Drugs Seeker
Lidija Zovkic Lidija Zovkic ... Philippa, Model
Geoff Bell ... Arnie Ryan
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Storyline

Will Graham is a gangster who has left the life of crime and is living in the countryside. He comes out of hiding to investigate the death of his brother when he learns that he committed suicide. Charlotte Rampling is his old girlfriend who owns a restaurant. Boad is the villain responsible for the bad things that happened to Will's brother. Written by Andrea Barney <andrea808@hotmail.com>

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The hypnotic thriller from the director of Croupier and the classic Get Carter See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, a rape scene, violent images and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Paramount Classics

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Simple See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,415, 20 June 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$358,804, 14 November 2004
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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The title is derived from the song by the late Warren Zevon. See more »

Quotes

[first and last lines]
Will: Most thoughts are memories. And memories deceive. The walk. The way he smoked a cigarette. Laughed. The dead are dead. He's gone. What's left to ever say he was here at all? Not much.
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Then and There
Composed by Gilad Atzmon
With kind permission of Enja Records
M. Winckelmann GmbH/Edition MAWI
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why not have a plot
17 December 2004 | by loganbellSee all my reviews

After making movie magic in Croupier, Hodges and Owen thought they'd give it another try. Sadly, they fail.

The movie tries to be the usual cold and aloof Hodges who controls the screen, like his heroes control their rage and emotions. If you want to understand what it means to master the tone of a film, I rcommend seeing the original Get Carter. And with Croupier, it seemed Hodges was back and in Owens, he had found his muse.

Alas, this movie has the attitude of those earlier films. But it keeps its distance, not by elucidated characters, but by eluding plot. The first 45 minutes is all disjointed setup. When it finally does come together and the pieces of a revenge drama are put in place, there simply isn't enough story to make it work.


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