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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.


Mike Hodges


Trevor Preston
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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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


For three long years, Will Graham led a quiet life. Things are about to change. 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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Did You Know?


It's possible Will Graham could be suffering from Clinical Depression. This is hinted at in dialogue when it is mentioned that Will had a breakdown and hence him leaving London and going into exile for 3 years. See more »


Al Shaw: He ain't gonna give no one no trouble.
Turner: Don't *ever* underestimate Will Graham. He's a fierce man who'll go the distance.
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Referenced in Ravenswood: I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2014) See more »


Then and There
Composed by Gilad Atzmon
With kind permission of Enja Records
M. Winckelmann GmbH/Edition MAWI
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You'll sleep while it's on
6 November 2004 | by cliveowensucksSee all my reviews

You'll sleep while it's on

As you might guess, I'm not Clive Owen's biggest fan, having suffered through his woodenly monotonous performances, but I forced myself to see this because Mike Hodges has made some good films in the past (as well as cack like MORONS FROM OUTER SPACE). Sadly, this manages to be even worse than MORONS, a numbingly tedious movie where the semi-comatose leads are at least three hours behind the audience in guessing the plot. The shock revelation was obvious from the start and Hodges never makes you interested in getting there. He's not helped by his cast. They're either overacting like McDowell or Meyers or totally incapable of showing signs of life, like Rampling and Owen. Even before it was invented Rampling has always looked like she's had too much botox, but inexperienced filmgoers might think she'd OD'd here she's so stiff. Her expression doesn't change from its deathmask once. Owen is more hopeless than usual, shuffling through like a zombie from a cheap George Romero ripoff. He still can't act and his vocal performance is still like a bored photocopier salesman demonstrating some clapped out machine with one eye on the clock for the pub's opening.

Contrary to other posters, it's not thoughtful or atmospheric. The plot is obvious, the characters infantile. There's no depth, no ideas, just a dragging running time to fill out. And it is achingly slow in the doing it. From a first-timer this picture would have been laughed out of the office at script stage it's so empty and predictable.

British audiences shunned the film (as they did CROUPIER) but Americans might just mistake his accent for a performance. But for the rest of us, it's another pitiful performance in the dullest British gangster film of the past twenty years. That's quite an achievement, but it's the film's only one.

If you really want to see a good new British revenge movie, check out Dead Man's Shoes instead - that really is the business. This is just a photocopy of a photocopy.

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Release Date:

30 April 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,415, 20 June 2004

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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