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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.

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Mike Hodges

Writer:

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 ... 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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For three long years, Will Graham led a quiet life. Things are about to change. See more »


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

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Julie Christie, Jacqueline Bisset and Vanessa Redgrave were all considered for the role that went to Charlotte Rampling. See more »

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[Davey is sitting on the bed as Stella comes in. He locks the door behind her and shoves a chair under the handle to jam it shut. Davey leads Stella to the bathroom and looks in the mirror briefly, rumpling his hair again. He pulls out a small package of cocaine powder]
Stella, Drugs Seeker: How much?
Davey: One and a bit.
Stella, Drugs Seeker: A bit?
Davey: Eleven.
Davey: [...]
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Connections

Referenced in Ravenswood: I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2014) See more »

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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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Character Study of criminals in intertwined stories that slowly comes together
1 April 2006 | by markuswsSee all my reviews

This story starts with several sets of mostly low life characters in various settings and slowly shows how the characters relate. Davey(Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is the self absorbed party animal, low level drug dealer whose tragic events form the glue to tie the characters together. Will (Clive Owen) first appears as a hard working back to nature recluse, but we soon learn he is Davey's brother. We learn that this morose woodsman was some kind of crime boss. His return to deal with Davey's tragedy kicks off the pivotal events that make up the rest of the movie. What looks at first like several disjointed stories slowly starts tying together. This is not your glorified crime life like the Godfather, or the Sopranos. This story is not about action, it's about how criminals think and feel and act based on those thoughts and feelings. It is a dark world, full of bad choices and painful consequences. It is a somewhat complicated story like these kinds of things are in real life. There are old relationships: loves, friends, enemies that must be dealt with in a time when emotion is hard to control. If you want something fast, are looking for clear cut plots, and easily understood characters you will be disappointed. I personally like movies sometimes that are not afraid to break with clear cut formulas and don't feel compelled to explain everything in clear terms. I found the movie very intriguing. This is a movie about how characters, in this case, criminals, process tragic events. These dark characters living in this dark world had to deal with something that was especially dark to them. The story moves slowly because it is not about action, but the dark setting, the subtle effects on the characters as the story progresses and so on. In reality tragic events are often not clear cut, and the movie is real in its development of the story. I found myself feeling for the characters, albeit mostly sadness and a little pity with a little admiration, compassion, and understanding thrown in. If you enjoy film noir I think you might like this film.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

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

Gross USA:

$360,759

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$490,964
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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