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16 Years of Alcohol (2003)

R | | Crime, Drama | 30 July 2004 (UK)
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16 years of alcohol is about a skinhead named Frankie; his violent childhood, alcoholism and his love for Ska.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frankie
... Helen
... Mary
... Miller
Michael Moreland ... Budgie
Russell Anderson ... Kill
... Frankie - Boy
... Frankie's Father (as Lewis MacLeod)
Lisa May Cooper ... Frankie's Mother
... Jake
... Dad's Lover
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... Male Actor
Marcia Rose ... Female Actor
... Rival Gang Boy 1 (as Naoufal Ousellam)
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16 years of alcohol is about a skinhead named Frankie; his violent childhood, alcoholism and his love for Ska.

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Rated R for pervasive language, some violent content and sexual material | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$82, 15 April 2005, Limited Release

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$7,515, 15 May 2005
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Frankie: There is a time when you never think of things like survival. Fearless people know that this is something, that cannot last for long. The brave ones know the truth. They know about fear. Sometimes it's not possible to tell people that you're afraid. It just wouldn't help the situation. It's not a good feeling. Fear. Fear. Fear. Sometimes, if you try, things can take a different turn. If your heart, beats in the right way, at least you have a chance.
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References Enter the Dragon (1973) See more »

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Calling The Tune
Written by Stuart Adamson and Richard Jobson
Performed by The Skids
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One from the heart
3 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Co-founder of The Skids-turned-film critic Richard Jobson puts his ambition where his mouth is in a striking directorial debut.

Superficial comparisons to Trainspotting are inevitable (set in Edinburgh, starring Kevin McKidd and featuring Ewen Bremner in a tale of struggle against addiction) but the gentle mood, flourishes of Expressionist style, John Rhodes' luminous photography and a haunting piano score plant this firmly in art-house territory.

After witnessing his father's philandering, Frankie Mac (McKidd) grows into the hard-drinking leader of a gang of skinheads (with Jobson trowling on the visual references to A Clockwork Orange) until the love of a good woman gives him a way out. But redemption proves a big step and his aggressive paranoia ensures he's not out of woods yet.

The work of Chungking Express director Wong Kar-Wai, who encouraged this project, is a major influence and a mixed blessing for Jobson; he occasionally over-eggs his point too literally (a moment in which Frankie appears to have come full circle is unnecessarily overplayed with flashbacks to remind you why it's poignant) and McKidd's melancholy voice-over sometimes intrudes.

But these are small flaws in a passionate, poetic film about hope which makes a genuine attempt to find a unique cinematic voice and is powered by an awesome, committed and hugely credible performance from McKidd.


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