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Layer Cake (2004)

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A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement.

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Brinley Green ...
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Dimitri Andreas ...
Angelo
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Garry Tubbs ...
Brian
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Charlie (as Natalie Lunghi)
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A successful cocaine dealer, who has earned a respected place among England's Mafia elite, plans an early retirement from the business. However, big boss Jimmy Price hands down a tough assignment: find Charlotte Ryder, the missing rich princess daughter of Jimmy's old pal Edward, a powerful construction business player and gossip papers socialite. Complicating matters are two million pounds' worth of Grade A ecstasy, a brutal Serbian gang and a whole series of double crossings. The title "LAYER CAKE" refers to the layers or levels anyone in business goes through in rising to the top. What is revealed is a modern underworld where the rules have changed. There are no 'codes', or 'families' and respect lasts as long as a line. Not knowing who he can trust, he has to use all his 'savvy', 'telling' and skills which make him one of the best, to escape his own. The ultimate last job, a love interest called Tammy, and an international drug ring threaten to draw him back into the 'cake mix'. ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong brutal violence, sexuality, nudity, pervasive language and drug use | See all certifications »

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3 June 2005 (USA)  »

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L4yer Cake  »

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Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,090,561 (United Kingdom), 3 October 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$81,706, 15 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,338,695, 14 August 2005
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Trivia

In the opening montage, XXXX walks through a pharmacy, in which he imagines all the products are drugs, like cocaine and ecstasy, branded with labels such as "FCUK reality". The founder of French Connection (FCUK), Stephen Marks, was the Executive Producer of the film. See more »

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When XXXX and Gene are drinking at Gene's apartment, the whiskey bottles change positions between shots. See more »

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[last lines]
Sidney: I'm sorry.
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Crazy Credits

The film lacks a traditional opening title. The title Layer Cake appears ten minutes into the film on a door that XXXX walks through. See more »

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Featured in 20 to 1: Hollywood's Hot List (2009) See more »

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Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell and Sol Marcus
(c) 1965 Bennie Benjamin Music, Inc and Chris-n-Jen Music
Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp and Chris-n-Jen Music
Performed by Joe Cocker
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd and Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd
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Clever
27 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is a clever drug dealer movie set in the UK. It starts out with the main character (XXXX) and narrator cheerfully extolling the virtues of the drug industry when you are careful and organised like he is. He is about to retire with a nice little fortune. Then it all starts to go wrong, one thing after another as layers are added to the plot.

Sometimes it seems as if the plot is too complex and there are two dangers, one of leaving the audience behind and two leaving gaping holes in the plot. Still the humour and action set pieces are enough to pull it through. It is not as good as Snatch or Lock, Stock etc but is original enough to stand on its own right. Worth a look.


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