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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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Matthew Vaughn

Writers:

J.J. Connolly (screenplay), J.J. Connolly (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Craig ... XXXX
Tom Hardy ... Clarkie
Jamie Foreman ... Duke
Sally Hawkins ... Slasher
Burn Gorman ... Gazza
Brinley Green Brinley Green ... Nobby
George Harris ... Morty
Tamer Hassan ... Terry
Colm Meaney ... Gene
Marcel Iures ... Slavo
Francis Magee ... Paul the Boatman
Dimitri Andreas Dimitri Andreas ... Angelo
Kenneth Cranham ... Jimmy Price
Garry Tubbs Garry Tubbs ... Brian
Nathalie Lunghi ... Charlie (as Natalie Lunghi)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Romanian

Release Date:

3 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L4yer Cake See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$81,706, 15 May 2005

Gross USA:

$2,338,695

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,850,214
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS (US prints)| DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The song that plays while XXXX (Daniel Craig) and Morty (George Harris) drive to see Jimmy (Kenneth Cranham) was intended to be a temporary track until something better was found, but the filmmakers liked it so much, it remained in the final cut. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film, XXXX makes it clear that he hates guns and violence. Yet, when he hears the recording of Jimmy talking to a police officer about Gene and himself, he takes upon himself to kill Jimmy. This is irrational since it would have been easier and smarter to let Gene and Morty hear the recording and discuss how Jimmy should be silenced. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Temple: What the fuck is this? A vicar's tea party?
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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 »


Soundtracks

Making Plans for Nigel
Written by Colin Moulding
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Performed by XTC
Licensed courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd
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Like a good cake, it gets better with each layer.
9 October 2004 | by sith-7See all my reviews

I was expecting good things and wasn't disappointed. It's been a while since I saw a good British gangster film. Layer Cake filled the void nicely. The acting was good, script was tight and the film was well cast. People I had not seen before were well used in their characters. The film starts out nice and simple but as it progreses it gets quite deep and twisted.

I was most surprised by Colm Meaney, I've ever only known him in Startrek.

But was superbly cast and had a quite menacing air about him.

LC has a few laughs for those with a more twisted sense of humour, it's not obvious comedy either and the film never plays for laughs. Very different to Lock Stock and Snatch. The director did well to move out from Guy Ritchie and make a serious film.


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