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The Legend of the Tamworth Two (2004)

Based on a true story, the movie tells the story of two pigs, named Butch and Sundance, who staged a dramatic escape from an abattoir in January 1998 and remained at large for a week ... See full summary »


Metin Hüseyin


Jed Mercurio




Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Horan ... Ned Watkins
Tim Plester ... Eddie the Slaughterman
Trevor Peacock ... Mr. Martin
Brenda Cowling Brenda Cowling ... Mrs. Martin
Darren Boyd ... PC "Dusty" Springfield
Emma Pierson ... Jenny West
Chris Langham ... Jack
Alexei Sayle ... Newspaper Editor
John Sessions ... Rival Editor
Dermot Murnaghan ... Self
Rafe Spall ... Crustie
Kevin Whately ... Wolf
Natasha Day Natasha Day ... Sundance (voice)
James Dodd James Dodd ... Butch (voice)
Brian Blessed ... Wild Boar (voice)


Based on a true story, the movie tells the story of two pigs, named Butch and Sundance, who staged a dramatic escape from an abattoir in January 1998 and remained at large for a week despite the best effort of the press and public to re-capture them. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Family | Comedy | Drama


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In real life, Butch was female (a sow) and Sundance was male (a boar). In this film, it's the other way around. See more »


References Fight Club (1999) See more »

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I really wanted to like this....

... but sorry, it didn't work. I loved the concept, and there are some truly talented actors here(Brian Blessed and Kevin Whately), but what didn't work was that the script was not great leaving the actors little to work with or do and the story didn't know whether it wanted to be comical or serious. Based on a true story, The Legend of the Tamworth Two does have its good things. One is that the animiatronics and scenery are good. The music was also pretty nice as well, the Tamworth Pigs were cute and Brian Blessed and Emma Pierson are fine in their roles. The story though is bland, not only is it unevenly paced but it is very unfocused at times. The script is also a major problem, it could have been witty and sharp for both kids and adults but the humour wasn't funny and the drama was slushy. And as for the references to other films, I had no problem with the Jaws reference but the Fight Club one should've been completely scrapped. The direction is rather plodding too, some scenes at the beginning are quite poorly directed. While the pigs were cute, the accents were awful, and Darren Boyd manages to as bland as the story. My biggest disappointment though was Kevin Whately; I like Whately, he is great in Inspector Morse, Lewis and Peak Practice, and I enjoyed his turn in the Joan Hickson adaptation of A Murder is Announced but as the Wolf, he does overact to the point of embarrassment, though I will say I don't think the script helped him that much. At 60 minutes, The Legend of the Tamworth Two is pretty tame, but for those in the want of a charming piece of escapism(like Babe for instance), it is pretty bland as well. 4/10 Bethany Cox

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Release Date:

12 April 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lenda dos 2 Porquinhos See more »

Filming Locations:

Isle of Man


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GBP2,000,000 (estimated)
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