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Bullet Boy (2004)

R | | Drama | 8 April 2005 (UK)
In one of East London's most volatile neighborhoods, pride, rivalry and revenge are the only codes on the street. Touted as a British Boyz in the Hood, Bullet Boy is a gripping and ... See full summary »

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Saul Dibb
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Walters ... Ricky
Luke Fraser Luke Fraser ... Curtis
Leon Black Leon Black ... Wisdom
Clare Perkins Clare Perkins ... Beverley (as Claire Perkins)
Sharea Samuels Sharea Samuels ... Shea (as Sharea-mounira Samuels)
Curtis Walker Curtis Walker ... Leon
Rio Tison Rio Tison ... Rio
Clark Lawson Clark Lawson ... Godfrey
Jadiel Vitalis Jadiel Vitalis ... Meadow
Sylvester Williams Sylvester Williams ... Neville
Jaime Winstone ... Natalie (as Jamie Winstone)
Louise Delamere ... Probation Officer
Des Hamilton ... School Teacher
Chris Callendar Chris Callendar ... Ricky's Solicitor
Husseyn Clus Husseyn Clus ... Turkish Van Driver
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Storyline

In one of East London's most volatile neighborhoods, pride, rivalry and revenge are the only codes on the street. Touted as a British Boyz in the Hood, Bullet Boy is a gripping and authentic drama that takes an unflinching look at two troubled, street-smart boys. Fresh out of jail, 18-year-old Ricky (Ashley Walters, Get Rich or Die Tryin') and his 12-year-old brother, Curtis, struggle to walk the straight and narrow when a minor street clash escalates into an all-out neighborhood war. For Ricky and Curtis, friendships, family and loyalty will be tested to the extreme in a world where guns are a fact of everyday life and boys try to be men before they're even teenagers. Music by Massive Attack. Written by Anonymous

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Pray... They may be your last words... See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, a strong sex scene, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bullet Boy - Sem Perdão See more »

Filming Locations:

Hackney, London, England, UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£140,332 (United Kingdom), 10 April 2005, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shot largely within one square mile on the edge of Hackney. See more »

Goofs

When Rio and Leon are playing hide and seek, the boom microphone is visible in the lower left corner screen for a second. See more »

Soundtracks

Drawing Board
Performed by Terri Walker
Written by Louise Francis and James Yards
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Moving, with a bite of realism and a dose of moralism
26 September 2005 | by tezzzaaaSee all my reviews

I would like to start off saying that I appreciated the movie for dealing with the black community in London. No rude cockney gangsters, catchy crime scams or laughably stupid dope dealers. The family this movie deals with is a single mum home with two sons, one just out of prison, the other still too young to be involved in anything hazardous, but looking up at his brother and already copying some of his ways.

I enjoyed the language and the characters who were all convincing and complex enough but, how carefully put down they were, the more obvious and stereotypical were the things happening to them. Everything going from bad to worse, who plays with fire is gonna get burnt. And then the ultimate contrast of either sinking into crime and sin (devil), or choosing the righteous path and go to church every Sunday (god).

This easy moralism hurt the rest of the film. It made things predictable. It was like a newspaper article collage, one shock after the other. It took away much of the complexity that I found in the characters themselves. It really is a shame because the development of the characters could have been much more subtle and would have fit in better with the style of the movie that deals with a gritty context matter but managed to use a soft and sometimes almost dreamy camera and score, not unlike other recent British films, such a 'Morvern Callar' and '16 Years of alcohol'.


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