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Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 1 October 2004 (Ireland)
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A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago.

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Shane Meadows
4 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paddy Considine ... Richard
Gary Stretch ... Sonny
Toby Kebbell ... Anthony
Stuart Wolfenden ... Herbie
Neil Bell ... Soz
Paul Sadot Paul Sadot ... Tuff
Seamus O'Neill Seamus O'Neill ... Big Al (as Seamus O'Neal)
Jo Hartley ... Marie
Paul Hurstfield ... Mark
Emily Aston ... Patti
George Newton ... Gypsy John
Craig Considine Craig Considine ... Craig
Matt Considine Matt Considine ... Matthew
Andrew Shim ... Elvis
Arthur Meadows Arthur Meadows ... Mourner
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Richard returns home from military service to a small town in the Midlands. He has one thing on his mind: revenge. Payback for the local bullies who did some very bad things to his brother. At first his campaign employs guerrilla tactics, designed to frighten the men and put them ill at ease. But then he steps up his operation, and one by one these local tough guys are picked off by the terrifying angel of vengeance that Richard has become. Written by Mr_John_Barrymore

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He's in all of us.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

The ruined castle featured is Riber Castle, which housed a small zoo in its grounds from the 1960s, featuring mostly British wildlife. It is located on a hill about 600 feet above Matlock, in Derbyshire, England. The zoo closed in 2000 and the castle lay empty until it was bought by property developers, who converted it into apartments. See more »

Goofs

When Sonny, Soz and Herbie set off up the stairs with weapons to check for Richard's presence, they get to the top of the stairs in a different order than they started. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard: [narrating] God will forgive them. He'll forgive them and allow them into Heaven. I can't live with that.
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Crazy Credits

Before the credits roll, the film is dedicated to the memory of Paddy Considine's father. See more »

Connections

References One Million Years B.C. (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Ritual Road Map
Written by J. Burns and J. Convertino
Performed by Calexico
With kind permission of Quarterstick Records
Licensed by Bug Music Limited on behalf of Good Clean Dirt and Lunada Bay
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How British Low Budget Should Be Done
31 January 2006 | by originalboojumSee all my reviews

If you do not like dark, challenging films, don't bother.

If you are ready for something unlike anything you've ever seen, and are not afraid to confront difficult emotions, give this film a go, you won't be disappointed.

From the start the tone is set. A bleak town in Northern England, like many bleak towns in northern England. With petty, small time drug dealers, like petty small time drug dealers everywhere, vicious and stupid. Then into their lives comes a mysterious figure, in a green parka. And nothing will ever be the same.

It's difficult to describe the movie without spoilers, and I do not want to spoil a single second of what is possibly the most powerful and emotionally wrenching film I have seen for a decade and more (made all the more powerful by the haunting music). Paddy Considine (who wrote and stars in the film) is stunning as, for want of a better phrase, an avenging angel, albeit a fallen one. The menace and tension builds and builds (including perhaps the best depiction of a bad LSD trip ever set down on film - it's an extremely discomforting experience if you've ever been on the wrong end of a bad trip, believe me) until the harrowing climax. This is not a nice film. This is not a fun film. This is, however, an exceptional film, and perhaps more importantly it is an honest film, a true film if such a thing can be said of fiction.

If you want smiles, or empty action, or to put your brain on hold, this is not the film for you.

If, however, you want a film with genuine emotional depth, that makes you think and resonates far after the end credits have finished, then this may be what you're looking for.

Just don't expect an easy ride.

An overused word, but the closest I've seen to a masterpiece for many a long year.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2004 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP695,393 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,825, 14 May 2006

Gross USA:

$6,408

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$203,450
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Black and White (flashback scenes)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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