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Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

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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
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paddy Considine ... Richard
Gary Stretch ... Sonny
Toby Kebbell ... Anthony
Stuart Wolfenden Stuart Wolfenden ... Herbie
Neil Bell 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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

He's in all of us.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2004 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Vingança Redentora See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£695,393 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,825, 14 May 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,013, 28 May 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White (flashback scenes)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filming took three weeks and Toby Kebbell did all his scenes in the last week. See more »

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Anthony is wearing Adidas Popper Pants in the film, including the flashback scenes. If the flashback scenes were from eight years years ago, it would have been 1996. Adidas Popper Pants weren't released until 1997. 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 Scarface (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Untitled III
Written by 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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Terrific downbeat Brit Thriller
14 March 2005 | by gillman11See all my reviews

Harking back to a time when the Brits made decent thrillers instead of clumsy middle class comedies, Dead Man's Shoes is a real breath of fresh air.

Surprisingly coming from the director of 'Once Upon A Time In The Midlands' and 'A Room For Romeo Brass' this is very downbeat, violent but also has moments of high comedy.

The film also uses its Derbyshire locations brilliantly and looks fantastic.

Lead actor and co-screenwriter Paddy Considine is terrific value as usual and is surely well on the way to becoming one of the UK's premiere screen actors and all of the supporting cast are terrific particularly Toby Kebbell who plays the intellectually challenged brother (the actual descriptions used in the film probably breach review guidelines) and Gary Stretch - who'd've thought he could act?

Put it this way - your enjoyment of the film probably depends on your reaction to this one exchange of dialogue:

Herbie : What you lookin at?

Richard : You, you c***!

Loved it.


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