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The Business (2005)

Frankie decides he's had enough with his life as a street thug living on a South London estate, and jets off to spain where he meets big time businessman Charlie, who's currently running ... See full summary »

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Nick Love

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Nick Love
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Dyer ... Frankie
Tamer Hassan ... Charlie
Geoff Bell ... Sammy
Georgina Chapman ... Carly
Eddie Webber ... Ronnie
Adam Bolton Adam Bolton ... Danny
Linda Henry Linda Henry ... Shirley
Roland Manookian ... Sonny
Arturo Venegas Arturo Venegas ... Mayor
Camille Coduri ... Nora
Martin Marquez Martin Marquez ... Pepe
Andy Linden Andy Linden ... Joe (as Andy Linton)
Sally Watkins Sally Watkins ... Mum
Eduardo Duro Eduardo Duro ... Carlos
Tracy Kirby Tracy Kirby ... Laura (as Tracey Kirby)
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Storyline

Frankie decides he's had enough with his life as a street thug living on a South London estate, and jets off to spain where he meets big time businessman Charlie, who's currently running the hottest bars in the land and also a South London bank robber and drug kingpin. From here on in Frankie signs up to a lifetime of crime, women and drugs and works his way from the bottom to the top of the Spanish cocaine empire with Charlie and Fellow bank robber and drug kingpin Sammy who does not give Frankie the best reception.

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This firm will blow you away See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and drug content, violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

UK | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 September 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Biznisz See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£531,267 (United Kingdom), 4 September 2005, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Danny Dyer and Linda Henry both go on to have roles in eastenders where Linda also plays a character called Shirley and is playing Danny Dyer's mum. See more »

Goofs

The scene repeated twice, when Frankie and Charlie are on the run right before attacking the guys doing drugs, both pass in front of two girls, one is wearing the "Frankie says Relax" t-shirt but, on first the take, Charlie looks at her and says: "fuck off". It must be a warning of things to come. See more »

Quotes

Frankie: Two beers please, and I don't suppose there's a chance you'll suck my cock?
Lady at bar: No, there isn't a chance. My old man's over there, and he's a big cunt.
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Director would like to thank and dedicate the film to The Witch See more »

Connections

References Puckman (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Video Killed the Radio Star
Written by Geoff Downes, Trevor Horn and Bruce Woolley
Performed by The Buggles
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Scorsese Wannabe
22 March 2007 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

I can't get enough of gangsters . I saw GOODFELLAS for the 20th billionth time last week and I bought THE DEPARTED on DVD yesterday so earlier tonight I sat down to watch Nick Love's much hyped - At least much hyped by Film Four - gangster movie THE BUSINESS

Did I say I couldn't get enough of gangsters ? Perhaps what I meant to say was I can't get enough of Scorsese because I got the impression that Nick Love was trying to emulate Scorsese's style and that is fatal for any director . Like GOODFELLAS and several other Scorsese classics the musical soundtrack is very important but for some reason Love seems to have thrown as many pop songs as possible into the mix . It's mentioned that towards the end of the story that it's 1987 with much of the narrative taking place before this , but the 80s tracks seem to be placed without any thought being put into their appropriate place within the chronology

The story itself is similar to a Scorsese film in that it's male orientated and misogynistic . Only difference is that the female characters are central to the plot in the Scorsese universe while in THE BUSINESS they seem to exist to just so to set an amusing scene towards the end where Frankie has to earn some money and one can't help thinking perhaps Love should have concentrated on a style of his own and put more thought into his own screenplay or perhaps even have directed a story written by somebody else therefore this audience member wouldn't have structuralist theories while watching a Nick Love movie

As for the cast I do remember writing in my review of BORSTAL BOY that Danny Dyer is an actor who could become a big name and I still stick by that but it's obvious he's rather unconvincing as a big hard gangster . I also couldn't help noticing that Camille Coduri and Linda Henry seem to be playing the same characters ( Though far more foul mouthed ) that they play in DOCTOR WHO and EASTENDERS respectively but as I said their characters are woefully underdeveloped so perhaps I shouldn't blame the actresses

THE BUSINESS is loud , violent and foul mouthed but most of all disappointing . Like OUTLAW the screenplay needed more work on it and perhaps the next film Love makes has a stronger producer who wants to find out like this audience member if he has an idiosyncratic style of his own


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