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Hallam Foe (2007)

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Hallam's talent for spying on people reveals his darkest fears-and his most peculiar desires. Driven to expose the true cause of his mother's death, he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city for love.

Director:

David Mackenzie

Writers:

Peter Jinks (novel), David Mackenzie (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Bell ... Hallam / Son
Sophia Myles ... Kate
Ciarán Hinds ... Julius / Father
Claire Forlani ... Verity / Wife / Stepmother
Lucy Holt ... Lucy / Daughter
John Paul Lawler John Paul Lawler ... Carl
Malcolm Shields ... Kilt Man
John Comerford John Comerford ... Grumpy Glaswegian
Gerry Cleary Gerry Cleary ... Grumpy Glaswegian
Paul Blair Paul Blair ... Raincoat Man
Neil McKinven ... Police Officer
Ruth Milne Ruth Milne ... Jenny (as Ruthie Milne)
Jamie Sives ... Alasdair
Maurice Roëves ... Raymond (as Maurice Roeves)
Stuart Hepburn Stuart Hepburn ... Police Inspector
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Storyline

The seventeen year-old Hallam Foe is a weird teenager that misses his mother, who committed suicide by drowning in a lake near their house in Edinburgh after an overdose of sleeping pills. Hallam spends his spare time peeping at the locals and blames his stepmother Verity Foe, accusing her of killing his mother. After a discussion with his father Julius Foe, Hallam sneaks out from his house and travels to Edinburgh, where he sees Kate Breck and becomes obsessed with her because of her resemblance to his mother. Kate hires Hallam to work in the kitchen of the hotel where she works and they have a strange romance, while Hallam reaches his maturity in the hardest way. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mister Foe See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£132,972 (United Kingdom), 2 September 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,490, 7 September 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$59,255, 17 October 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although much of Hallam Foe is filmed in central Edinburgh, the film avoids showing Edinburgh Castle, which is visible from many of the real life locations. See more »

Goofs

Hallam works in the Balmoral Hotel at the East end of Princes Street, yet all shots of the staff entrance to the hotel are clearly the Caledonian Hotel at the West end of the Street. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jenny: [to Hallam] You're dead. You're fucking dead! I'll get my brother on to you.
Carl: [to Jenny] Jen, come back, wait!
Carl: [to Hallam] If that was a joke, it wasn't a bit fucking funny. And I'd look out for her brother, he's fucking mental.
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Soundtracks

King Bubbles
Written by King Creosote
Performed by King Creosote
Published by Domino Publishing Co. Ltd.
Courtesy of Domino Recording Co. Ltd & Fence Records
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entertainingly wayward
6 September 2007 | by gsygsySee all my reviews

Excellent performances, including a beautiful one by the city of Edinburgh, are what make this erratic movie worth seeing. Jamie Bell is very endearing, and demonstrates a wide emotional range (compare and contrast dull American actors like Ryan Phillippe and Matt Damon). He's well supported by, amongst others, Sophia Myles, Jamie Sives, that wonderful old stager Maurice Roeves and, in an splendid cameo, Ewan Bremner.

The story loses itself in unconvincing melodrama towards the end, which is a pity. Up till then it's an eccentric, entertainingly wayward affair, with a sparky script, good photography and lively editing.


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