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British crime drama in which the diverging fortunes of a pair of friends threaten to destroy them both. After a long, hard struggle Vince (Freddie Connor) is finally going places. Set for ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Foreman ... Dave
Danny John-Jules ... Phil
Zoë Tapper ... Nancy
Gordon Alexander ... Bobby
Kellie Shirley ... Jo
Freddie Connor ... Vince
Duncan Watkinson Duncan Watkinson ... Tony (as Duncan Clyde)
Joan Hodges ... Jean (Bobby's Mum)
Jay Brown ... Simon
Barber Ali ... Big Guy
Sheraiah Larcher ... Bassy
Joseph Morgan ... Paul
Dynamo Dynamo ... The Dealer
Maria Papas ... Mirrell
Melody Woodhead Melody Woodhead ... Mirrell's Friend
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British crime drama in which the diverging fortunes of a pair of friends threaten to destroy them both. After a long, hard struggle Vince (Freddie Connor) is finally going places. Set for promotion from a nightclub manager to his dream job overseeing a casino and due to be married to Nancy (Zoe Tapper), Vince is looking forward to the future. In contrast, his childhood friend, Bobby (Gordon Alexander), has failed to escape from the desperate world of drugs and gambling and now owes a huge amount of money to a casino. Unhappily for Vince, the casino Bobby owes money to happens to be run by his boss, East End gangster Dave (Jamie Foreman), putting Vince in a very awkward position indeed...

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East End Loan... Dead End Debt

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Crime | Thriller

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 2012 (UK) See more »

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Budget:

£100,000 (estimated)
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Dangerous Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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What Just Happened?
16 April 2012 | by medialuvrSee all my reviews

Brit gangster movies can be enjoyable, but this one was simply too tedious and confusing for me. I really wanted to like it. Closer editing would have condensed the story into a crisper 30 minute presentation. The production team was obviously going for gritty street realism, and it showed. It is truly regrettable that I have to produce ten lines of text for this review to be posted, but here goes. The characters were one-dimensional; "Dave" did not come across with the gravitas one seeks in a cinematic villain; Bobby was not tragically flawed, merely tragic; the soundtrack was even more grating than Dave's tire iron; viewers will struggle to differentiate major, minor, and other characters. Would I be spoiling if I recommended that readers not invest any wealth, interest, emotion, or time into this movie? I give it a 5 because I still can't figure out what happened, and that which did happen might have been good to other viewers. Or maybe not.


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