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44 Inch Chest (2009)

R | | Crime, Drama | 15 January 2010 (UK)
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A jealous husband and his friends plot the kidnapping of his wife's lover with the intention of restoring his wounded ego.

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Malcolm Venville
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ray Winstone ... Colin Diamond
Ian McShane ... Meredith
John Hurt ... Old Man Peanut
Tom Wilkinson ... Archie
Stephen Dillane ... Mal
Joanne Whalley ... Liz Diamond
Melvil Poupaud ... Loverboy
Steven Berkoff ... Tippi Gordon
Edna Doré Edna Doré ... Archie's Mum
Andy de la Tour ... Biggy Walpole
Derek Lea ... Bumface
Ramon Christian Ramon Christian ... Boy on Sofa
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Storyline

Colin (Ray Winstone) is in agony, shattered by his wife's infidelity. However, he has friends who do more than stand by. They kidnap the wife's French lover and hold him prisoner so that Colin can restore his manhood with revenge. A kangaroo court takes place, and as the situation escalates, loverboy's life hangs in the balance as Colin wrestles with revenge, remorse, grief, and self pity, all the while egged on by his motley crew of friends who just want him to get on with it so they can get down to the pub.

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Taglines:

The Measure of Revenge

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive strong language including sexual references, and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

44 дюймa See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,185, 17 January 2010

Gross USA:

$39,033

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$294,245
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Color:

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The word "fu-ck" is used one hundred sixty-two times. See more »

Quotes

Old Man Peanut: Poof?
Mal: He's thinking of Farrady. He's been dead for years.
Meredith: Farraday. He was alright. He was a gentle giant.
Mal: He was only 5'4''
Meredith: I fucked him back in the 80's. I'm telling you, he was a gentle giant.
Mal: Did you? I didn't know that.
Old Man Peanut: We do now.
Meredith: He was a very shy man. I liked him.
Old Man Peanut: No, it's not that cunt I'm thinking of. It was that other cunt. Cunt with the ears. Pen and inked something terrible.
Mal: That's Dougie Clark. The Human Stinkbomb.
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Featured in Angela and Friends: Episode #1.39 (2010) See more »

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Chills and Fever
Written by Bill Ness and Bobby Rackep
Performed by Tom Jones
Published by Hermes Music Company/Carlin Music Corp
Licensed courtesy of The Decca Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Operations
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Actors make-up the inches for stagey film
18 January 2010 | by C-YounkinSee all my reviews

British tough guys unite, and for once Guy Ritchie has nothing to do with it. "44 Inch Chest", from "Sexy Beast" writers Louis Mellis and David Scinto, boasts one of the best casts of the new year, with Tom Wilkinson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, and a very impressive Ray Winstone. And for much of it, that's exactly the point.

Winstone plays Colin, a hopeless-romantic plunged into depression once learning that his wife (Joanne Whalley) is having an affair. He rounds up his friends, Archie (Wilkinson), Meredith (McShane), Peanut (Hurt), and Cal (Stephen Dillane) and kidnaps her lover boy.

What follows is talky and stagey, but works if you're into tough guys dealing with sensitive issues of marriage and love to name a few. The dialogue is hilarious, expletive-filled, and at times kinda moving (a long speech about love given by Colin especially). And the real joy is watching these actors work together. John Hurt viciously growls his dialogue as the group's meanest and oldest. McShane is polished and soft-spoken as a single-life-loving homosexual. And Wilkinson, Dillane, and Whalley have less showy roles, but play them well. Unfortunately the second half drifts into a confusing bit of madness from Colin that gives the supporting cast little to do. But Winstone, going mano-e-mano with the mostly-silent lover boy, finds the tortured-soul inside this domineering tough and keeps you guessing how this all will end. Director Malcolm Venville creates suspense but can't overcome the condensed setting, no matter how many flashbacks or clips of old movies ("Samson and Delilah" plays into the film) he uses, and he fumble's the end's emotional climax, but top-notch actors make "Chest" worth seeing.


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