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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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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Ian McShane and Ray Winstone also appear together in Jawbone (2017) & Sexy Beast (2000) See more »

Quotes

Colin Diamond: I want you dead. I think you owe me that. I do. Because that's what you've done to me. You've fucking killed me.
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Features Samson and Delilah (1949) 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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Not as good as it should be
8 June 2009 | by tegoodfellowSee all my reviews

(I saw this at the Sydney Film Festival, but IMDb has it as "in production", so I may have seen an incomplete version.) The pitch would have been something like "Reservoir Dogs meets Last Orders". From Reservoir Dogs we get the basic set-up of a bunch of crooks played by fine actors meeting in a lock-up and debating what to do with their captive, plus an enigmatic title and a flashback structure. From Last Orders comes a group of top-notch actors clearly enjoying themselves in a brown, downbeat London.

Some of the dialogue is fun if you like expletives spat out in poetry-like rhythms. There are good jokes and the acting is, as you'd expect from this lot, pretty fine. I was particularly pleased to see Stephen Dillane get his chance to prove himself cinematically after such an impressive theatrical career.

The downside is the plot, or rather the lack of it. The basic premise is laid out early on in the piece, and there is no real conflict to maintain our interest. Contrast the uniformity of opinion here with the combustible dynamics of Mr Blond, Mr White et al and the problem is clear. Some dream sequences intended to open the tale out feel forced, and a couple of minor twists are inconsequential.

If this script had been produced with a younger group of unknown actors it might get hailed for its promise. With this cast, 44 Inch Chest can only be counted a disappointment.


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Release Date:

15 January 2010 (UK) See more »

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44 Inch Chest See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,185, 17 January 2010

Gross USA:

$39,033

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$294,245
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