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Shifty (2008)

Unrated | | Thriller | 24 April 2009 (UK)
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Shifty, a young crack cocaine dealer in London, sees his life quickly spiral out of control when his best friend returns home. Stalked by a customer desperate to score at all costs, and ... See full summary »

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Eran Creevy

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Eran Creevy
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Riz Ahmed ... Shifty
Daniel Mays ... Chris
Jason Flemyng ... Glen
Nitin Ganatra ... Rez
Jay Simpson ... Trevor
Dannielle Brent Dannielle Brent ... Jasmine
Francesca Annis ... Valerie
Kate Groombridge ... Loretta
Jason Maza ... Malik
Jordan Long ... Lenny
Rory Jennings Rory Jennings ... Otis
Courtney Day Courtney Day ... Otis' Girlfriend
Gracie Fitch Gracie Fitch ... Katie Palmer
Nathaniel Gleed Nathaniel Gleed ... Freddie Palmer
Eddie Webber ... Bob Moran
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Shifty, a young crack cocaine dealer in London, sees his life quickly spiral out of control when his best friend returns home. Stalked by a customer desperate to score at all costs, and with his family about to turn their back on him for good, Shifty must out-run and out-smart a rival drug dealer intent on setting him up for a big fall. As his long time friend Chris confronts the dark past he left behind him, Shifty is forced to face up to the violent future he's hurtling towards.

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24 hours to deal yourself out

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Country:

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English

Release Date:

24 April 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Shifty - Uma História Urbana See more »

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Opening Weekend:

$90,658 (United Kingdom), 26 April 2009, Limited Release
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| (European Film Market)

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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When Trevor is discussing the holiday hire car with his wife, the boom microphone is clearly visible in the reflection of the glass cabinet above her head. See more »

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References 24 Hour Party People (2002) See more »

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A small budget film that shines.
10 October 2011 | by mgould23See all my reviews

It is hard to believe they made this film for £100k. I wasn't expecting it to be great, but it was far better than I expected. I liked the two main characters Shifty and Chris and the whole ensemble were very good.

Riz Ahmed and Daniel Mays are both very good actors, I had seen a fine performance by Daniel Mays in Mike Leigh's 'All or Nothing' but it was the first time I had seen Riz. Although they aren't really well known outside TV and smaller budget stuff, both these actors are going to be big names in the future. I have great regard for all the actors who appear in Mike Leigh films and Daniel Mays will be up there with Tim Spall, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Rea, Phil Davis to name a few.

It is a fairly simple story of a drug dealer who runs into big trouble, it is a good portrait of the seedy world of drugs and the horrors they bring. Although very different, I would recommend this film to anyone who liked 'Sexy Beast' 'Dead Man's Shoes'.

They did a brilliant job with £100k.


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