6.5/10
2,830
24 user 26 critic

Shifty (2008)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 24 April 2009 (UK)
Trailer
1:49 | Trailer
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 »

Director:

Eran Creevy

Writer:

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

Videos

Photos

Edit

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 Eddie Webber ... Bob Moran
Learn more

More Like This 

Ill Manors (2012)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The lives of four drug dealers, one user, and two prostitutes are explored.

Director: Plan B
Stars: Riz Ahmed, Ed Skrein, Lee Allen
Bullet Boy (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In one of East London's most volatile neighborhoods, pride, rivalry and revenge are the only codes on the street. Touted as a British Boyz in the Hood, Bullet Boy is a gripping and ... See full summary »

Director: Saul Dibb
Stars: Ashley Walters, Luke Fraser, Leon Black
Wild Bill (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A street-toughened parolee finds his two boys abandoned by their mum and fending for themselves. Time to step up, or not.

Director: Dexter Fletcher
Stars: Charlie Creed-Miles, Will Poulter, Sammy Williams
Kidulthood (2006)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London.

Director: Menhaj Huda
Stars: Aml Ameen, Red Madrell, Noel Clarke
The Firm (2009)
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Football hooligans organize themselves into firms that represent their favorite team.

Director: Nick Love
Stars: Paul Anderson, Calum MacNab, Daniel Mays
Adulthood (2008)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Six years after KiDULTHOOD, Sam Peel is released from jail for killing Trife, he realizes that life is no easier on the outside than it was on the inside and he's forced to confront the ... See full summary »

Director: Noel Clarke
Stars: Noel Clarke, Scarlett Alice Johnson, Adam Deacon
The Business (2005)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Frankie is sent from London to Spain to make a delivery to Charlie, who likes the kid and shows him the ropes including the use of guns and drugs. Frankie likes the sun, pools and the cute, bikini clad girls and stays in Spain.

Director: Nick Love
Stars: Danny Dyer, Tamer Hassan, Geoff Bell
I.D. (1995)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When a cop goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of hooligans, he finds himself being drawn to the other side.

Director: Phil Davis
Stars: Reece Dinsdale, Richard Graham, Perry Fenwick
Brotherhood I (2016)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

First, there was Kidulthood, then Adulthood, and now comes Noel Clarke's lastest instalment: Brotherhood. Sam is facing up to the new world. He realises it also comes with new problems; new... See full summary »

Director: Noel Clarke
Stars: Noel Clarke, Arnold Oceng, Red Madrell
Cass (2008)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An orphaned Jamaican baby is adopted by an elderly white couple and brought up in an all white area of London and becomes one of the most feared and respected men in Britain. Based on a true story.

Director: Jon S. Baird
Stars: Nonso Anozie, Gavin Brocker, Leo Gregory
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland.

Director: Mira Nair
Stars: Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland
Documentary | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge.

Directors: Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Riz Ahmed, Farhad Harun, Waqar Siddiqui
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

24 hours to deal yourself out

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

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 »

Alternate Versions

The UK release was cut, the distributor chose to remove some aggressive and directed uses of very strong language ('cunt') in order to obtain a 15 classification. An uncut 18 classification was available. See more »

Connections

References 24 Hour Party People (2002) See more »

User Reviews

 
Darkness On The Edge Of Town
11 October 2009 | by GrahamEnglandSee all my reviews

While a subject that is quite familiar to low budget UK films, 'Shifty' is better than most.

The tiny budget may have made too much flashiness impossible, the film is all the better for it. Since it gives a more realistic touch and lets the characters develop.

The film does was it sets out to do well, 24 hours in the life of a drug dealer (who unlike the usual stereotype had choices due to his good education and once supportive family). His limited world is upturned by an old friend returning to town after 4 years, after an event, not revealed until late in the film, though he has plenty of other problems looming.

Well shot, good characters, good script and it kept me interested from start to finish with some very good moments within a tight narrative.

Plenty of similar films in this genre deliver less than they promise, 'Shifty' on the other hand, to quote a well known advert in the UK 'Does What It Says On The Tin'. And does it very well. Recommended.


12 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Facebook Page | MySpace page | See more »

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Shifty See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

GBP244,579 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$245,426
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (European Film Market)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.



Recently Viewed