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Awaydays (2009)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 22 May 2009 (UK)
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In the grim early years of Margaret Thatcher's premiership, also the crown years of hooliganism, the opportunities for thrill-seeking young men are what they've always been: sex, drugs, rock n' roll, fashion, football and fighting.

Director:

Pat Holden

Writers:

Kevin Sampson, Kevin Sampson (from his novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicky Bell Nicky Bell ... Carty
Liam Boyle ... Elvis
Stephen Graham ... Godden
Oliver Lee Oliver Lee ... Baby
Lee Battle Lee Battle ... Billy
Michael Ryan Michael Ryan ... Marty (as Micheal Ryan)
Sean Ward Sean Ward ... Robbie
Anthony Borrows ... Pee Wee (as Anthony Burrows)
David Barlow David Barlow ... Eddie
Elliot Hughes Elliot Hughes ... Jimmy
Holliday Grainger ... Molly (as Holliday Granger)
Ian Puleston-Davies ... Uncle Bob
Ged McKenna Ged McKenna ... Mr. Carty
Lianne Sorsa Lianne Sorsa ... Suzy (as Lianna Sorza)
Dannielle Malone Dannielle Malone ... Janie (as Danielle Malone)
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On the Wirral in the grim early years of Margaret Thatcher's premiership, the opportunities for thrill seeking young men looking to escape 9 to 5 drudgery are what they've always been: sex, drugs, rock n' roll, fashion, football and fighting. Written by FilmFinders

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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

During one scene, Elvis talks about the idea of hanging himself whilst listening to "New Dawn Fades" by Joy Division. In 1980, Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division actually commited suicide the same way. See more »

Goofs

When Carty gets Elvis on the guest list, Elvis is wearing a 'The Crow' t-shirt depicting Brendon Lee as Eric Draven. That movie came out in 1994 whereas this movie is set in 1979. See more »

Quotes

Carty: Fuck's that?
Elvis: It's an everyday reminder of the absurdity of life - and the absolute certainty of death.
Carty: Fucking hell. What are these?
Elvis: Forest Hills.
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Crazy Credits

The credits thank "Nicola & Eddy at Camel Llairds". The correct spelling of this famous shipbuilder is "Cammell Laird" See more »

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The Light Pours Out Of Me
Written by Pete Shelley, John McGeoch and Howard Devoto
Performed by 'Magazine
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Punchy, Vibrant Adaptation Of The Novel
22 October 2009 | by thesandfly77See all my reviews

There seems to be some ill-will towards this tidy little parable and I cannot understand why.

Maybe the Joy Division fanboys feel the material is misplaced but I contend the great soundtrack is only used to set time and place and does not work in reverse like some latter day music vid.

Nor is it a 'hooligan' movie.

My own reaction was that this is a terrific effort, both from a committed cast and production side who nail the period in perfect British bleakness.

The football hooliganism feels like it is intended - a fantastical sideshow and not the main thrust of the film which centres around a lower middle-class lad's attempt for acceptance by a pack of working-class hooligans and the unrequited homosexual love between him and the pack's coolest member.

Carty, said middle-class lad, ultimately is a tourist, and the film conveys this superbly while whipping us along for the ride.

Pay little attention to those attempting to fold this boisterous creation into a pigeon hole; it stands on its own as a potent reflection of a sentimentally grim time in British culture.

Entertaining, admirable and bittersweet. Watch it.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Idegen pályán See more »

Filming Locations:

Wirral, Merseyside, England, UK See more »

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$131,265
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