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London Boulevard (2010)

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An ex-con with a reputation tries to go straight by working as a handy man for a reclusive actress but this is unfortunately not the wish of London's underground crime lord.

Director:

William Monahan

Writers:

William Monahan (screenplay), Ken Bruen (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Farrell ... Mitchel
Keira Knightley ... Charlotte
David Thewlis ... Jordan
Anna Friel ... Briony
Ben Chaplin ... Billy Norton
Ray Winstone ... Gant
Eddie Marsan ... DI Bailey
Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Dr. Raju
Stephen Graham ... Danny
Ophelia Lovibond ... Penny
Jamie Campbell Bower ... Whiteboy
Velibor Topic ... Storbor
Lee Boardman ... Lee
Alan Williams ... Joe
Jonathan Cullen Jonathan Cullen ... Anthony Trent
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Storyline

Fresh out of prison, Mitchel wants nothing to do with crime but accepts a kip from Billy, a marginal grafter, and accompanies Billy on rent collection trips. He's also old school, wanting revenge on two youths for assaulting a mendicant he's befriended. He's got a strung-out sister to protect, and he's offered a job protecting a famous actress from paparazzi. The plot lines join when Michael finds himself attracted to the actress and Billy's Mob boss, Gant, finds ways to force Michael work for him. He also warns Michael off revenge against the assailants of his friend. What are Michael's options: is there any way to avoid Gant, protect his sister, and find a path to love? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Not every criminal wants to be one.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, some nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Boulevard de Londres See more »

Filming Locations:

Dulwich, London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£577,224 (United Kingdom), 28 November 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,431, 13 November 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,911, 20 November 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,872,403, 19 June 2011
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gant's sidekicks are called Beaumont and Fletcher. Beaumont and Fletcher were also prolific London-based writers of macabre Revenge Tragedies, as well as comedies, in the early 17th century. See more »

Goofs

When the camera angle switches between the two main characters while they are in a moving van, the difference in speed of passing scenery is very noticeable. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jailer: [to Mitchel] You. You're out.
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Connections

Referenced in RTL Film: Episode #9.12 (2011) See more »

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Sun O Dilruba Dil Ki Yeh Sada
Written by Anu Malik (as Annu Malik) and Anjaan
Performed by Anu Malik (as Annu Malik) and Asha Bhosle
Courtesy of Saregama India
By arrangement with The Royalty Newtork, Inc.
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London Masquerade
29 November 2010 | by martin-seckerSee all my reviews

The movie had promise - directed by The Departed's writer William Monahan and starring an eclectic bunch of British stars Colin Farrell, Keira Knightly, Ray Winstone, David Thewlis and Anna Friel. Even Eddie Marsan, Stephen Graham and Ben Chaplin make appearances.

Unfortunately despite a snazzy score and a stylish flourish, this movie is nothing more than a collection of London gangster movie clichés and stereotypes with an obvious script written by an unauthentic source. The characters can all be labelled with a single word (villain, victim, druggie etc), bereft of any depth or colour.

Farrell plays Mitchell, fresh from prison and determined to go straight, within half-an-hour, he has been offered a choice of two jobs. One working as a debt collector for tough and possibly homosexual (who cares?) gangland boss (Winstone, who else) and the other protecting a damaged & shy actress (Knightly). Needless to say, Winstone doesn't take kindly to being refused and sets his sights on hurting Mitchell as revenge (hasn't he got better things to do?) The movie doesn't ring true at every juncture and the only pleasure the viewer grab, is when watching Thewlis's thinly veiled Withnail impression or with the music on show.

Do yourself a favour and watch Layer Cake instead.


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