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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.

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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

Colin Farrell had already worked with co-stars Ben Chaplin and David Thewlis on Terrence Malick's The New World (2005). See more »

Goofs

When the former caretaker Lee arrives, the Tree air freshener in his van is yellow. When he hurries to leave, the air freshener in his van is now green. 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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The Green Hills of Tyrol
Traditional
Performed by Dominic Murphy
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A cool, calm and collected classic
27 November 2010 | by isisofeygyptSee all my reviews

If I only had three words to use to describe this film they would be Classic, Cool and Clever. Ray Winstone's (Gant) presence is eagerly anticipated and arrives at last almost a quarter of the way into the film. An impressive stately Rolls Royce signals this is the arrival of an important person even before he steps out onto the pavement. The clichéd story line of the ex-con walking from prison set on a life of 'going straight' and that 'one last job' springs to mind seem not to be irritating. Colin Farrel (Mitchell) could be auditioning for James Bond. He is cool, calm and collected. Nobody and nothing spook him. Everybody smokes, a lot, and swears, a lot. However, this is a crime thriller/gangster movie after all and is to be expected. It's just that those two words 'f**ck off' and 'you c**t' are said with such conviction but in a cool and effortless manner by both Gant and Mitchell. The film has a calm linear flow for a crime thriller but several twists and turns toward the conclusion remind you that within this genre,clever can often be more stimulating than too much blood and violence. Although there are a few quite gruesome scenes. However, the nasty bits are not dragged out and enough is seen for you to get the picture of what's going on!Winstone, Farrel, Thewlis, Friel give good performances and present interesting roles. Knightly however gives a rather wooden performance in a boring role. Humour is weaved within this relatively serious film and classic 60's music from bands such as the Yardbirds add to the recipe which make this rather tasty. A few unexpected twists of fate toward the end seal this stylish film.


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