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The Kid (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 September 2010 (UK)
About Kevin Lewis who grew up in poverty but survived to make a better life for himself and his family.

Director:

Nick Moran

Writers:

Kevin Lewis (screenplay), Nick Moran (additional writing) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Natascha McElhone ... Gloria
Ioan Gruffudd ... Colin Smith
Jodie Whittaker ... Jackie
Alfie Allen ... Dominic
Rupert Friend ... Kevin Lewis
Tom Burke ... Mr. Hayes
David O'Hara ... Terry
James Fox ... Alan
Bernard Hill ... Uncle David
Ralph Brown ... Gordon Peters
Kate Ashfield ... Madeline
Denise Gough ... Patsy
Augustus Prew ... Teen Kevin
Niamh Cusack ... 1980 School Nurse
Con O'Neill ... Dennis
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Storyline

Kevin Lewis never had a chance. Growing up on a poverty-stricken London council estate, beaten and starved by his parents, bullied at school and abandoned by social services, his life was never his own. Even after he was put into care, he found himself out on the streets caught up in a criminal underworld that knew him as 'The Kid'. Yet Kevin survived to make a better life for himself. This international bestseller published in 2003 is his heartbreaking and inspiring story. Written by Mark Thomas

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Дитя See more »

Filming Locations:

Croydon, London, England, UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£22,974 (United Kingdom), 20 September 2010, Limited Release
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Production Co:

Tin House Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The level of abuse depicted in the film is considerably toned down from what was in the book. See more »

Goofs

A 1990s Volkswagen Transporter can be seen as Kevin pulls away from the care home, even though it's set in 1985. Various anachronistic cars can be seen throughout the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #14.29 (2010) See more »

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Boy
Written by 'KT Tunstall' and 'Dan Wilson'
Performed by 'KT Tunstall'
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Surprisingly bad
18 September 2010 | by margussa999See all my reviews

In contrast to the other reviews I must say that this film was surprisingly bad. I am not sure where it went so wrong really, but it is probably the casting. I just could not see one person that was actually believable in his/her role. The mother of the boy was just so badly acted I felt actually embarrassed in the cinema. Also I think they could have done much better with the casting of the lead. I am not from UK, but the poor people from the council estates where the characters came from do NOT sound like some posh Chelsea public school prick. He was much better in the Pride and Prejudice. Only character that was even slightly OK was the guy that played the Kid in his early teens. I actually could see that kid being abused at home. All in all the film fell flat on many occasions, too many stereotypes, too many things we have seen already.After an hour I felt so board I started playing with my phone.I know I may sound like a overly negative person, but I go to movies 2 times a week and don't remember the last time I walked out on the movie before the end. Unfortunately The Kid was the case... 3 points for the effort though as obviously someone worked on this film, but I would never recommend this to anyone....


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