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Filth (2013)

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A corrupt, junkie cop with bipolar disorder attempts to manipulate his way through a promotion in order to win back his wife and daughter while also fighting his own inner demons.


Jon S. Baird


Jon S. Baird, Irvine Welsh (based on the novel by)
2,976 ( 351)
9 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
James McAvoy ... Bruce
Jamie Bell ... Lennox
Eddie Marsan ... Bladesey
Imogen Poots ... Drummond
Brian McCardie ... Gillman
Emun Elliott ... Inglis
Gary Lewis ... Gus
John Sessions ... Toal
Shauna Macdonald ... Carole
Jim Broadbent ... Dr. Rossi
Joanne Froggatt ... Mary
Kate Dickie ... Chrissie
Martin Compston ... Gorman
Iain De Caestecker ... Ocky
Shirley Henderson ... Bunty


Scheming Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox (Jamie Bell), Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control. His past is slowly catching up with him, and a missing wife, a crippling drug habit and suspicious colleagues start to take their toll on his sanity. The question is: can he keep his grip on reality long enough to disentangle himself from the filth? Written by Lionsgate UK

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


No one gets off. Until he does. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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UK | Germany | Sweden | Belgium | USA


English | German | Scots

Release Date:

24 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brud See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£247,860 (United Kingdom), 29 September 2013, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,526, 30 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,321, 20 July 2014
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jim Broadbent (Dr. Rossi) and Shirley Henderson (Bunty) also starred in the Harry Potter series. In both movies, they share no scenes with each other. See more »


In the bedroom at Ocky's flat, Bruce lifts the inhaler and the dark blue cap is on, but he immediately snaps it up and takes a puff without removing the cap. See more »


[first lines]
Carole: People ask me, "Carole, how do you and Bruce keep the spice in your marriage?" Well, I tell them it's really simple. I'm just the ultimate tease.
[walking down the hallway in lingerie]
Carole: Me and Bruce, we're not that different. We know what we want. We know how to get it. Like this promotion he's going for. We both know he'll win. And when he does, the Robertson household is gonna be one big, happy family again. I kid you not.
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Crazy Credits

Light-hearted animation featuring farm animals and cast credits. See more »


Features Frank Sidebottom's Fantastic Shed Show (1992) See more »


You Make Me Wanna Dance
Written and Performed by Richard Myhill
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User Reviews

I don't know how I feel about this movie ........
9 June 2018 | by NpMoviezSee all my reviews

No movie has been so unsettling for me. I don't know how I feel about this movie. I love it very very much. And at the same time, I equally hate it. The idea put behind this movie is good. You want to tell the story about a character, it's okay. Bruce Robertson is a very well written character and his story and whatever he does is compelling. We get a very good exposition of what he appears to be, what he actually is and what made him what he is and all of those back stories. You can see his love, you can definitely see his envy and anger, his desperation, etc. Whatever the character does is very well justified. And that's basically the main part of the storyline. Also, James McAvoy as Bruce Robertson - one of his greatest performances ever. He gives a life to the character ..... literally. This type of character isn't a new one, but I haven't seen such a character given so much of complexity and depth. As a dark psychological thriller-ish drama, the movie is good. But at the same time, it is filthy. As I said, the filthy parts justify the character and the story itself. But those parts, within themselves, feel very uncomfortable. Also, some of such scenes are quite unnecessarily elaborated. It focuses (sometimes) unnecessarily on nudity. Some of the short filthy clips could've been deleted. But again, if we choose to tell the story otherwise, will it work so well? I don't think so. There are a number of people who love this movie, for the similar reasons why I loved it. And a number of people hate it, due to it's filthiness. I don't really like the filthiness, but I love the overall story and appreciate that it has been told in the best way imaginable, in my opinion. So, I don't know how I feel about this. For the time being, I will give it a "B" and a "6.5/10". If I was supposed to say liked it, I would definitely give it an "A" and an "8.8/10" and if I was supposed to hate it, a "D" and a "3.9/10", probably. I watched it around three times or so. If I ever watch it again, I might be a little more sure.

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