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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.

Director:

Jon S. Baird

Writers:

Jon S. Baird, Irvine Welsh (based on the novel by)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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This Little Piggy went to town! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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UK | Germany | Sweden | Belgium | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brud See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Bruce stops watching a porn movie the TV is playing Frank Sidebottom's Fantastic Shed Show (1992), based on the eponymous character, who is the focus of the film Frank (2014). In it, Michael Fassbender plays Frank. James McAvoy and Fassbender are respectively Professor X and Magneto in X: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
Arranged by Colin Baldry and Tom Kane
Produced by John Cunningham from Here And Now Recordings
Written by James Pierpont (uncredited)
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Absolute brilliance, it was utter Filth & I loved it.
7 October 2013 | by james_williams360See all my reviews

I had such high hopes for this movie after seeing some of the most intriguing trailers I've ever seen. I was not disappointed what so ever.

I liked this title so much I would actually fit it into my top 10 of all time.

Without spoiling much for anyone, it really is filth. The movie definitely earns its 18 rating because at times, it is quite literally hardcore pornography.

Bruce is one of the most complex characters I've ever seen in a movie. It took a while to decipher exactly what was going wrong with him, but it because clear by the end.

I want to make it clear to people going into this movie what they should expect. Expect a lot of violence, a lot of swearing, pornography & masturbation, depression and mental illness. It's a movie for those who don't get offended very easily.

In summary, this movie will make you laugh, it'll make you cringe & it'll make you happy. The overall feeling at the end though, is that you're watching a man lose his mind, & you see his depression take over his body in many different ways.

I'm giving it 10/10 because I thought everything about it was so perfectly done. It achieved exactly what it set out to do, it achieved utter filth.


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