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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.

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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No one gets off. Until he does. 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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Country:

UK | Germany | Sweden | Belgium | USA

Language:

English | German | Scots

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). See more »

Goofs

While on holiday in Hamburg, Bladesey reads from his guidebook and tells Bruce that modern Germany has existed since 1865. German unification happened in 1871. 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 A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

It's My Life
Performed by Dr. Alban (as Dr Alban)
Written by Denniz Pop (as Volle) / Dr. Alban (as Nwapa)
Published by Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Germany GMBH
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Crazy
16 October 2013 | by samlynn12See all my reviews

There is no other way that I could describe this film. It is filled with some of the most crazy and strange scenes that I have seen in film. There was weird sex, masturbating, murder, drugs. Pretty much everything offensive that you could think of is in this film.

It made me laugh, cringe and frown at some of the ridiculous stuff that happened in it.

Deep in the storyline though, was an utterly captivating, yet tragic story of a man loosing his mind to drugs, mental illness and grief. In many ways it was this that made the film all the more shocking, but brilliant at the same time.

I came out of the theatre speechless, I had no idea what to make of it or think. Now I have thought about it, I can see how good it really was.

James McAvoy gave a perfect performance in the lead role. Everything about the character that he portrayed was realistic, and I could feel the emotion coming out of him throughout his descent into madness.

This film is not for the faint of heart or easily disturbed, but if you can deal with the weird and wacky, then you are going to love it.


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