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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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Trivia

The alley scene after the Christmas party had no directions in the screenplay; it was simply called "Shit Reservoir Dogs". 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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Light-hearted animation featuring farm animals and cast credits. See more »

Connections

References Cagney & Lacey (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Les Noces De Figaro, K. 492: Ouverture
(Uncredited)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Herbert von Karajan and Wiener Philharmoniker (as Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra)
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A debaucherous mind trip.
9 October 2013 | by cinematic_aficionadoSee all my reviews

Inside the mind of a sex & drug addict policeman. His addictions are so deeply rooted in his personhood that they have entirely taken over his life and are the driving force in everything he does or does not do. Addiction means there's never enough and in his case drugs or sex.

This could have easily been a docudrama, instead it is a crime/comedy with a bit of drama. McAvoy is simply superb as the central mad hero and we undergo with a him a binging trip in corruption and debauchery where everyone in his life become objects he comes to use for his own gratification.

Despite the comic element being the one that has the most gravity, we get to see the torment that haunts addicted people and he too is a tormented man and his actions are a smokescreen of his anguish with his refusal to get hep only adding to his misery.

Quirky, fast paced and fun this is one heck of a mind trip.


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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:

Filth See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,526, 1 June 2014

Gross USA:

$34,411

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,417,248
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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