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Attack the Block (2011)

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A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.

Director:

Joe Cornish

Writer:

Joe Cornish
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 19 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jodie Whittaker ... Sam
John Boyega ... Moses
Alex Esmail ... Pest
Leeon Jones ... Jerome
Franz Drameh ... Dennis
Simon Howard Simon Howard ... Biggz
Maggie McCarthy Maggie McCarthy ... Margaret
Danielle Vitalis ... Tia
Paige Meade Paige Meade ... Dimples
Gina Antwi Gina Antwi ... Dionne
Natasha Jonas ... Gloria
Sammy Williams Sammy Williams ... Probs
Michael Ajao ... Mayhem
Luke Treadaway ... Brewis
Flaminia Cinque ... Italian Woman
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Director: Joe Cornish
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Storyline

Attack the Block follows an unlucky young woman and a gang of tough inner city kids who make an unlikely alliance to try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning a South London apartment complex into an intergalactic war-zone. Written by GK

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Inner City vs. Outer Space


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for creature violence, drug content and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Joe Cornish always had Boba Fett from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) in mind when they did Pest's (Alex Esmail) costume, with his little rocket packs. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, when Moses jumps through the doorway with the female alien carcass on his back, it hits the top of the door frame and is knocked off. In the next shot, it is back in place. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sam: [on phone] Hi mum!
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Lesser-Known Movie Monsters (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Youths So Cold
Written by Coxsone Dodd, Richell Bonner and Johnnie Osbourne (as John Osbourne)
Performed by Richie Spice
Courtesy of Massive B Records
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Making the leap from "hi concept" to "cult classic"

First, this is the sort of flick the UK writers do so well and frankly don't do enough of.

Reminds me of the old saying, when Life gives you Lemons, make Lemonade.

London has blessed the UK film industry with one of the most diverse and interesting ecosystems on the planet. What, I have lost count, 14 distinct accents and counting? In return the industry has taken this raw material and produced a wide range of thrillers, most of which rely heavily for their impact on the violence element or the gang element.

So, who woke up one morning and said, hey, let's make the gang the good guys for a change ... instead of causing trouble they get to defend the country against aliens. And brimming with gang values, they will go it alone, they will not even ask for help.

Great premise, brilliant and engaging execution. It could have just been "merely" entertaining, but great writing, cast, acting and direction help it make the leap to cult classic.

The low IMDb rating is not merely wrong, it is seriously wrong. This is a fun film that can be watched more than once.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$139,506, 31 July 2011

Gross USA:

$1,024,175

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,206,022
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Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS Digital Surround)| SDDS (uncredited)| Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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