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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 20 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 Danielle Vitalis ... Tia
Paige Meade Paige Meade ... Dimples
Gina Antwi Gina Antwi ... Dionne
Natasha Jonas Natasha Jonas ... Gloria
Sammy Williams Sammy Williams ... Probs
Michael Ajao Michael Ajao ... Mayhem
Luke Treadaway ... Brewis
Flaminia Cinque ... Italian Woman
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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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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Napad na kvart See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,133,859 (United Kingdom), 15 May 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$137,580, 31 July 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,024,175, 25 September 2011
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Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS Digital Surround)| SDDS (uncredited)| Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On filming a scene with five boys and five girls-all with dialogue- Joe Cornish watched a lot of Larry Clark films to figure out how Clark filmed scenes of teenagers chatting in such a naturalistic style. See more »

Goofs

Pest appears to have a magical backpack. As the gang pulls out and uses all of his fireworks, more magically appear a minute afterwards. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.15 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Youths So Cold
Written by Coxsone Dodd, Richell Bonner and Ozzy Osbourne (as John Osbourne)
Performed by Richie Spice
Courtesy of Massive B Records
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Interesting but let down by the script
23 June 2014 | by flingebuntSee all my reviews

Aliens come to earth, attacking and killing people in a housing project "The Block". All that is stopping them is a group of young thugs.

This low budget British film is interesting and much has been said about the social commentary contained in the film, but the problem is that while at a high level it is brilliant, from a core film making point of view it fails.

Yes to defeat the aliens the protagonist must uncover something about themselves with the aliens being a metaphor for the causes of social evils and so on. However most of what happens in the movie is just action.


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