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Down Terrace (2009)

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A crime family looks to unmask the police informant in their midst who threatens to take down their business.

Director:

Ben Wheatley
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Hill ... Karl
Robert Hill ... Bill
Julia Deakin Julia Deakin ... Maggie
David Schaal ... Eric
Kerry Peacock Kerry Peacock ... Valda
Tony Way ... Garvey
Mark Kempner Mark Kempner ... Berman
Michael Smiley ... Pringle
Gareth Tunley ... Jon
Kali Peacock Kali Peacock ... Helen Garvey
Kitty Blue Kitty Blue ... Child
Luke Hartney Luke Hartney ... Spitz
Simon Smith Simon Smith ... Musician
Paul George Paul George ... Musician
Simon Walker Simon Walker ... Musician
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After serving jail time for a mysterious crime, Bill and Karl get out of jail and become preoccupied with figuring out who turned them in to the police. On top of that, the "family business" is on the rocks, and the motley crew of criminals who operate out of Down Terrace aren't feeling terribly trusting of one another. It might look like an ordinary house, but at Down Terrace, the walls are closing in... Written by Newport Beach Film Festival

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You're only as good as the people you know. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, pervasive language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The two stars are really father and son See more »

Quotes

Karl: [to his pregnant girlfriend] Hey you've put on a bit of weight!
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References Rob Loves Kerry (2006) See more »

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The Ship's Carpenter
Performed by Lisa Abbott
Arranged by Jim Williams
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Black Comedy of (Dis) Loyalty in a Gangster Family
28 January 2015 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Set in a mundane suburban area of Kent, DOWN TERRACE is the blackest of black comedies involving a family headed by Bill (Robin Hill) who in collaboration with his son Karl (Robin Hill) tries to discover the identity of an informant who shopped them to the police and thereby confined them to prison. There are several suspects among their intimate group, notably Eric (David Schaal), Garvey (Tony Way), and Councillor Berman (Mark Garvey). Meanwhile Eric and his wife Maggie (Julia Deakin) object to Karl's continuing relationship with Valda (Kerry Peacock).

Ably performed in semi-improvised style by a first-rate cast, Ben Wheatley's film emphasizes the culture of mistrust that permeates this so-called close network of criminals. Although professing loyalty to one another through frequent hugs and epithets ("You know I love you"), it's clear that no one really can rely on anyone else to be truthful either in their behavior or their responses to one another. This is a dog-eat-dog community in which only the fittest can survive. There are some gory moments in the film, but they are handled with such panache that we understand Wheatley"s purpose in including them - in a world where 'good' and 'evil' no longer exist, every behavioral move can be seen as absurd, even comic.

Tautly filmed with an astute use of close-up, pans and two-shots in tight spaces, DOWN TERRACE is a low (or perhaps) no-budget piece of work that nonetheless confirms the director's mastery of cinematic form. Highly recommended.


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Language:

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Release Date:

15 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,088, 17 October 2010

Gross USA:

$9,812

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,812
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