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Neds (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama | 20 April 2011 (USA)
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Encompassed by violent street gangs, neglectful parents, bullying teachers and a dearth of positive role models, a studious but emotionally abandoned kid turns thug.

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Peter Mullan

Writer:

Peter Mullan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Conor McCarron Conor McCarron ... John McGill
Greg Forrest Greg Forrest ... Young John (as Gregg Forrest)
Joe Szula Joe Szula ... Benny McGill
Mhairi Anderson Mhairi Anderson ... Elizabeth
Gary Milligan Gary Milligan ... Canta
John Joe Hay John Joe Hay ... Fergie
Christopher Wallace Christopher Wallace ... Wee T
Richard Mack Richard Mack ... Gerr
Paul Smith Paul Smith ... Key Man
Khai Nugent Khai Nugent ... Tam
Ryan Walker Ryan Walker ... Sparra
Lee Fanning Lee Fanning ... Minty
Ross Greig Ross Greig ... Fifey
Greg McCreadie Greg McCreadie ... Tora
Scott Ingram Scott Ingram ... Casper
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Storyline

Despite having a drunken, abusive father and a brother who leads a local gang John McGill is a studious boy for whom a bright educational future seems to beckon. However his studiousness isolates him and when he is invited to join the gang it gives him a sense of belonging. However he becomes increasingly more violet, stabbing a boy in the neck, for which his brother is blamed and jailed, and dropping a breeze block on a rival gang leader, causing him permanent brain damage. John is temporarily thrown out of his home by his mother and suspended from school though when he is readmitted he is placed in the remedial class. John now has no interest in education but in being the top boy amongst the NEDS or non-educated delinquents. He is invincible, and even the lions at the local safari park let him pass without attacking him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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From award-winning director Peter Mullan See more »

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English | Scots | Latin

Release Date:

20 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chuligani See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£283,210 (United Kingdom), 23 January 2011, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film uses "Non-Educated DelinquentS" as a "backronym" for "neds" as it is commonly used in modern day Scotland since the 90s. The English equivalent is chav. Many people including police officials and politicians (including famously Rosie Kane MSP) have discussed the term ned using this definition. As the term ned has been used far longer and dates back to the 19th century according to the OED it is not proven that this is the true origin of the term. See more »

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Teachers were not allowed to smoke in classrooms in the mid-1970s. See more »

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Fergie: Benny McGill's wee brother's a smart wee cunt. How do you no' know I'm no' on my way to go stab fuck out of him right now? And how do you know I wouldnae take it out on you? See that there? That's a fucking blade. Know what that's used for? For gutting daft wee fucking boys like you, you wee cunt. Luckily for you, however, I'm a fuckin' good guy, and me and Benny are good pals.
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Teenage Rampage
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Performed by Sweet
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Brutally Classy
22 January 2011 | by zanderd69See all my reviews

Just watched this at the cinema and had to write my first review! Having lived in Glasgow for eight years and seen the number of Chelsea smiles on show, this film hits the nail on the head as to how brutal Glasgow is for deprived kids. The acting is first class. Connor McCarron puts in a mighty performance as a child with a promising future, only to see his dreams disappear as he gets increasingly involved in the Glasgow gangs. 1970's Glasgow is flawlessly recreated and the mood of the film grips you within the first minute. If you've seen it you'l know what i mean! The pace is perfect, Peter Mullan does an excellent job in showing the downfall of the characters and asking questions of society and how tough life can be for a young kid in what is a violent city. I honestly came out of the cinema traumatised and spellbound, which is no mean feat. I would recommend to all, but warn you it will affect you, the violence is intense and the language is pretty grim, but realistic, thats how it is! Possibly s good as Scotlands finest film: Trainspotting, which is something i never thought i'd say.


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