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The Hot Potato (2012)

London's East End 1969. Based on real events. Two chancers 'find' a lump of Uranium and crisscross Europe to find a buyer. Accompanied by Danny's girl,the lovely Carole. They encounter a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ray Winstone ... Kenny
Colm Meaney ... Harry
Jack Huston ... Danny
David Harewood ... Harrison
John Lynch ... Bill
Phil Davis ... Sgt Ryan (as Philip Davis)
Derren Nesbitt ... Fritz Meyer
Lois Winstone Lois Winstone ... Carole
Maike Billitis Maike Billitis ... Claudia
Jean-Louis Sbille Jean-Louis Sbille ... Ernst Koppel
Louise Redknapp ... Irene Smith
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rene Arnaut-Vanderhaeghen Rene Arnaut-Vanderhaeghen ... Ari
Eddie Brindle Eddie Brindle ... Danny's Workmate
Gary Fairhall Gary Fairhall ... Albert
Daniel Jones Daniel Jones ... Jason
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London's East End 1969. Based on real events. Two chancers 'find' a lump of Uranium and crisscross Europe to find a buyer. Accompanied by Danny's girl,the lovely Carole. They encounter a diverse cast of bizarre characters, all trying to steal the 'Hot Potato', but a deal agreed inside the Vatican has the co-conspirators confounding each other. The story twists and turns to an exciting and unexpected finale. Written by Peter Joly

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bombaüzlet See more »

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Budget:

GBP6,000,000 (estimated)
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Three members of the Winstone family appear in this film - father Ray and daughters Lois and Ellie Rae. See more »

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Kenny: [during a car chase that becomes a shootout] Who do you think I am? Bleeding James Bond?
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After the end credits the camera moves along a block of numbered lockers, then stops at one that has an ominous red glow coming through the crack under the door. See more »

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Feeble...
27 February 2013 | by tim-764-291856See all my reviews

The premise for this so-called 60's style Brit caper sounded intriguing...except that only Ray Winstone has any sort of character or charisma.

Where the likes of Terry Thomas and Peter Sellers had oodles of fizz and bang and entertained us, when the script was a dud, this is just a dud all round. The other characters - and their actors I've already forgotten, ten minutes after it's finished. They might as well been office furniture for all their presence and acting.

The script is obvious and rather boring as we now know all about Plutonium - it has no excitement value whatsoever. The movie seemed to have the budget of a TV pilot 'special' - it's so obviously struggling that it's rather embarrassing. The direction, too, is particularly feeble, without any panache or style whatsoever.

I've been generous with my 3/10. It's not going to be too awful for those that might buy the DVD if they have a good idea of what sort of movie they're getting but for most Hot Potato is a waste of time and effort. And, yes, I do enjoy and own many of the old genuine 60's films on DVD - Too Many Crooks, for example - brilliant! Buy that instead!


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