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London Town (2016)

R | | Drama, Music | 7 October 2016 (USA)
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In '70s London, a 14 year-old boy is introduced to the Clash by his estranged mother. It changes his life forever.

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Derrick Borte

Writers:

Matt Brown (screenplay by), Sonya Gildea (based on the screenplay "Untitled Joe Strummer Project" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Joe Strummer
Daniel Huttlestone ... Shay Baker
Dougray Scott ... Nick Baker
Natascha McElhone ... Sandrine
Tom Hughes ... Johnny
Nell Williams ... Vivian Daniels
Anya McKenna-Bruce ... Alice Baker
Kerry Howard ... Penelope
Yasmine Akram ... Nurse
Jack Morris ... White Boy
Samuel Robertson ... Tommy Gun
Jeff Leach ... Ronnie
Ifan Huw Dafydd Ifan Huw Dafydd ... Al
Samuel Fava Samuel Fava ... Jack
Alex Marx ... Doctor
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In '70s London, a 14 year-old boy is introduced to the Clash by his estranged mother. It changes his life forever.

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Drama | Music

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Rated R for some sexual material and language | See all certifications »
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UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Лондон-Таун See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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$35,000, 1 January 2017
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Filming outside in Stroudley Walk, Bow, London on 5 July 2015. See more »

Goofs

Joe Strummer is shown wearing a leather jacket with a star stenciled on the rear, when in actuality his motorcycle jacket was undecorated.

The band did occasionally use a variation of that logo on promotional material, but only after the release of their 1980 'Combat Rock' album. It didn't come into common use until the band's demise, appearing on t-shirts and badges etc. See more »

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Alice: Shay, what does shagging mean?
Shay Baker: Cooking. That's all.
Alice: Oh! Mum's a much better shagger than you.
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Cool first hand story about a kid who gets introduced to The Clash (in more ways than one)
11 October 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

I really liked Jonathan Rhys Meyers in it as Joe Strummer. It was fun to see him play a real lively character as the front man of The Clash.

The movie itself is more about how a boy named Shay is influenced by the music of the Clash while going through some hard times. His really hot mom (played by Natascha McElhone) left the family to live the life she wanted, while his father (Played by Dougray Scott), plays the classic stereotype of an adult who forgot what it was like to be young and is shifting too much responsibility on his son.

London Town is greatly similar to another Coming-of-Age film, Sing Street (which is a little better), as Shay allows a crush on a punk rock girl to greatly influence his walk down the path of punk, which leads him to meeting Joe Strummer.

The film's formula is very direct, and it's focus on punk rock makes it a perfect persona of the early days of the genre. It's a love letter to The Clash any fan would enjoy.


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