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Wild Bill (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 23 March 2012 (UK)
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A street-toughened parolee finds his two boys abandoned by their mum and fending for themselves. Time to step up, or not.

Director:

Dexter Fletcher
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Creed-Miles ... Wild Bill
Will Poulter ... Dean
Sammy Williams Sammy Williams ... Jimmy
Iwan Rheon ... Pill
Charlotte Spencer ... Steph
Rain Ryan Rain Ryan ... Baby George
Marc Warren ... Adam
Peter McCabe ... Roland
Morgan Watkins ... Viktoras
Radoslaw Kaim ... Jonas (as Rad Kaim)
Aaron Ishmael Aaron Ishmael ... Boz
Liz White ... Roxy
Hardeep Singh Kohli ... Raj
Neil Maskell ... Dickie
Leo Gregory ... Terry
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Out on parole after 8 years inside, Bill Hayward returns home to find his now 11- and 15-year-old sons abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves. Unwilling to play Dad, an uncaring Bill is determined to move on. Although Dean the older boy has found a job and is doing his best to be a father to his younger brother Jimmy, the arrival of Bill brings them to the attention of social services. With the danger of being put into care looming, Dean forces his feckless dad to stay by threatening to grass him up for dealing. If there's one thing Bill doesn't want it's to go back to prison. He reluctantly agrees to stay for a week to help fool social services that the boys are being cared for. Having never really grown up himself, Bill quickly connects with Jimmy and, through this new bond, starts to realize what he's been missing. He has a family, a place in the world. He is a father. However, their happy family set-up is short lived when Jimmy gets into trouble with Bill's dangerous... Written by Anonymous

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He's the meanest wanker in town See more »

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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UK

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English

Release Date:

23 March 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Дикий Билл See more »

Filming Locations:

Isle of Wight, England, UK See more »

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20ten Media,STS Media See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Directorial debut of Dexter Fletcher. See more »

Quotes

Wild Bill: [discovering his youngest son's been helping sell crack] First year's the hardest.
Jimmy: What?
Wild Bill: Yeah that's what they say. "First year's the hardest." It weren't for me. Second year, that was the real killer. First year you can still remember the world - your home, your pals, Sunday roast, what it's like to take a dump without someone watching you. Second year, that's when the hope starts to leave ya. No one left to trust. No one you really like 'cause you're in prison. Everyone's a criminal. They all ...
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References Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) See more »

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Performed by This Is Freedom
Written by Jon Scott, Ben Collard, Henry Swash, Dan Graham
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Master Recording courtesy of This Is Freedom
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Excellent!...
27 January 2013 | by Andy SteelSee all my reviews

Really well made with the first-time director making full use of his actors and their surroundings to make a film that is great to look at as well as being a well put together drama. All the main characters were excellently played by Charlie Creed-Mills, Will Poulter (who I last saw in the (also excellent) 'Son of Rambow'), the young Sammy Williams and Leo Gregory. I should also mention Liz White as Roxy and Charlotte Spencer as Steph; both did a great job also. A film with great emotional depth that doesn't over-play the drama too much and I have to admit I really enjoyed it!

SteelMonster's verdict: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

My score: 9.0/10.

You can find an expanded version of this review on my blog: Thoughts of a SteelMonster.


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