6.3/10
4,728
21 user 60 critic

Barney Thomson (2015)

The Legend of Barney Thomson (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Crime | 24 July 2015 (UK)
Trailer
1:51 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL
Barney Thomson (Robert Carlyle), awkward, diffident, Glasgow, Scotland barber, lives a life of desperate mediocrity and his uninteresting life is about to go from 0 to 60 in five seconds, as he enters the grotesque and comically absurd world of the serial killer.

Director:

Robert Carlyle

Writers:

Douglas Lindsay (based on the book "The Long Midnight of Barney Thompson"), Richard Cowan (adapted for the screen by) | 2 more credits »
4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A former Britpop rocker who now works on a farm gets caught driving drunk and faces deportation after living in Los Angeles for many years. His efforts to stay in the U.S. force him to confront the past and current demons in his life.

Director: Marshall Lewy
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Alexia Rasmussen, Kathleen Wilhoite
The Wee Man (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The true-life story of Paul Ferris.

Director: Ray Burdis
Stars: Christina Andrew, Bhrina Bache, Patrick Bergin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young boy suspects his dad might be working undercover for MI6.

Director: Justin Kerrigan
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Arron Fuller, David Bradley
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity.

Director: Peter Cattaneo
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy
Zazy (2016)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Zazy and her boyfriend Tomek stumble upon the truth behind a terrible accident, which they use to force the wealthy Marianna into giving them the life they have always desired.

Director: Matthias X. Oberg
Stars: Paul Boche, Philippe Brenninkmeyer, Olivia Burkhart
Go Now (1995)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Nick, is a young Scottish soccer player living in the big city. He meets Karen, and the two fall in love and move in together. Soon after, Nick exhibits signs of serious illness. As his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Juliet Aubrey, James Nesbitt
Summer (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

While caring for a dying friend, a man reflects back on their youth together.

Director: Kenneth Glenaan
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Steve Evets, Rachael Blake
The Liability (2012)
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When 19-year-old Adam agrees to do a day's driving for his mum's gangster boyfriend Peter, it takes him on a 24-hour journey into a nightmarish world of murder, sex trafficking and revenge, in the company of aging hit man Roy.

Director: Craig Viveiros
Stars: Tim Roth, Jack O'Connell, Peter Mullan
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

A London gangster must confront his ruthless father's past in order to alter the gritty, abusive path that his life is spiraling down after a shakedown goes awry.

Director: Antonio Simoncini
Stars: Glen Murphy, Ray Winstone, Serena Iansiti
Upstream (2016)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two half-brothers get to know each other while sailing up a river in an inhospitable region in search of the place where their father was found dead.

Director: Marion Hänsel
Stars: Olivier Gourmet, Sergi López, John Lynch
Cobra (2019)
Action
Stars: William Bale, Lee Byford, Robert Carlyle
Zig Zag Love (TV Movie 2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Joe McFadden, Mark Lewis Jones
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Carlyle ... Barney Thomson
Emma Thompson ... Cemolina
Ray Winstone ... Detective Inspector Holdall
Tom Courtenay ... Chief Superintendent McManaman
Ashley Jensen ... Detective Inspector June Robertson
Brian Pettifer ... Charlie Taylor
Kevin Guthrie ... Detective Inspector Callum MacPherson
James Cosmo ... James Henderson
Stephen McCole ... Wullie Henderson
Martin Compston ... Chris Porter
Samuel Robertson ... Detective Sergeant Sam Jobson
Anne Downie Anne Downie ... Lizzie
Ann Scott-Jones Ann Scott-Jones ... Theresa
Eileen McCallum Eileen McCallum ... Mrs. Gaffney
Matt Costello Matt Costello ... Chris' Creepy Neighbour
Edit

Storyline

Barney Thomson (Robert Carlyle) is a sad sack of a man. He identifies himself mostly as a barber, Hendersons' Barbers in a working class neighborhood of Glasgow, Scotland, where he's worked for twenty years. More introspective than extroverted, which does not work well for the business, he has fewer and fewer customers, and as such his current boss, Wullie Henderson (Stephen McCole), son of the retired owner James Henderson (James Cosmo), who originally hired him, is moving him further and further away from the spotlight of the shop. Meanwhile, five men so far have been killed by who the general public is nicknaming the "Body Parts Killer", as the murderer sends through the post body parts of the victims to the victims' loved ones. Lead investigator, Detective Inspector Holdall (Ray Winstone), assisted by Detective Inspector Callum MacPherson (Kevin Guthrie), is no closer now to discovering the Body Parts Killer's identity than when the murders started two months ago. Wanting results,... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He's just not cut out for murder. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Canada | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Barney Thomson See more »

Edit

Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,336,254
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Martin Compston and Stephen McCole appeared in The Wee Man (2013). See more »

Goofs

When Barney is in the kitchen he leaves an arm on the side. When he sits at the table the arm is no longer there but when he gets up its there again. See more »

Quotes

Barney: His Freezer was too wee!
See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Bayou
Performed by Roy Orbison
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Different
13 March 2016 | by billcr12See all my reviews

Robert Carlyle is Barney Thomson, a 50 something loner and mama's boy who works as a barber in Glasgow. His mother is played by Emma Thompson, who is magnificent as a hard drinking, chain smoking compulsive gambler. Barney drafts his mom to help him after he accidentally kills his boss and requires her assistance in hiding the body. What follows is an hilarious series of bizarre events, including the pursuit by a foul mouthed detective, Hold all(Ray Winestone). My only criticism is that as an American, I had trouble at times with the heavy Scottish accents. I would recommend subtitles for any viewers not from Scotland. The look of the film is a cross breeding of Quentin Tarrantino and the Coen brothers, most especially Fargo. A solid 7.5/10.


3 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed