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Barney Thomson (2015)

The Legend of Barney Thomson (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy , Crime | 24 July 2015 (UK)
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Barney Thomson, awkward, diffident, Glasgow 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:

Richard Cowan, Douglas Lindsay (based on the book: Thee Long Midnight of Barney Thompson) | 2 more credits »
4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Emma Thompson ... Cemolina
Robert Carlyle ... Barney Thomson
Ray Winstone ... Detective Inspector Holdall
Tom Courtenay ... Chief Superintendent McManaman
James Cosmo ... James Henderson
Ashley Jensen ... Detective Inspector June Robertson
Martin Compston ... Chris Porter
Kevin Guthrie ... MacPherson
Brian Pettifer ... Charlie Taylor
Stephen McCole ... Wullie Henderson
Barbara Rafferty Barbara Rafferty ... Jean Monkrieff
Samuel Robertson ... Detective Sergeant Sam Jobson (as Sam Robertson)
Eileen McCallum Eileen McCallum ... Mrs. Gaffney
Matt Costello Matt Costello ... Chris' Creepy Neighbour
David Speed ... Detective
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Barney Thomson, awkward, diffident, Glasgow 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.

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

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Comedy | Crime

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Canada | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Martin Compson, James Cosmo & Robert Carlyle have starred in Irvine Welsh film adaptations. Compson starred in Filth (2013) whilst Carlyle & Cosmo starred in Trainspotting (1996) & T2 Trainspotting (2017) See more »

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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 »

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Barney: I'm 50 yrs old, got nothing to show for it. Live in this shitey flat/ not had a ride since Shakin Stephens had a number one, a mother who sticks her claws in like an old buzzard. A man by rights should live to reach his full potential and have a kick at the ball.
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Top marks for a beautifully surreal work of black comedy
18 March 2018 | by nicksuessSee all my reviews

Some of the negative reviewers on here need to return to playing with their i-phones, because only that will take them back to a plastic world that simply doesn't get surreal black comedy. Surreal - ever heard of the word? And all you lot can say is that the plot is "unlikely"! Yes, surreal. That is what Barney Thomson is. And black comedy. You can feel it coming right from the start, the opening an essay in drabness and dreariness which would sit well in a Python sketch, and just as in one of those, you know something is about to leap out and grab you, but you have no idea what. Something totally unexpected. And just as nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition, neither does anyone expect what Barney is about to do, and then nobody could possibly expect what his mother is about to do, and has indeed been doing for some time. It is an absolute riot, and my wife and I were falling off our seats with laughter. Brilliant! 10/10


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