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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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It's not murder. It's just a big, bloody misunderstanding. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Canada | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Barney Thomson See more »

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Near the beginning of the film, Barney asks the three men in the barbers why "none of you want your hair to get cut...by me?" When he says "By me?" he flourishes his hands similar to his (Robert Carlyle) character of Rumpelstiltskin from Once Upon A Time. 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: 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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Oh Dear!
19 February 2016 | by keithdonaldSee all my reviews

Firstly, I have immense high regard for the four principal actors in this film; namely, Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone, Tom Courtennay and Emma Thompson. Their resumes' over the years have been the envy of any aspiring actor/actress. That said, why on earth did they subscribe to this dire movie?

Granted Tom Courtenay played the irascible Chief Superintendent well but I'm getting a little tired that the boss is always depicted this way. The world over film makers do the same thing, wouldn't it be refreshing if the boss was portrayed as a kind, supportive human being for once? Emma Thompson did well taking off the Glaswegian accent, Ray Winstone did well playing Ray Winstone and Robert Carlyle was just OK playing the guy where life just isn't being nice to him.

For me the film lacked direction and fell between two stools, it wasn't particularly funny so at best was a very poor comedy and it certainly wasn't dark humour, so it basically fell short on all counts.

Do not be seduced by the cast like I had been. Avoid.


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