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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 (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.

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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 »

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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
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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

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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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Trivia

Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone appeared in Face (1997). 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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Blue Bayou
Performed by Roy Orbison
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Beautifully shot funny film set in Glasgow
18 August 2015 | by moirabroonSee all my reviews

I watched this in a cinema and there was a lot of laughter coming from the audience. One man even laughed at the first line. The laughing continued throughout.

I would have given the film 10 stars but the story is a bit ridiculous. But, since it is comedy, and IS funny this didn't seem to matter too much. The ending was amusing too.

The film is beautifully shot and the acting is 1st class. My favourite line delivered brilliantly by Emma is "I label everything." And I agree with another reviewer that in the future, this may be considered a cult classic.


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24 July 2015 (UK) See more »

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$1,336,254
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