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Starred Up (2013)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 26 August 2014 (USA)
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Eric Love is a 19 year old teenager who is so violent he has been 'Starred Up' (Moved to Adult prison) where he finds his father Neville who Eric hasn't seen since he was 5 (since he was ... See full summary »


David Mackenzie


Jonathan Asser
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack O'Connell ... Eric Love
Gilly Gilchrist ... Principal Officer Scott
Frederick Schmidt ... Officer Gentry
Edna Caskey Edna Caskey ... Officer Evans
Darren Hart Darren Hart ... MacDonald
Raphael Sowole ... Jago
Duncan Airlie James ... Officer White
Anthony Welsh ... Hassan
David Ajala ... Tyrone
Jerome Bailey Jerome Bailey ... Reames
Basil Abdul-Latif Basil Abdul-Latif ... Mubarak
Ben Mendelsohn ... Neville Love
Matt Faris Matt Faris ... Officer Hall
Aisha Bywaters Aisha Bywaters ... Nurse Bankford (as Aisha Walters)
Sam Spruell ... Deputy Governor Haynes


Eric Love is a 19 year old teenager who is so violent he has been 'Starred Up' (Moved to Adult prison) where he finds his father Neville who Eric hasn't seen since he was 5 (since he was put into care). Neville tries to get Eric to settle down, so Eric gets a chance to go through therapy with Oliver. Written by danielandrew123

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We're all different on the inside


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

26 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$816,355 (United Kingdom), 21 March 2014, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,561, 29 August 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,100, 5 September 2014
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2.35 : 1
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When Eric is hanged and then cut off in his cell, Neville tries to bring him back to consciousness while the cloth strap is still around his neck. However in the next shot, Eric coughs and no strap or even hanging mark can be seen around his neck. See more »


[first lines]
Principal Officer Scott: Uncuff him.
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This might be the best of all British prison pictures.
11 January 2015 | by Martin BradleySee all my reviews

Of all the films made about the British prison system David MacKenzie's "Starred Up" may be the best. It's deeply angry, very violent and totally without sentimentality even if its premiss, (a father and son are banged up together in the same prison), threatens to slide into melodrama. In these roles Ben Mendelsohn and relative newcomer Jack O'Connell are superb. O'Connell, in particular, is extraordinary. From the first moment he appears he's like some frightened but very dangerous animal ready to lash out at anything and everyone, which he frequently does. They are the lynch-pins of a terrific ensemble playing fellow prisoners and various prison staff, none of whom actually appear to be acting, (but for its slightly glossy sheen this could be a documentary).

Even at their worst, most prison films tend to paint their prisons as places of almost romantic camaraderie with prisoners united as one against the brutal screws. Not here; here it's every man for himself in a kill or be killed world where violence isn't so much a daily occurrence but something that seems to be happening on the hour every hour while the screws are seen as mostly venal men and women perpetuating an already corrupt system. The title, by the way, refers to a prisoner who is considered highly dangerous but what this amazing film shows is that, however fouled up that system is, redemption of a kind is still possible. It was filmed in its entirety at the Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast and at the Maze Prison, Long Kesh and it never moves outside.

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