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The Riot Club (2014)

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Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.


Lone Scherfig


Laura Wade (play), Laura Wade
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Arnold Thomas Arnold ... Escott
Harry Lloyd ... Lord Riot
Amber Anderson ... Lady Anne
Max Irons ... Miles
Sam Claflin ... Alistair Ryle
Andrew Woodall ... Alistair's Father
Anastasia Hille ... Alistair's Mother
Vincent Franklin ... Porter
Holliday Grainger ... Lauren
Sam Reid ... Hugo
Patrick Barlow Patrick Barlow ... Don
Jack Farthing ... George
Mary Roscoe ... George's Mummy
Joey Batey ... Eager Chap
Douglas Booth ... Harry Villiers


SPOILER: Alistair and Miles, both with aristocratic connections, start their first year at Oxford University though they are very different, Miles is down to earth and happy to have a girlfriend, Lauren, from a lower background whilst Alistair is a snob with aspirations to follow his uncle, a Tory MP. The common bond is that both become members of the Riot Club, a long established elite drinking club priding itself on hedonism and the belief that money can buy anything. Having been barred from most establishments in Oxford they have their annual dinner at the function room in a country pub, where their rowdy behavior angers other patrons though they reimburse Chris, the landlord. They hire a prostitute but she refuses to perform group sex, then one of them rings Lauren, whom they importune to Max's horror. Getting progressively more drunk and ingesting drugs they start to trash the room and, when Chris comes to complain, Alistair savagely assaults him, landing him in hospital. Though ... Written by don @ minifie-1, geo

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At the world's oldest university, there's a club where rich kids first taste power. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, disturbing and violent behavior, sexual content, nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$808,939 (United Kingdom), 21 September 2014, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


In Italy, the first part of the film was censored, erasing almost completely the interpretation of Harry Lloyd. See more »


When Charlie comes to the pub she is handed a glass of champagne. With different camera angles the champagne flute turns to a shot glass then back to a champagne flute. See more »


Jeremy: Maybe you've got it in you to do something special one day. And I'd rather you'd be doing it in my camp than somebody else's.
[hands Alistair his card]
Jeremy: I'm not just offering you a better lawyer, Alistair, I am offering you a future.
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References Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »


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Written by Eric Burdon, Barry Jenkins, Daniel McCulloch, John Weider and Vic Briggs (as Victor Briggs)
Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp
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"We aren't the sort of people who make mistakes"
13 February 2015 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of two freshmen at Oxford University, who are invited to join the exclusive club called The Riot Club.

I have to say this film surpasses every bit of my expectations. From the story, acting, sets and the messages behind the film, everything absorbs me and engrossed me. It shocks me deeply, and provokes much thought about the discrepancy between the world of the young elites and the general public's perception of them.

The story quickly builds towards trouble, and I already had a feeling that the dinner will end badly towards the middle of the film. Even though what the club members did was not socially acceptable, even after taking into account their state of intoxication. However, what shocks me isn't their mere irresponsible, disrespectful and even lawless behaviour. It doesn't shock me that they could get away with it because they have power and money. What shocked me is that they can have no remorse, and are still expected to have a superbly bright future. As they say, they aren't the sort of people who make mistakes. It's such a along chilling statement.

It pains me to see the bar owner having to take such a misfortune. He is shown to be honest, hardworking, and treats his guests with much respect. He can be likened to the commoners, having to take whatever misfortune the rich descends upon them.

"The Riot Club" is not just a film about drunken young adults. It is really about class struggle and societal oppression. It is a must watch. I'm still in a daze an hour after watching it, shocked by the events portrayed in it.

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