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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.

Director:

Lone Scherfig

Writers:

Laura Wade (play), Laura Wade
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Cast

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
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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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Filthy. Rich. Spoilt. Rotten. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Posh See more »

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Opening Weekend:

$808,939 (United Kingdom), 21 September 2014, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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The film was originally a successful play 'Posh' that premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2010, before transferring to the London West End. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Alistair Ryle: [during a drunken rant] I'm sick to fucking death... of poor people!
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References The Apprentice UK (2005) See more »

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Wild Boys
Performed by Duran Duran
Written by Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor and John Taylor, © 1984
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Gloucester Place Music Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music Ltd.
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Another Awesome British Film
11 July 2015 | by st8627See all my reviews

This is a typical gritty Film Four presentation. A look at the seedier side of society groups and making us look at a side of people that we like to believe doesn't exist really but deep down we know they do. Very gritty , very thought provoking watch this knowing that you will be shocked .

A secret Oxford University club where if you have to ask to join you can't be a member who are all from affluent backgrounds and think they are better than anyone beneath their social standing.

We see how the club begins from its origins to modern day with the group needing new recruits . We see the process and induction of the new members and quickly realise that they are raucous to the extreme. They are preparing to book the annual meal and have to leave Oxford and end up in a beautiful family orientated gastro pub.

As the drink flows and the drugs are consumed the behaviour of the group becomes excessive. A pre arranged prostitute refuses to co-operate which infuriates the members further.

A violent assault tests their loyalty to each other and is played out with the involvement of outside parties.


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