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The Rise of the Krays (2015)

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Two brothers unleash a psychotic reign of terror on their journey to build an empire of unprecedented power in the British Mafia.

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Zackary Adler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Vael Matt Vael ... Harvey
Simon Cotton Simon Cotton ... Ronnie
Kevin Leslie ... Reggie
Olivia Moyles Olivia Moyles ... Verna
Phil Dunster ... Dickie
Dan Parr Dan Parr ... Teddy
Kris Sommerville Kris Sommerville ... PC Blake
Danny Midwinter Danny Midwinter ... Nipper Read
Maurice Lane Maurice Lane ... The Regal Landlord
Alexa Morden ... Lisa
Simon Merrells ... Jack Spot
Tim Chipping Tim Chipping ... Sam
Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof ... Nancy
Georg Nikoloff ... Vittor
Nicola Stapleton ... Violet Kray
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Storyline

The story of Britain's most notorious gangsters, twin brothers Reggie and Ronnie Kray, as you've never experienced it- told from the perspective of one of their closest friends. Starting out as amateur boxers, and ending up as infamously brutal criminal masterminds, the Krays were the terror of London throughout the 1960s. Experience the Krays' precipitous rise and fall in this insider's take on their bloody, violent reign. Written by Grindstone Entertainment Group, LLC.

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal bloody violence throughout, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Legend of the Krays See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Saracen Films,Torn Pictures See more »
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Trivia

This - and its sequel - were shot on a budget of $2.5 million. See more »

Goofs

When the Krays are celebrating their success with Champagne they are drinking from flute shape glasses. These were not in general use until at least 20 years later. Champagne was drunk from wide top shallow glasses. See more »

Quotes

Teddy: I'd say the twins were cursed at birth. The doctor said it was a miracle that he
[Ronnie]
Teddy: was alive. But others whispered, Violet Cray had made a pact with the devil. Two agents of evil were exchanged for one young life.
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Connections

Followed by The Fall of the Krays (2016) See more »

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Cheap And Confused And Cynical Cash In
27 December 2015 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Tom Hardy plays Reggie and Ronnie Kray ? Hey let's make a tie in movie and release it straight to DVD . Don't worry about developing it because the other film will market this one so it's just a case of releasing our film first

That's the impression I got and THE RISE OF THE KRAYS is painfully under-developed . As the other commentators have pointed out the titular characters are played by actors who bare little resemblance to the twins . Worse than that they're not good actors either . Simon Cotton is fairly dreadful as Ronnie and resembles a not very good actor playing an East End gangster . I suppose I should be charitable and say the cast and the rest of the production team were probably under heavy pressure with deadlines but even so the poor production values are a constant distraction

I can understand what director Zackary Adler tries to do with some scenes and that is to express in a cinematic style the mental illness Ronnie Kray suffers from , but considering the subject matter is an expressionistic film featuring violent gangsters really the place for a study of schizophrenia ? Probably not . Again to be charitable at least the production team don't come out with the old clichés of "Any old ladies getting mugged and he twins wanted to know about it . They stuck to their own , we were safe in those days etc etc" . The Krays are portrayed as unpleasant characters but this is also an unpleasant badly film too


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