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The Guvnors (2014)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 24 June 2014 (UK)
The Guvnors is a violent thriller set amongst the clans and firms of South East London, bringing two generations together in brutal conflict.

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Gabe Turner

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Gabe Turner
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Cast

Credited cast:
Charley Palmer Rothwell ... Trey (as Charley Palmer Merkell)
Jay Simpson ... Neil
Tom Davis
Vas Blackwood ... Bill
Martin Hancock ... DC Meyler
Rochelle Neil ... Steph
Doug Allen ... Mitch
David Essex ... Mickey Snr
Paul Reynolds ... Big Tone
Lorraine Stanley ... Cheryl
Susan Fordham ... Public
Harley Sylvester ... Adam
Jumayn Hunter ... Woods
Melanie Gutteridge ... Angie
Lee Nicholas Harris ... Policeman PC492
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The Guvnors is both love letter and hate mail to the alpha male. This story's alpha is Mitch who lives buried in suburban London, having turned his back on his previous life of casual violence and intimidation as part of a legendary South East London firm. In the modern day he's the doyen of respectability and quiet confidence, but Mitch used to be a Guv'nor. This film holds a mirror up to Mitch and shows him the monster once again, buried deep in both DNA and psyche, desperate to break out and wreak havoc. Written by Anon

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Revenge is its own executioner

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hoodies vs. Hooligans See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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2.35 : 1
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The Guvnors has enough new ideas here to shake up your view in this violent thriller
1 September 2014 | by minger56See all my reviews

Turner writes and directs this passionate movie about football firms and clans of South East London and the interaction of different generations on a violent estate. We follow ex-hooligan Mitch (an impressive Doug Allen channelling a bit of Christian Bale in his performance) whose family life is disrupted when young sadistic Adam (played by Harley Sylvester, one half of pop duo Rizzle Kicks) and his gang of youths terrorise the established order. As Adam slashes and shoots his way to respect, he's taken down a peg or two by the unrecognisable David Essex playing Mickey Senior who once trained Mitch and the old clan. When Adam gets his wild revenge on Mickey, it pulls Mitch out of retirement and back to the brutal and bloody life he left behind before eventually finding out a cruel twist of family fate. From alpha males to unchecked aggression, the film flips between the modern day and flashbacks to Mitch's past which helps explain the different paths of the protagonists. The movie also throws in flashes of comedy amongst the nastiness – a scene with a traffic warden was an hilarious highlight – but the furious flying fists are done with a painful realism which may not be for those with a faint heart. With small but well acted support roles from the likes of Richard Blackwood, Barrington "One Eyed Baz" Patterson (with a real-life past to match the character on-screen) and Vas Blackwood (Lock Stock's Rory Breaker) helping to round out the cast, this slice of street life from the UK gives us some new angles on an established genre plus some funny moments to counteract the knock out fight scenes. With a cool soundtrack and Harley Sylvester showing some impressive acting chops, you may think you know what the film will be about but there's enough new ideas here to shake up your view in this violent thriller. 7.5/10 Midlands Movies Mike


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