A portrait of Morrissey and his early life in 1970s Manchester before he went on to become the lead singer of seminal alternative rock band The Smiths.


Mark Gill
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Credited cast:
Jessica Brown Findlay ... Linder Sterling
Jodie Comer ... Christine
Jack Lowden ... Steven Patrick Morrissey
Simone Kirby ... Elizabeth Morrissey
Laurie Kynaston ... Johnny Marr
Peter McDonald ... Peter Morrissey
Graeme Hawley ... Mr. Leonard
Finney Cassidy ... Darren
Katherine Pearce ... Anji Hardie
Adam Lawrence ... Billy Duffy
Nicola-Jayne Wells Nicola-Jayne Wells ... Rock Chick
John Dewsbury John Dewsbury ... Bloke at bus stop
Marc Graham Marc Graham ... Gordon
Rosanna Rosanna ... Siobhan
Vivienne Bell Vivienne Bell ... Jackie Morissey


Manchester, 1976. Stephen Patrick Morrissey is unemployed and depressed. He eventually finds work but it doesn't interest him. His only interest appears to be writing down his observations on life and people in a journal. We see his life over the next six years and how this period would have a bearing on his later life for, in 1982, he was to form The Smiths, one of the most influential bands of the 80s. Written by grantss

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On Becoming Morrissey


Biography | Drama | Music


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The record store owner in the movie is played by Nigel Young, the real-life owner of the Reel Around The Fountain Records shop in Stretford Arndale shopping centre. Reel Around The Fountain Records is named after a song written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr on the Smiths debut album, the fountain in question was in the Stretford Arndale centre, inspiring Nigel to name his shop after it. The movie producers fitted out an empty shop unit in the upper level of Stretford Arndale as a 1970s record shop to use as the set for the film, Nigel's actual shop was in the lower level at the time of filming in 2016 but he assisted in creating the filming set. Since then, the redevelopment of the shopping centre has seen Reel Around The Fountain Records move to a new unit in the upper level, a curious case of life imitating art. See more »


Steven Patrick Morrissey: Manchester is a lovely place. If you happen to be a bed-ridden deaf mute.
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This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us
Written by Ron Mael (as Ronald D. Mael)
Performed by Sparks
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A Wikipedia Page in Film
12 January 2018 | by simon-75049See all my reviews

What a disappointing pile of garbage. This film could have been so much more but all it did was take a few key events from wikipedia and make a movie. "If you have five seconds to spare, then I'll tell you the story of my life / Sixteen, clumsy and shy / That's the story of my life." The film was Clumsy in the making, shy in the facts and was a waste of more than 5 seconds of my life.

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25 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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