In the 1930s, organized crime came to England. The Italian Sabinis and English White family in West End dominated the London underworld. Come WWII and Jack "Spot" took over and later Billy Hill.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry Stone ... Jack 'Spot' Comer
Andy Beckwith ... Sonny The Yank
Josh Myers ... Moisha Blueball
Christopher Dunne ... Mr. Felson
Nicholas Gecks Nicholas Gecks ... Judge 1
Leo Gregory ... Billy Hill
Ali Cook ... Odd Legs
Joe Egan ... Bears Breath
Amy Loughton ... Mrs. Bennett
Justin Salinger ... Harry White
Jamie Foreman ... Alf White
Adam Saint ... Mr. Sabini
Andrea Coombs ... Mrs. Pickett
Roger Alborough Roger Alborough ... Mr. Pickett
Holly Earl ... Aggie Pickett


Dramatising the violent reign of two of London's most notorious gangsters, Billy Hill (Leo Gregory) and Jack 'Spot' Comer (Terry Stone), Once Upon a Time in London charts the legendary rise and fall of a nationwide criminal empire that lasted until the mid-fifties and which paved the way for the notorious Kray Twins and The Richardsons. Written by Anonymous

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Great skill sabotaged by writing
11 October 2019 | by grenfernSee all my reviews

Acting and photography in this flick is a very high standard. Dark but lovely and polished. All this counts for nothing though as it's let down by a story that's so disjointed you realise you stopped caring earlier on. The first part of the film I thought was a clever use of some cool cinematic style of weaving stories together. If I put the effort in to keep track, it would pay off as the film went on. But no. There's no story, just things that happen. It's full of pointless dead end scenes. Gangster one beats up gangster two who then beats up gangster one etc and on occasion a random moll appears and disappears. No character background or development either. They start off bad and, well, stay bad and carry on doing things that they did at the start of the film. Two hours....two hours of my life!! I suppose I'm optimistic and waited for that "ah, I get it" moment that was never going to come.

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19 April 2019 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK


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