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Sometimes Always Never (2018)

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A detective fantasy / family drama where a love of words helps a father reconnect with a missing son.


Carl Hunter
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Complete credited cast:
Bill Nighy ... Alan
Sam Riley ... Peter
Alice Lowe ... Sue
Jenny Agutter ... Margaret
Tim McInnerny ... Arthur
John Westley ... Official
Oliver Sindcup Oliver Sindcup ... Young Peter
Louis Healy Louis Healy ... Jack
Ella-Grace Gregoire ... Rachel
Alan Williams ... Desk Officer
Eithne Browne Eithne Browne ... Waitress
Alexei Sayle ... Bill


Alan is a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. He has spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son Michael who stormed out over a game of scrabble. With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son Peter and solve the mystery of an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family.

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His son is missing, his family is lost but his dress sense is immaculate.


Comedy | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

14 June 2019 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Triple Word Score See more »

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The film is based on a short story called Triple Word Score, written by the script writer Frank Cottrrel Boyce. See more »


Sometimes Always Never
Written by Edwyn Collins and Sean Read
Performed by Edwyn Collins, Sean Read and Chay Heney
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Such a clever script and concept-
4 April 2019 | by tm-sheehanSee all my reviews

What a clever quirky little movie that proves when done well the British succeed where other fail.

No plot or spoilers here as it would ruin the movie but all the performances headed by Bill Nighy as Alan are superb. Bill Nighy plays droll eccentric old men better than anyone I can think of I can't imagine anyone else doing justice to this role. The last time I saw Bill Nighy in a movie was The Bookshop and even though it was not the starring role ,he played an almost Dickensian character he stole that movie

The only thing I'll say about the story is that it's about two families,both have suffered loss and both are bought together by the game of Scrabble.

The supporting cast of Sam Riley as Peter Alan's son and Jenny Agutter ,(out of habit as Sister Jullienne) well and truly in this film plays Margaret touchingly and with great humour ,this is a very funny movie ,almost a comedy but with a lot of pathos Tim McInnerny as Margaret 's droll husband is also very good. Also the rest of the cast Alice Lowe ,as Peters wife and Oliver Sindcup as young Peter are very very good.

Frank Cottrell Boyce ,who wrote screenplays for Goodbye Christopher Columbus ,Railway Man,and Hillary and Jackie among other films and television is one of the most respected writers for the British screen and it's easy to understand why.

I don't know much about director the Carl Hunter but if Sometimes Always Never is an example of his directing I hope to see more of his movies.

Don't miss this one.

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