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I, Daniel Blake (2016)

R | | Drama | 9 June 2017 (USA)
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After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Daniel Blake
... Katie
... Daisy
Dylan McKiernan ... Dylan (as Dylan Phillip McKiernan)
Kate Rutter ... Ann
... Sheila
Kema Sikazwe ... China
Steven Richens ... Piper
Amanda Payne ... Employment Support Allowance Assessor
Chris Mcglade ... At the Sawmill (as Chris McGlade)
... At the Sawmill
Gavin Webster ... At the Sawmill
Sammy T. Dobson ... Specialist Nurse
Mickey Hutton ... Neighbour with dog
... Postman
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A 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack befriends a single mother and her two kids as they navigate their way through the impersonal, Kafkaesque benefits system. With equal amounts of humor, warmth and despair, the journey is heartfelt and emotional until the end.

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Intensely Moving and Utterly Heartbreaking! See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Yo, Daniel Blake  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$18,682, 2 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$258,168, 14 July 2017
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From the end credits: «A very special thanks to workers within the DWP [Department for Work and Pensions] and PCS [Public and Commercial Services] Union who provided us with invaluable information but who must remain anonymous.» See more »

Goofs

When Daniel is in the benefits office the adviser Ann notices he looks unwell and sits him down and gives Daniel a plastic cup of water. Initially when Daniel gets the cup there are two or three cups stick together, as sometimes happens, the film then cuts away and then back and Daniels cup has become just one plastic cup. See more »

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Katie: I'm just really hungry.
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Referenced in Cash Trapped: Episode #2.13 (2017) See more »

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Sailing By
(1963)
Composed by Ronald Binge
Performed by The Alan Perry/William Gardner Orchestra as The Perry/Gardner Orchestra
Conducted by Ronald Binge
Licensed courtesy of Mozart Edition (Great Britain) Ltd.
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Gripping and moving
19 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is an excellent movie. Brilliantly written and directed, this is a no holds barred look at the British benefits system and how it dehumanises people who need State funded help.

The two lead characters have gripping back stories. Daniel and Kate help each other come to terms with how the State sees them as nothing but a number and an unwanted burden.

The movie is gritty, heart breaking and funny in parts. It is a social commentary that Ken Loach is so good at, showing what a great filmmaker he is. This is not a feel good movie but it is a rewarding and thought provoking watch.


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