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Yardie (2018)

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Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood,... See full summary »

Director:

Idris Elba

Writers:

Brock Norman Brock (screenplay by), Martin Stellman (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Idris Elba shares intimate details about his directorial debut Yardie, released in UK cinemas on Friday, Aug. 31.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antwayne Eccleston Antwayne Eccleston ... Young D
Fraser James ... Piper
Aml Ameen ... D
Rayon McLean Rayon McLean ... Skeets
Mark Rhino Smith ... Raggz
Sheldon Shepherd ... King Fox
Christopher Daly Christopher Daly ... Marcus
Reshawna Douglas Reshawna Douglas ... Young Yvonne
Alexandra Vaz Alexandra Vaz ... Beverley
Chris-Ann Fletcher Chris-Ann Fletcher ... Claudette
Paul Haughton Paul Haughton ... Rupie
Everaldo Creary ... Jerry Dread
Carol Lawes Carol Lawes ... Gran
Raheim Edwards Raheim Edwards ... Young Clancy
Sean Lyn Sean Lyn ... Mr. Cheung
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Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he's not seen since she was a baby. He also hooks up with a soundclash crew, called High Noon. But before he can be convinced to abandon his life of crime and follow "the righteous path", he encounters the man who shot his brother 10 years earlier, and embarks on a bloody, explosive quest for retribution - a quest which brings him into conflict with vicious London gangster Rico (Stephen Graham). Written by Studiocanal

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Choose Your Own Path

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,047, 17 March 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,718, 17 March 2019
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Company Credits

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Warp Films, BFI Film Fund See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Idris Elba proposed to his girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre at a screening of the film in East London. See more »

Quotes

King Fox: I sent you to London so you wouldn't start a war in Kingston.
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Soundtracks

My Jamaican Boy
Written by Grace Jones
Performed by Grace Jones
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Solid and stylish debut
4 January 2019 | by BongoJusticeSee all my reviews

Well well, a lot of the people on here complaining that they "couldn't understand half the dialogue". Um...It's a movie called Yardie, about Jamaicans. In fact the dialogue is perfectly intelligible, so ignore these Daily Mail fools. Try watching Rockers if you want to hear real patios. (Though I suspect you may not, it'd probably send you into an apoplectic gammon rage).

Also some of these reviews are trashing the movie out of hand. I can't imagine what their problem can be with Ghanaian-descended actor and director Idris Elba. Seriously guys if you just plain don't like black people there's a name for that and you probably shouldn't watch movies about Jamaicans. Some people also complaining that the director isn't Jamaican. Presumably they're also furious that Spielberg isn't an alien, or a dinosaur.

With that out of the way, this is a visually and sonically sumptuous movie. It looks gorgeous and while the plot is fairly standard gangster fare (I haven't read the book so I judge the film purely on its own merits) it's an enjoyable and well made film, and definitely worth your time.

Ignore the obvious hater comments and make your own mind up.


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