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Ratcatcher (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama | 12 November 1999 (UK)
An unabashed kid navigates the filthy world of 1973 Glasgow, preoccupying himself with the equally poor youth around him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Da
Mandy Matthews ...
Ma
William Eadie ...
Michelle Stewart ...
Ellen
Lynne Ramsay Jr. ...
Anne Marie (as Lynne Ramsay Jnr.)
Leanne Mullen ...
John Miller ...
Jackie Quinn ...
Mrs. Quinn
James Ramsay ...
Mr. Quinn
Anne McLean ...
Mrs. Fowler
Craig Bonar ...
Matt Monroe
Andrew McKenna ...
Billy
Mick Maharg ...
Stef
James Montgomery ...
Hammy
Thomas McTaggart ...
Ryan
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Storyline

Glasgow, summer, 1973. Dustmen are striking; bags of garbage add to the blight of council flats and a fetid canal. Ryan, who's about 12, drowns during a play fight with his neighbor, the jug-eared James. James runs home, a flat where he lives with his often-drunk da, his ma, and sisters, who live in hope of moving to newly-built council flats. The slice-of-life, coming-of-age story follows James as he tags along with the older lads; has a friendship with his quirky wee rodent-loving neighbor, Kenny; spends time with Margaret Anne, myopic, slightly older, the local sexual punching bag; and, has a moment or two of joy. The strike may end, but is there any way out for James? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£52,378 (UK) (14 November 1999)

Gross:

$216,781 (USA) (29 April 2001)
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Trivia

The shot of James pulling his shoe from the canal is actually a reversed shot of the shoe being submerged. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1975. The Leyland Atlantean bus used throughout, LA1 (FYS998), was withdrawn from service in 1973. It is preserved in the Glasgow Museum of Transport. See more »

Quotes

Kenny: Goodbye, Snowball!
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Something Stupid
Performed by Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra
Written by C. Carson Parks (as Carson Parks)
Licensed by Montclare Music Company Ltd. London
Copyright © Greenwood Music Company, USA
Used by kind permission of Montclare Music Company Ltd. London
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Well Worth Watching
18 October 2004 | by (OutWest) – See all my reviews

Who are these people saying that RATCATCHER is "pretentious art-house crap" ?? I suppose what they want is just good IL' downhome Hollywood swill? Don't they pay any attention at all to things like lovely cinematography, fine writing, and careful pacing? RATCATCHER is a beautiful movie, though hard to watch because of the desperate conditions of its main characters. It's full of worrisome situations and a complicated storyline that sticks with you for days. It has qualities of both compression and mystery, much like well-crafted poetry has compared to prose. Don't believe the whiners about this movie - it's NOT pretentious, it's inclusive and generous, and though it doesn't provide us with an easy let's-have-popcorn-and-watch-Schwarzenegger-blow-things-up kind of entertainment, it's well-crafted, well-written, beautifully shot, and worth watching and thinking about.


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