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Naked (1993)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 4 February 1994 (USA)
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Parallel tales of two sexually obsessed men, one hurting and annoying women physically and mentally, one wandering around the city talking to strangers and experiencing dimensions of life.

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Mike Leigh

Writer:

Mike Leigh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Thewlis ... Johnny
Lesley Sharp ... Louise
Katrin Cartlidge ... Sophie
Greg Cruttwell Greg Cruttwell ... Jeremy
Claire Skinner ... Sandra
Peter Wight ... Brian
Ewen Bremner ... Archie
Susan Vidler ... Maggie
Deborah MacLaren Deborah MacLaren ... Woman in Window
Gina McKee ... Cafe Girl
Carolina Giammetta ... Masseuse
Elizabeth Berrington ... Giselle
Darren Tunstall Darren Tunstall ... Poster Man
Robert Putt Robert Putt ... Chauffeur
Lynda Rooke Lynda Rooke ... Victim
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Storyline

Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ranting at strangers, and meeting characters in plights very much like his own. Written by John Hartnup <hartnupj@cs.aston.ac.uk>

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When unbalance leads to submission

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mike Leigh's Naked See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,463, 19 December 1993

Gross USA:

$1,769,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,769,305
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Brian: Yes, it is a boring job. Bloody boring, actually. But all you can see is the tip of the iceberg, the present, the tedious here and now. What you're incapable of seeing is the rest of time, the rest of the iceberg, past and the future - my future - which is a very interesting place to be. The good thing about this job is that it gives me time and space to contemplate the future at my leisure, whilst the city sleeps, free from the cacophonous curiosity of the hoi polloi. So, you see, it's not a ...
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Another rave review!
8 February 2001 | by mikeharrisonSee all my reviews

This is one of my favourite films. I don't think that you can necessarily call it realistic. Johnny in particular seems to be one of those characters that you sometimes see in psychological dramas in film, theatre and literature who embodies too many extreme characteristics in his mode of living and his thought processes and experiences too many hyperintense situations in the short timescale of the film's action to be wholly believable. So you probably won't meet a cynical, sharply witty and intelligent and cruel f**k-up quite like that even from Manchester. But I don't think that that detracts from the film as some of the other commenters seem to feel - I don't mind a bit of staginess! David Thewlis's performance fills me with awe. His speech, his facial expressions, the way he moves and holds his body are electrifying. He is an incredibly damaged character who uses his (sometimes inhumanly) sharp wit and intelligence to cruelly torment and exploit those around him instead of trying to use his obvious gifts in a more positive way to help himself and the other human flotsam that he encounters. For all his strength of will and powers of endurance, he is weak because he revels in his nihilism and his desire to crush other unfortunates. He could never have a genuinely open mutual compassionate relationship with another human being. But thanks to the brilliance of DT he becomes one of the most magnetic screen characters ever. I love Mike Leigh and I love David Thewlis (he always plays unusual characters but not often misanthropes - the man is a great actor). I love this movie. 'Nuff said.


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