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Nil by Mouth (1997)

R | | Drama | 6 February 1998 (USA)
A rough, short-tempered patriarch of a working class family has his life and the relationships around him slowly unravel.

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Gary Oldman

Writer:

Gary Oldman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Winstone ... Raymond
Kathy Burke ... Valerie
Charlie Creed-Miles ... Billy
Laila Morse Laila Morse ... Janet
Edna Doré Edna Doré ... Kath
Chrissie Cotterill Chrissie Cotterill ... Paula
Jon Morrison Jon Morrison ... Angus
Jamie Foreman ... Mark
Steve Sweeney ... Danny
Terry Rowley Terry Rowley ... M.C. in Club
Sam Miller ... Club Comic
Leah Fitzgerald Leah Fitzgerald ... Michelle
Gerry Bromfield Gerry Bromfield ... Drug Dealer
Neil Maskell ... Schmuddie
Sid Golder Sid Golder ... Old Guy in Window
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Storyline

The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making him live on his own. Raymond is generally a rough and even violent person, and that leads to problems in the life of the family. Written by Gustaf Molin <gustaf.molin@usa.net>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic drug use, non-stop strong language, brutal domestic violence and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Erään perheen elämästä See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,367, 8 February 1998

Gross USA:

$266,130

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$266,130
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Company Credits

Production Co:

SE8 Group, EuropaCorp See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Is fellow actor Danny Dyer's all time favourite movie. See more »

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A boom mic is visible in the supermarket parking lot. See more »

Quotes

Billy: We had a fucking dog years ago, beautiful dog, it was. All Stations, it was. That's what I used to call it. That what I thought they was saying when I was little. All stations, you know. German shepard. Judy, her name was. Yeah, me dad fucking put her down when I was little. I went on holiday with me nan, and, um, when I came back, right, he's fobbed us off with some right swaggy story about how it bit someone over at the park. The lying cunt. Fucking loved that dog! That broke my heart, that ...
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Sobering and shocking, although hope remains...
5 May 2004 | by JohnBoyRoySee all my reviews

This is a piece of debutant film making at its best.

Oldman set about to create a gritty and colourful portrayal of the rough end of life in Saafff Lhaandan and in that respect he was f**kin sucessfull you bunch ah chaaaants!

The camera work is disjointed and initially appears clumsy, but the expertly chosen angles and focuses soon become enthralling. It is nicely gritty and rough around the edges. Take a special note of the excellent sound design - it really adds to the overall atmosphere of the cityscape Olman so expertly creates.

The narrative progression is pretty much non-existent. Like all realist films its not really about what is happening, but the broader issues exposed by smaller events within the film. These include some brutal moments from Winstone and also some heavy drinking/clubbing binges.

The acting is so good and so believable that I forgot I was watching a film - it is almost a documentary and those not familiar with the actors within the film may be fooled into thinking that is what they were watching.

Olman also introduces some subtle symbolism (the moment with the red balloon for example) but is never heavy handed or distracting.

Winstone and Burke really are stunning in this film, and the ending is a brilliant piece of ambiguity and hope. CHeck out Winstone's subtle touching moments with his daughter - it brings a tear to the eye.

Classic in the modern sense of the word.


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