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Shiner (2000)

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The past catches up with a ruthlessly ambitious boxing promoter.

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John Irvin

Writer:

Scott Cherry (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Billy 'Shiner' Simpson
Martin Landau ... Frank Spedding
Frances Barber ... Georgie
Frank Harper ... Jeff 'Stoney' Stone
Andy Serkis ... Mel
Danny Webb ... Karl
Claire Rushbrook ... Ruth
Matthew Marsden ... Eddie 'Golden Boy' Simpson
Kenneth Cranham ... Gibson
David Kennedy ... Chris
Peter Wight ... Det. Insp. Grant
Nicola Walker ... Det. Sgt. Garland
Gary Lewis ... Vic
Derrick Harmon Derrick Harmon ... Mikey Peck
Josephine Butler ... Stephanie
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Storyline

Billy Simpson is a shady boxing promoter in South London banned from legitimate fights. It's the biggest day of his life, though, because he has a champion on his hands, his twenty-year-old son, Eddie. Billy's put all of his money on a victory, as have his quarrelling daughters. But Eddie is nervous, an odd guy in a cap is hanging around, the licensed promoter Billy has hired to arrange the evening's other fights has hired dogs, the manager of Eddie's opponent looks down scornfully on Billy and on south London, and Scotland Yard wants to put Billy in jail for the death of a club brawler. When the night goes disastrously wrong, Billy tries to find out who double-crossed him. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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All That's Left Is... Revenge.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and some nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bilis pravarde Melyne See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,843
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Like many of the movies picked up by Miramax Films in the early 2000s, this one was supposed to be given a theatrical release, but ended up debuting on DVD when the company encountered financial trouble. See more »

Goofs

After Gibson shoots Stoney through the head, and Billy crawls toward him, Stoney can clearly be seen blinking as Billy yells at him. See more »

Quotes

Mel's Girlfriend: It's my money! For the baby!
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Alternate Versions

Although this film was previously passed for an uncut 18 in the UK by the British Board of Film Classification, the 2007 distributor wanted a 15, so 30 seconds' worth of cuts were made to remove some of the violence, including a man being shot in the head and a man having his arm broken. See more »

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My Old Man (Said Follow the Van)
Written by Charles Collins & Fred W. Leigh (as Fred Leigh)
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Great in parts, but could've ended better.
26 November 2006 | by The_TriadSee all my reviews

Shiner is a film that effectively blended many genres, but just couldn't pull off a decent ending. The film begins as a character/boxing/gangster film, that holds it's own, until it takes the tone of a mystery thriller, and still keeps interest, largely down to a great performance from Michael Caine.

At times, Shiner shows some real potential, with some great scenes and dialogue fleshed out by some decent performances, once it settled into itself, it was still engaging and kept my interest until the ending, where a resounding feeling of "that's it?" surfaced.

Shiner is a good film at times, and could've been great if it had a better ending. It is worth watching though, largely for a blinding performance from Michael Caine.


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