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The Holy City (1986)

A retelling of the Easter story set in contemporary Glasgow.

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Bill Bryden

Writer:

Bill Bryden
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Iain Andrew Iain Andrew ... Jimmy
Andrew Barr Andrew Barr ... Husband
Joseph Brady ... Ryan
Andrew Byatt Andrew Byatt ... Jady
Bill Denniston Bill Denniston ... Police Sergeant
Freddie Earlle ... Harry
James Ellis James Ellis ... Eddie
Rikki Fulton Rikki Fulton ... Beverley Lordon
Katy Gardiner Katy Gardiner ... Demented Woman
Howard Goorney Howard Goorney ... Avrom
James Grant James Grant ... Peter
John Grieve John Grieve ... Tommy
Roy Hanlon Roy Hanlon ... Philip
David Hayman ... The Man
Gerard Kelly ... Blair
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A retelling of the Easter story set in contemporary Glasgow.

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Drama

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A stunning though perhaps controversial re-telling of the Christ/holy week story
10 January 2012 | by billdower57See all my reviews

It was a long time ago (1986, evidently) but I remember seeing this and being totally enthralled. Hayman as Christ in contemporary Glasgow, is brilliant, Fulton, as a bar-room philosopher, a gem, and the atmospheric filming a triumph. The contemporary setting and mix of politics and religion may be perceived by some as irreverent or even blasphemous and offence may be given by the portrayal of the occupying Roman forces of the New Testament being portrayed by 1980s English establishment, grey suited, faceless (and ruthless) figures. While Thatcherism found little support in Scotland at the time, if the film-makers were seeking commercial success, it was perhaps brave but foolhardy to portray Christ and his followers as Glaswegian socialists living in what was quietly becoming a police state. That said, I'd love to give this a second look.


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English

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28 March 1986 (UK) See more »

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