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Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 1 October 2004 (Ireland)
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A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago.

Director:

Shane Meadows
4 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paddy Considine ... Richard
Gary Stretch ... Sonny
Toby Kebbell ... Anthony
Stuart Wolfenden ... Herbie
Neil Bell ... Soz
Paul Sadot Paul Sadot ... Tuff
Seamus O'Neill Seamus O'Neill ... Big Al (as Seamus O'Neal)
Jo Hartley ... Marie
Paul Hurstfield ... Mark
Emily Aston ... Patti
George Newton ... Gypsy John
Craig Considine Craig Considine ... Craig
Matt Considine Matt Considine ... Matthew
Andrew Shim ... Elvis
Arthur Meadows Arthur Meadows ... Mourner
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Storyline

Richard returns home from military service to a small town in the Midlands. He has one thing on his mind: revenge. Payback for the local bullies who did some very bad things to his brother. At first his campaign employs guerrilla tactics, designed to frighten the men and put them ill at ease. But then he steps up his operation, and one by one these local tough guys are picked off by the terrifying angel of vengeance that Richard has become. Written by Mr_John_Barrymore

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's in all of us.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2004 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Vingança Redentora See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP695,393 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,825, 14 May 2006

Gross USA:

$6,408

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$203,450
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White (flashback scenes)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shane had to put this is England on hold for a while because he had no idea how much this was going to blow up See more »

Goofs

Before the drug scene when Richard is putting the drugs in the kettle you can clearly see under the gas mask Richard has long(ish) hair. While in every other scene he has very short hair. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard: [narrating] God will forgive them. He'll forgive them and allow them into Heaven. I can't live with that.
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Crazy Credits

Before the credits roll, the film is dedicated to the memory of Paddy Considine's father. See more »

Connections

References One Million Years B.C. (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Sunny Days
Written and Performed by Poition Normal
taken from the album 'Goodly Time'
Courtesy of Rum Records
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Raw and edgy.
11 October 2004 | by wertperchSee all my reviews

This is not just a "kitchen sink" film. It's an thriller with an edge, a story and believable characters.

It is a fairly violent film, but that violence is given a realistic, documentary treatment, which is some ways makes it all the more shocking. There is no gore splatter, just cold, well-defined revenge. The trailer did leave me with the impression it was going to be much bloodier, but I feel that Shane Meadows got the balance right.

Paddy Considine's script is very good, and leaves enough room for the audience to be surprised at the next turn, and his portrayal of a vengeful brother is spot-on.

Provided they are happy with the lack of Hollywood polish, this is a film I'd recommend to any lovers of the thriller genre. It's well-paced and there are sufficient surprises to keep you guessing throughout.

Overall, it kept me well occupied and it gets a good 8/10 from me.


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