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getting the book, doing the deal, writing the script, finding the location, making the film, editing it… it was like 36 weeks. As Eric and Con escape, they push the sports car into the river, unaware that Glenda is in the boot. Despite this, the release was given a five-star review in Empire, where it was described as "one of the best British films of the 70s". Starting with Richard Attenborough’s turn as the vicious hoodlum Pinkie Brown in the 1947 adaptation of Graham Greene’s 1938 novel Brighton Rock, postwar British cinema produced a body of solid noir cinema: Joseph Losey’s film The Criminal (1960, otherwise known as Concrete Jungle), a gritty story of a man (Stanley Baker) serving a prison sentence for a racetrack robbery who is subject to intense pressure to disclose where he has hidden the proceeds; Cy Endfield’s Hell Drivers (1957), about a truck driver’s efforts to expose the corruption of the company he works for; Val Guest’s Hell Is a City (1960), shot partly in Manchester; Peter Yates’s ultra hard-boiled 1967 dramatization of the Great Train Robbery, Robbery. He mastered the ‘unlikable’ attraction quality and garnered movie viewers over time with this character.

Michael Klinger was involved in promotion of the film in the UK, using the experience from his background as a distributor to conduct a strong advertising campaign. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this s I missed the significance of the thin glass as weapon – I think I know too many people who are picky about what type of glass they drink beer from to note this as anything other than that. Also nice to see Glynn Edwards playing Albert Swift and he is better known for playing Dave in Minder, the landlord of the Winchester - "Hallo Arfur".Osborne had never played card games before and practised poker before the shoot to lend realism to the gambling scene. They’d had nothing when they were younger, since the war they’d gradually got a lot, and the change had been so surprising they could never stop wanting, never be satisfied. When director Mike Hodges‘ first feature film debuted 40 years ago this month, I don’t believe it made much significance on the movie-going public at the time.

Michael Caine, fresh off the 60s with the roles like Harry Palmer and Alfie, and in films that ranged in variety from Zulu, The Ipcress File, The Italian Job, to The Battle of Britain, at first wouldn’t seem a good fit for a nihilistic film adapted from the noirish Ted Lewis novel. Klinger was invited to view a first print of Peter Walker's Man of Violence (1969) and was unimpressed, telling the director "I'm going to make a gangster film, but it's going to cost a lot more than this and it's going to be better". He waited hours until the sun began setting to capture the overcast shadowy lighting seen in the film. Not to mention the men who run things in Doncaster, who aren’t happy with Jack’s little holiday at home. Mike Hodges, as William Friedkin did in his hardboiled classic, was forward-looking in introducing a character few audiences could like, but found themselves inevitably empathizing with among the ruins.

and it could be argued that the disillusionment dawning upon people then made out that the business of crime was no better or worse that what was around them. Unhappy closings were the point in an era of defeat (Vietnam, unemployment, fiscal and political uncertainty, to name of few). On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 87% based on 38 reviews, with an average rating of 7. A first rate thriller, and I can’t really add much to the excellent points already made – an excellent analysis.

MGM agreed to a reasonable but below-average budget of 750,000 (there is some dispute as to whether this figure refers to dollars or pounds) [2] for the production.That being Bob Hoskins’ Harold Shand role from The Long Good Friday (although people keep telling me to checkout Richard Burton’s character in Villain as they believe it is in the same league as those). Records that aren't in picture sleeves will either be in a company sleeve or a generic plain sleeve.

And even today, everything I’ve just said notwithstanding, it’s a bit of an eye-opener to see such a stark, matter-of-fact depiction of a rough, tough town, with its depressing rows of terraced houses, its fiery backcloth of factories and steel mills, its backstreet pubs full of drunks and strippers, and its smoke-filled billiards halls where a single wrong word can get you into serious trouble. The book, which spawned two further efforts from Ted Lewis (though, for obvious reasons, these were prequels), remained out of print for the majority of the 70s, 80s and 90s, only being re-released during the late 90s resurgence.Wobble had long been a fan of the bassline of the track, saying in a 2004 interview with The Independent that "There are some bass lines that contain the whole mystery of creation within them". On occasion, he reminisces about his early youth – the last happy time he knew, we suspect – when he and Frank got on their bikes and explored the woods and wastelands on the outskirts of town.

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