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  • Actors: Alex Kingston, Charlie Creed-Miles, Tom Wilkinson, Larry Lamb, Sean Bean
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 2 July 2001
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JI01
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,927 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An everyday tale of Essex criminal lowlife, starring Sean Bean as Jason Locke, a gangster freshly released from prison who is encouraged by his wife Lisa (Alex Kingston) to get involved in a vicious battle for control of the lucrative Essex drugs market. However Jason's plans are wrecked when he is sold a batch of dodgy merchandise by one of his rivals, and it is left to Lisa to realise her ambitions herself. She takes over Jason's former position, and doesn't hesitate to seduce criminal kingpin John Dyke (Tom Wilkinson), but in order to be safe she also has to deal with the one man who can put the finger on her, her husband's former chauffeur Billy Reynolds (Charlie Creed-Miles).

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Essex Boys constructs a fictional story around the infamous Range Rover murders in Rettenden, Essex, in which three local drug dealers were found blasted to death by shotguns. Driving for ex-con Jason Locke (Sean Bean) was just another job for Billy Reynolds (Charlie Creed-Miles). But fresh out of a five-year stretch, Locke is looking to make up for lost time and begins a turf war. He stalks his manor with a menacing leer and a bottle of acid to throw in the face of anyone who gets in his way, and is given to Locke and his drug-dealing gang rely on brute strength to enforce their will, but when they decide to expand their game they underestimate the wiles of Billy's boss, countrified crime gent John Dyke. Southend's sunset strip of neon-fronted clubs and arcades, but fails to lift the plot of his film out of the Brit-gangster ghetto. That said, Winsor laudably plays it straight, avoiding the style over substance affectations of the genre, while coaxing believable performances out of his cast. --Chris Campion

On the DVD: the anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer is good with little obvious grain and an above average level of detail. But it is the soundtrack that's really the star of this DVD. The intensity of the film and the relentless action from the outset (where you are thrust into the middle of a crowded nightclub) is really upped by the brilliant Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mix, resulting in the viewer feeling every gunshot. It's a good job that the soundtrack is so spectacular, since there are no special features except the usual suspects, the original theatrical trailer and scene access. --Kristen BowditchEssex Boys constructs a fictional story around the infamous Range Rover murders in Rettenden, Essex, in which three local drug dealers were found blasted to death by shotguns. Driving for ex-con Jason Locke (Sean Bean) was just another job for Billy Reynolds (Charlie Creed-Miles). But fresh out of a five-year stretch, Locke is looking to make up for lost time and begins a turf war. He stalks his manor with a menacing leer and a bottle of acid to throw in the face of anyone who gets in his way, and is given to humiliating publicly his long-suffering wife Lisa (Alex Kingston). Locke and his drug-dealing gang rely on brute strength to enforce their will, but when they decide to expand their game they underestimate the wiles of Billy's boss, countrified crime gent John Dyke. Director Terry Winsor makes good use of locations, especially Southend's sunset strip of neon-fronted clubs and arcades, but fails to lift the plot of his film out of the Brit-gangster ghetto. That said, Winsor laudably plays it straight, avoiding the style over substance affectations of the genre, while coaxing believable performances out of his cast. --Chris Campion

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 May 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I really liked this film as the characters are all interesting and although the settings and catchphrases may be slightly cliched of the Gangster Genre the characters are unpredictable and well acted. This film really captures all the different aspects of life as a criminal, the money, the nervousness, paranoia, excitement and the inevitable downfall resulting in lives being ruined.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By adamski on 4 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
I'm always wary of British gangster type movies as they tend to be beyond cliched & although this is a bit on the cliched side, I thought it was actually pretty decent. Nothing too fancy on the direction side of things, so there's a more gritty feeling to this. Sean Bean can certainly pull off a nasty bit of work pretty well & all the other actors put in pretty decent displays. Not earth-shattering or anything, but I'd give this a go.
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By SIMMO SEZ on 27 Feb. 2015
Format: DVD
Can we love Essex Boys? It is rubbish, for sure, but compared to the likes of Bonded by Blood, which focused on the unlovely `real' protagonists in the Rettendon Range Rove slayings, it is a hoot, a thing of wonder. Sean Bean and Alex Kingston enjoy chewing up most of the Essex scenery. He is Jason, ex-con and local legend, intent on settling old scores (just ask the supermarket manager who `grassed' on him) and lording it over his cigar-chomping, dim-witted sidekicks. Bean is a northerner, but makes for an authentically nasty Essex scumbag. Kingston is Lisa, Jason's put upon spouse, an ageing sex bomb with a wicked tongue, who crushes her rivals with foul-mouthed aplomb and scheming duplicity. A tie-wearing Tom Wilkinson hams it up merrily as John Dyke, the man with the half-timbered mansion, who has a more gentlemanly approach to the drugs trade ("the groceries have come in"), but is not to be crossed: "You wanted to mess with me you are not in the same league", says John to Jason as the deals go sour. If John has nasty jobs to do, he can count on the grumpy Henry, the late Terence Digby of Z Cars fame, rarely seen without a shot-gun, with a penchant for building drainage ditches.
Our `hero' is bedazzled driver Billy (Charles Creed-Miles, latterly Bill in Wild Bill). Billy quickly discovers you need more than a good set of wheels in this game. You have to outfox the `Old Bill', give Jason's enemies a bumpy ride and drop off his deceased one night stands ("sorry, Suzie") on the seafront. No wonder your own bird is none too happy. "It's moments like this that make you or break you," Billy is told by the uncle-like John; too right, particularly when Henry is stalking you with a shot-gun.
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this film portrays three ruthless criminals who will stop at nothing to get what they want the film potrays vilance to the extreme which many people who got on the wrong side of these criminals found out the hard way.i think the film is accurate in events what happened there is another one but wont mention it.sean been gives a cracking performance as one of them. been seems to fit the part .I do think in one scene when two of the murderess dig a hole in the back garden a bit over the top to threaten some one to be on they,er side is a bit extreme I don't know if that happened in real life but I would have cut that out of the film.and to me it is a well made film.
the cast are brilliant in they er parts .but the real question witch is who did do it.like I said I have seen all of the films regarding these events .but watch this one first before the others then make up your own minds about these killings.
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By TR on 23 May 2014
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This was the first offering of the Essex boys murders and loosely follows the story that has later been told in a much better way for example, Rise of the footsoldier and bonded by blood. Sean Bean is a quality actor and plays the main lead in this saga very well. The only issue I have with this film is they don't use the real names of the characters they are playing for instance I assume Sean Bean is Pat Tate. I oys' guess this must have something to do with the timing of release and being so close to the actual convictions and possible appeals. If you have watched any of the later 'Essex boys' films then watch this one as well.
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If your looking for a film based on the real murders this isn't for you its all fiction except the actually killing scene! everything is made up. the names are not true either which is disappointing ....... shame really as i was hoping it would be the true story!! other than that it isn't a bad British gangster movie but id say if you are looking for a film a lot more true to the real story i would check out Rise of the foot solider.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "markruddy3" on 11 April 2005
Format: DVD
Very much like Lock Stock but a bit more black. Would advise viewing of this. Plot is good with quite a few twists and turns. Alex Kingston plays a very good part.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lord of Hog on 22 April 2004
Format: DVD
Worth the money for the sight and sound of Sean "Mr Sheffield Utd" Beangiving his unique interpretation of the Essex accent. That said it reallyisn't a bad film. Never boring, well written and, for those of us residenthere in the South-East, full of familiar landmarks. Larry Lamb puts inanother cracking performance, whilst Bean (accent included) is always goodvalue. It's something about that sneer.The Malden by-pass will never bethe same again.
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