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Essex Boys [DVD] [2000]

Alex Kingston , Charlie Creed-Miles    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JI01
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,831 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


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Film 17 May 2002
By A Customer
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad at all. 4 Oct 2009
By adamski
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound of the underground 18 Jan 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Inspired by a true story, Essex boys takes us on a journey through the colourful but violent nights and guilty, jaded days of the titular group of criminals. The attraction of a life of crime as part of a firm is clear: unlimited drugs and drink on tap, VIP treatment in nightclubs (the best Southend has to offer) and scantily dressed young women with dubious taste in men never far away.

But as Billy (Charlie Creed-Miles) discovers, life in Essex's fast lane comes at a price. Bored of his cabbing job, Billy is both attracted and appalled by the world of Jason Locke (Sean Bean) and his underworld associates.

Death and imprisonment lurk in the shadows, and the 'firm' are certainly ruthless and reckless, but in Essex Boys, the 'firm' never appear quite as menacing as the filmmakers would like. Larry Lamb riding round in a Merc' smoking a cigar accompanied by a long haired Michael McKell and a scenery chewing Sean Bean just doesn't seem true to the realities of top (ok, upper middle) level criminality. But then, most of us wouldn't really know.

The plot revolves around double crossings and drug deals gone wrong, with some romantic intrigue (Alex Kingston on mesmeric form) thrown in for good measure. This is all well and good, if you can follow the plot, but the film's main strengths are - in order of successful execution - atmosphere and acting. This is a world of strip light underpasses flashing by in the early hours, of rendesvous by the estuarine bridge, in the shadow of the oil refinery. Essex has never looked so bleak. Bean, Kingston, Creed miles et al. certainly give it their all, and the acting is strong and committed. Bean's accent is not perfect, but this doesn't detract from the overall success of the film.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! 14 Jun 2007
Format:DVD
I have to say I was a bit worried about this film. I'm not sure why I was?! Sean Bean is absolutely amazing (as usual) as the bad guy (no change there!). He is an awful, violent killer, but I still didn't want anything bad to happen to him!!

This is a great, violent look into drug crime and revenge.

I really really really like this film and Sean Bean is fantasic
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars always liked this film 31 May 2011
Format:DVD
couldnt wait to watch it when i got it. always have liked ths film, and been based on true events is what makes the film for me. Although the characters are different, if you know about the story that happened in real life, then you will understand this film. good cast, gritty crime drama.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe's Dodgy Accent 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British movies are the dogs bollocks! 2 Aug 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I don't really get the one-star reviews. This is an excellent wee movie. The ending is weak but the atmosphere is great, especially the scene in the woods before and after the termination of the 'Essex Boys'.
Tough, gritty, great escapist stuff!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essex Boys 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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