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Faintheart [DVD] [2008]


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  • Actors: Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremner, Jessica Hynes, Bronagh Gallagher, Tim Healy
  • Directors: Vito Rocco
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Contender Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HN6POE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,622 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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FAINTHEART is the result of MyMovieMashUp, the ground-breaking initiative by MySpace, Vertigo Films and Film4 that sought to harness the collective creativity of the world s largest online community. Set in the world of battle re-enactments, FAINTHEART is a comedy that charts the epic quest of Viking Warrior Readmund the Just, aka Richard the sales assistant (Eddie Marsan), as he attempts to win back the love of his long suffering wife Cath (Jessica Hynes). Tired of Richard s all-consuming obsession with his Iron-age alter ego, Cath kicks him out of their home and into the real world. His honour is put in further peril when Cath begins seeing Martin s PE teacher Gary (Paul Nicholls). Realising he must finally face up to the challenges of the present day and fatherly responsibility, Richard enlists the help of best friend and Trekkie , Julian (Ewen Bremner). Together with Julian and a merry band of assorted geeks known as the Bloody Broadswords , Richard must summon all of his Norse courage to discover the real warrior within.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. King on 1 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
My DVD arrived the Saturday before release which was a nice surprise! If you like small budget British comedies with a romantic feel and some nerdy characters then this is for you. Stand out performance for me was Ewen Bremner as the manager of a sci-fi comic shop who is desperate for a girlfriend. His pal Richard played by Eddie Marsan is the film's lead and is a devoted Viking re-enactor to the expense of his marriage. The film is about his efforts to win back his wife played by Jessica Hynes in a very sour part. Tim Healy is rather underused as the leader of the Vikings. The opening battle scenes are very Gladiator-esque given the slim budget! The locations are well used with Ludlow Castle providing a fine backdrop to the Viking action.

Well worth a look in my book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scythian on 22 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
I initially resisted viewing this film as it appears to be yet another attack on reenactors, making them out as nothing more than sad anoraks (I don't know any that are Trekkie's for instance). But a friend put on this film one evening to a room full of fellow reenactors and I found myself actually drawn into the film, enjoying it and laughing.
I agree that the big names are terribly under-used; other areas could have also been explored and I didn't understand why his son was having such a bad time at school. All the reenactment kids I know tend to be seen as 'cool' by their peers...
You will find yourself finishing the film with a smile on your face and feeling happy. A nice antidote to current life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
Richard may be a great Norse warrior in his battle re-enactment group, but in real life he's more likely to be walked over when confronted. His fantasy life is a sanctuary from reality, he invests a lot of time in his battle group and involves his family - perhaps a bit too much, and his wife who once found it quite fun now feels like an overlooked spare-part who is dragged along to events to stand in the rain. Feeling disillusioned by life with Richard, Cath decides it's time to go their own way and Richard is left to summon up some of his Norse warrior backbone and win back the love of his life.

Geeks like myself will appreciate the geek humour here, particularly the scenes involving Richard's best friend Julian ("Spud" from Trainspotting) who adheres to the stereotypical Trekkie image and is a loner who lives with his mum. The scene where he finally meets the girl he's been chatting with online is nothing short of hilarious and the character is one of the film's greatest assets. Some of his lines feel a bit contrived in order to shoehorn a nerdy line into the film, but Feintheart celebrates geekdom rather than mocks it. The plot is fairly formulaic, it's the sort of story you have seen many times before - but the characters and the amateur historic battles give it a unique twist and it feels typically British.

Overall the film is unremarkable but certainly not mediocre, a strong cast (many with a history of comedy) help to carve out characters which rise above the thin plot to make you really believe in them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Km Scott-jupp on 1 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
A great film, absolutely choc full of re-enactorisms. Made me and my friends cry with laughter all the way through and cringe at some of the jokes such as pouring a can of lager in a viking horn (oh yes it does happen! We all do it! Some how it's more medieval if it's in an authentic cup!) Very reminiscent of the early days of re-enactment. Britannia one of the UKs top Dark Age groups were involved in an advisory capacity and were in the film to. Some of the jokes might be lost on those that aren't re-enactors I'm not sure, but I still think it's a great feel good film for anybody and a small insight into the world of re-enactment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 31 Mar 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Thought "what the hell" and bought it. Watched it. Loved it! A very funny film. Well worth the gamble. Only gave it 4 stars because some of the picture quality wasn't the best - but that didn't detract from a great film. Great fun!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. G. Follis on 8 Dec 2009
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Filmed in the Worcestershire area where i work, so had a special interest to me, spotting the locations etc. It will never become a classic but is very watchable from start to finish, particularly if you want to see the good guy prevail. A mans hobby takes over his life which troubles the marriage but ultimately helps to win the day.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joyce J. Campbell on 4 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
We went to see this in the cinema on a cold dark evening during the recession. We came out feeling happy. The whole audience laughed together and much of the comedy was worked around things that could easily happen to ordinary people.

We were glad we saw it in widescreen before we ordered the DVD, because the views of the castle and surrounding countryside drew you in as a bonus. We enjoyed the soundtrack too as it really supported the emotional journey so we have ordered that too. Cheer yourself up with this film.Faintheart [2008]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karl Grosvenor on 18 Oct 2011
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I never knew about this film until 10 days ago when I learned a friend and his friend were extra's in it,although their scene was cut,but decided to buy it anyway and I must say it's absolutely fantastic and very funny and for the price you can't go wrong.
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