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Friends And Crocodiles [DVD]

Damian Lewis , Robert Lindsay , Stephen Poliakoff    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Damian Lewis, Robert Lindsay, Jodhi May, Isabel Brook, Eddie Marsan
  • Directors: Stephen Poliakoff
  • Producers: Nicholas Brown
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jan 2006
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009WT58M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,590 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

BBC drama from acclaimed writer-director Stephen Poliakoff, starring Damian Lewis and Robert Lindsay. Set during the financial boom of the late 1980s and 1990s, Lewis plays Paul, a mercurial entrepreneur, who convinces Lizzie (Jodhi May) to become his secretary. Introduced into a world of celebrities, parties, politicians and artists, Lizzie gradually begins to bring a sense of order and stability to Paul's life. But when Lizzie meets Sneath (Lindsay), a mysterious social chameleon who seems content to observe this world from the margins, her relationship with Paul is severely tested. As their paths cross again and again over the course of the decade, they come closer to understanding why they were meant to work together.

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Friends And Crocodiles [DVD]

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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable 18 Jan 2006
I also watched this on BBC and was astounded by not only the performance of Damien Lewis but also the outstanding scenery and rapport.
It has been a long time since a film has gripped me to the point where i am on the internet looking for the book and information of where that beautiful house it.
Typical Poliakoff, very intelligent and utterly enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 30 Jan 2013
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Another masterpiece from the master, Stephen Poliakoff. The intense, but platonic, relationship between the lead characters is portrayed wonderfully by Damian Lewis and Jodhi May. The story is so vivid and gripping that you feel you might touch it through the screen, the sets so decadent, that you long to just step into them and live in Poliakoff's world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Friends and Crocodiles 17 Nov 2012
Stephen Poliokoff is a great director and this is a great drama. It is cleverly and intellegently written. Even the title is clever. It shows the rise and the downfall with all the emotion very well. It has got good insight and draws you into this busy high life of his main character's world as well as his downfall. Every actor acts his/her part to a high standard. This is the first of Stephen Poliokoff's films I'd seen and I was so glad that I did not overlook it. I have now seen others of his and thoroughly recommend them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The crocodile in a suit 2 May 2011
Damien Lewis and Jodhi May are two of the best -- and most underrated -- British actors you can find in the entertainment biz. And their talents are on glorious display in "Friends and Crocodiles," a slow study of British society's changes throughout the 1980s and 1990s, as well as of one orderly ambitious woman and an eccentric man.

Lizzy Thomas (May) is suddenly approached by Paul Reynolds (Lewis), a wealthy, whimsical real-estate emperor who wants her as his secretary. At first she's enthralled by his brilliant ideas, but soon she realizes that he enjoys chaos and mayhem -- and after a dangerous stunt at a party, she quits his employ.

Over the years, Lizzie and Paul encounter each other periodically -- his real-estate empire crumbles to a tiny farm and a hippie-style polyamorous family, while she marries and becomes a wealthy CEO at a massive company. But as Lizzie's company begins to implode, she begins to reexamine what she truly thinks of Paul.

The whole point of "Friends and Crocodiles" seems to be that inspired people need a little discipline, and disciplined people need a little inspiration. It's not a movie for everyone, since it's a rather slow-moving slice-of-life movie that basically charts the ups and downs of Lizzie and Paul's respective lives.

But what really makes it shine is May and Lewis -- he's excellent as a "rock star" wealthy man whose life slowly crumbles away, and May is brilliant as an everyday woman whose success throws her into a spiderweb of moral dilemmas. They have powerful chemistry, and Stephen Poliakoff carefully sketches how both of them become wiser and learn that they both need a little of the other.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm impressed! 16 Jan 2006
I saw the film on the BBC, and found it thoroughly absorbing! Normally with films lasting more than an hour or so, I find myself getting a bit stiff and bored, and checking my watch. I was checking my watch with this one, but only because I didn't want it to end. The visuals in the film, the images that stick in your mind, the style, the story.... everything was exquisitly beautiful. This is my first time seeing Poliakoff, but I am most certainly impressed.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant 23 Mar 2007
This film should be a classic, it looks at past attitudes, the thatcherian era, the dot com bubble, whilst not even coming close to being a business related film. It looks at romance, self-destruction and changes in society.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars watchable but dubious underlying message 13 Jun 2012
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I reviewed this in the middle of a personal Poliakoff film festival so feel able to compare and contrast with his other works not least Joe's Palace (BBC) [DVD] and Shooting The Past (BBC) [1999] [DVD].

Both of these carried a smaller payload while still covering big issues, and were the better for it. The latter was a series rather than a film but covered remarkably similar ground. Slightly left field characters passionate about something and the problems of modern commercial society knowing the price of everything and and the value of nothing.

The message was either amoral or competing moralities, viewer's choice.

The movement in this film appeared created by the ability of Paul to predict what the market was going to do (probably a "futurologist") in an "it's only money" way together with self-improvement a la Educating Rita [DVD] but emphatically no sexual liaison way. However it was all laid on with a trowel.

On a minor point made in the in mid 2000s with unclear time lines, evangelising bookshops as coffeeshops and the trashing of e-books seemed to be a triumph of hope over expectation as a vision of the future; Borders went into administration only 4 years later and the concept of e-books was just waiting for the rest of the technology to catch up.

Watchable in Withnail and I [DVD] perspective it's far from his best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Pictures
As a director, Stephen Poliakoff can certainly compose pretty pictures, but - again as a director - his vision lacks depth and he does not draw the best from his actors. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2012 by Oliver Twist
5.0 out of 5 stars A Team of One
The mood is one of sadness, nostalgia, what might have been: an elegiac view of a recent past, a time already no more than a memory, beautifully filmed, full of haunting... Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2008 by izzy
1.0 out of 5 stars Astounding pile of emperor's new clothes
It seems to me that viewing this particular work of Poliakoff is similar to being escorted to an exclusive first night art exhibition by an elitist clique of positively... Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2007 by Bunsen Bernard
5.0 out of 5 stars Poliakoff's masterpiece
Anyone who has a soul will find this film to be one of the most brilliant pieces of TV drama ever filmed. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2007 by Suzie T
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit off more than it can chew
Stunningly beautiful to look at but strangely empty at its core.

There seemed to be too many jump-cuts between scenes, and I, for one, would have appreciated knowing... Read more
Published on 5 May 2006 by Cicero
2.0 out of 5 stars Toothless
Friends and Crocodiles shares the strengths and the weaknesses of Poliakoff's other work. Its strengths lie in the direction, acting and music, all of which are utterly... Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2006 by Mr. C. P. Wills
5.0 out of 5 stars absolute brilliance
is friends and crocodiles that good? you may ask, absolute brilliance is not a title i,d use normally but this time it sums up exactly what your eyes have just feasted on, the... Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2006 by CHRISTOPHER SETTLE
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