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Hard Boiled Sweets [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

Paul Freeman , Elizabeth Berrington , David L. G. Hughes    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Paul Freeman, Elizabeth Berrington, Laura Greenwood, Scot Williams, Peter Wright
  • Directors: David L. G. Hughes
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Dutch
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2012
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005YXK89G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,237 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Welcome to Southend. The Vegas of the Third World.

Ex-con Johnny (Scot Williams, The Crew) is forced into pulling a heist he wants nothing to do with. Mob Boss ‘Shrewd’ Eddie (Paul Freeman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Hot Fuzz) has one million in dirty cash stashed at his home, just waiting to be stolen. But what Johnny doesn’t know is that seven other dangerous criminals also have plans to steal the money…

Filled with twists, double-crosses and murder, Hard Boiled Sweets is a crime thriller inspired by the International Best-Selling short film, A Girl and a Gun.

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), Icelandic ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted Scenes, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Short Film, SYNOPSIS: Welcome To Southend. The Vegas Of The Third World. Ex-con Johnny (Scot Williams, 'The Crew') is forced into pulling a heist he wants nothing to do with. Mob Boss 'Shrewd' Eddie (Paul Freeman, 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', 'Hot Fuzz') has one million in dirty cash stashed at his home, just waiting to be stolen. But what Johnny doesn't know is that seven other dangerous criminals also have plans to steal the money... Filled with twists, double-crosses and murder, Hard Boiled Sweets is a crime thriller inspired by the International Best-Selling short film, 'A Girl and a Gun'. ...Hard Boiled Sweets (2012) (Blu-Ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment 8 Aug 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Hugely enjoyable indie movie. Go to the website via a Google search and watch the actors talk about the making of this move and then count how few technicians were involved in making it compared to the hundreds employed in a mainstream movie. Sadly the distribution for this flick was its downfall so you can only buy it as the dvd but buy it cuz its cheap.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Snarky, savvy Britcrime at its best 2 Jun 2014
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Hard Boiled Sweets proves that you don’t need Ray Winstone or Guy Ritchie to make a cracking modern British gangster movie. It both fulfils and subverts all the typical tropes of the genre; the corrupt cop, the recently-released con; the creepy pimp and his flinch-eyed tribe of brood mares; the dangle of a cash stash ripe for the taking; old school Cockney boys on their last legs (but with life left in the old dog yet) and spunky young guns jockeying to replace them.
Add a dash of estuary Essex and a cracking script, full of knowing wit and smart-ass sardonic snipes and you have a very clever little film, one which veers just the right side of caricature. It pays homage to all the right moments, and then creates a few original splashes of its own. Like the slight logistical issue when the moment comes to chuck a scumbag off the end of Southend Pier… except that someone didn’t check the tides. Priceless.

A true ensemble piece, Hard Boiled Sweets is full of sharply-drawn characters who get precious little screen time apiece but still emerge as interesting individuals beyond the usual stereotypes. The trophy blonde looks like a victim, wearing her hair to disguise her bruises, but every man she meets is a potential opportunity, a tool to be used. The enforcer tasked with collecting the cash and then delivering the old boy for his final encounter drops the street speak to admit he’s fretting about who may be playing with his girl while he’s away. The bent copper, desperate to raise cash… to pay for another round of IVF to satisfy his baby-crazed missus. They’re all set on a collision course, with trajectories which inevitably intersect in a suitably surprising and satisfyingly blood-splattered finale.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is a real cracker of a film, it has made as many enemies as friends and The Guardian gave it what is called in media circles as a `roasting'. Well I went ahead and was more than pleasantly surprised. It starts out with ex con Johnny getting chucked out of prison. His cell mate is Joyce played by the most under rated actor ever Ian Hart. He gives him some sage advice and off to the free world and the arms of a bent and infertile copper who coerces him into doing one more heist.

This is in Southend on Sea `the Vegas of the Third World' and a town run by Shrewd Eddie (Paul Freeman), he gets ten per ecnt of everything that moves or hustles from whores to slot machines but he works to Jimmy the Gent, who himself has been coerced by new bad boy Leroy.

Right it is starting to get complicated now, but it all hinges on who can steal the bag money and who can trust who and more importantly who will die if they get caught. Everyone is playing everyone else, and new allegiances can be made with the rapidity of a gunshot report. There is humour a plenty and everyone has a hard boiled sweet nick name which often indicates a vital part of their character. Like Eddie who is the `Gobstopper', when you find out what his tool of preference for such stopping of `gobs', you will see why he has to pay for ladies company.

This has been written directed and produced by David Hughes who has adapted this from his short film `A Girl and A Gun' which actually starred Ian Hart mentioned earlier and is included as an extra.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Hard Boiled Sweets 22 Jun 2014
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A very exciting film to watch all about gangsters very well acted and keeps you engrossed right to the end
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars violent but good 14 May 2013
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Good British film. well shoot, similar but better than Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. not for children, worth a buy. Came relativley quickly from the supplier..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Southend and Gangsters 5 April 2013
By Dizzy
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Thoroughly enjoyed the film especially being set in Southend. Excellent movie.!! Was bought a s a present but I enjoyed it too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good gritty British gangster thriller 7 Nov 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The story is simple yet affective. Introduce all the characters who are aiming for the same goal and see who wins.

Simple, yet very effective. Twists and turns throughout, supported by some brilliant acting. Had me hooked from the beginning to the end.

I disagree with some previous reviewers. Although I was gutted when the film ended, it big not fall into the trap of certain films that go on to long and do not add to the story.

Picture and sounds all good. Didn't check the extras out.

Highly recommended for the film alone.
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