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Naked (NL) ( Mike Leigh's Naked )

David Thewlis , Katrin Cartlidge , Mike Leigh    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Thewlis, Katrin Cartlidge, Claire Skinner, Ewen Bremner, Gina McKee
  • Directors: Mike Leigh
  • Producers: Naked (NL) ( Mike Leigh's Naked ), Naked (NL), Mike Leigh's Naked
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: French, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 125.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014DHDFC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,977 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has sexually assaulted. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ranting at strangers, and meeting characters in plights very much like his own. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, ...Naked (NL) ( Mike Leigh's Naked )

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
By Matt 85
Naked hit me like a sledgehammer when I first saw it. Unmatched in intensity, it examines several lives in different degrees of detail with one thing in common. They are all alone - even the girls who share the flat and the rich City boy with his girlfriends and conquests. Johnny links them together - his interactions with them, at times gentle, at times vicious and vile. We see, through excellence of acting and writing which is taut but often exuberant, how the morass of London isolates as often as it brings together.

This is a true London film, made up mostly of non-Londonders. It shines a light onto people living in the early 90s, recession-hit, post-Thatcher period. It is a political film, polemical and angry. Johnny is seemingly full of wonder at the world, railing against the 'me, now' generation, and yet deeply cynical about the purpose of existence.

Mike Leigh was accused of being misanthropic with Naked, focusing on the worst of human nature. But you can take from it what you want - in some people's lives there is little or no redemption, but there are moments. Moments of joy, kindness, laughter - even among the despair. You can take the great lines, the arguments, the speeches, the quotations. Take the fact that your life might have gone down the route of many of those people, but didn't. If it sounds like I treated this film like a religious experience, for many years I did. It is beautiful and powerful, rich and epic in its themes. I've never seen another film that spoke more to me about people.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike Leigh's finest 18 Nov 2008
This Mike Leigh film is outstanding! I believe it was nominated for several awards at the Cannes film festival, and rightly so. David Thewlis plays Johnny, a complex anti-hero, which you love and loath in equal quantities. The dialogue is hilarious, witty, condescending and at times just plain mean.

The standout scene for me is when Johnny is invited into a security unit by a guard out of sympathy. Johnny then proceeds to destroy this poor man's hopes and dreams with a scathing philosophical monologue about our future as a human race. The supporting cast are equally good, in particular Greg Cruttwell as the nihilistic, vain and deeply shallow landlord. The music score is eerily compelling and haunting , and fits perfectly with the characters and scenery.

Unfortuntly Leigh hasn't made anything this dark or disturbing before or since. However he's still more consistent than most directors, and has become somewhat of a master at making thought provoking films.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Were They Cheeky?" 14 Nov 2007
I'm not a big fan of extremely short reviews; they have an air of self importance, but I'm about to write one anyway:

The best British film ever made? This is the best film ever made, period.

Watch it and you'll understand, as they say. Despite the moments of (dark) humour, this is bleak cinema which won't be to everyone's taste, but then it IS a Mike Leigh film, so you should know roughly what to expect.
The unfolding tragedies of the story have a similar cumulative impact to a Sarah Kane play, albeit without her subject matter or extremism.
It's an intense, car-crash-hypnotic state-of-the-nation address which also arguably forms and ends a kind of trilogy following High Hopes and Life is Sweet, set against the background of Thatcherite recession; there's probably enough subtext here for a dissertation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The naked and the dead of heart 4 Aug 2007
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Someone I know once called this the "Most depressing film I have ever seen ". He obviously hadn't seen "Mad Cows" or "Pearl Harbour" for while Naked is without doubt ,a bleak, sordid trawl through Britain's or more appositely London's underbelly it is shot through with caustic humour , odd moments of baffling empathy and is disturbingly compulsive .
Naked is ,to give it a slightly pseudo sarky synopsis in thrall to its nihilistic anti-hero , an Oddysey for the nineties ( it was released in 1993)as Johnny (David Thewlis)flees his native Manchester for London to escape the beating surely coming his way after raping a girl in an alleyway. Johnny isn't a very nice person, He's misogynistic (Indeed the whole film has been accused of misogyny , overlooking the fact that the films moral centre is female), cruel , calculating and mendacious .However he is also laceratingly witty , and fiercely intelligent so that despite his objectionable behavoiur his painful self awareness and razor sharp mind win you over.
Once in London Johnny tracks down ex-girlfriend Louise (Lesley Sharp) who is sharing a flat with neurotic Lesley (Karin Cartlidge) .Johnny , quick to spot vulnerability seduces Lesley .The flats landlord Jeremy (Greg Cruttwell) , is the films one character drawn in broad strokes A virulently obnoxious product of Thatcher's policies and world view he is a snorting stalking oil slick of a man , happy to accept sexual favours in lieu of rent and dispensing crass one liners like the repulsive off spring of Alan Bastard and Bernard Manning .
Johnny wishing to escape the clutches of the over bearing Lesley goes an fascinating tour of the capitols seamy back streets interacting with the characters he randomly bumps into.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good film, if slightly bleak, but that's part of it's attraction.
Published 1 day ago by Alastair Massingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike Leigh`s finest?
With persistent put-downs and sarcastic wit David Thewlis (Jonny) wheedles his way into peoples lives sucking the life-blood out of them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by goldie
4.0 out of 5 stars a....may...zin'
Would have to admit. ..this film is much better than 'dead or alive'. Although will have to admit in d.o. Read more
Published 6 months ago by neil bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like gritty drama's you'll love this film!
This film was truly a British affair, it was so realistic in its approach to realism, I was looking to purchase this film on DVD for a long while now and came across this by... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr G Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Society at it's saddest.
An excellent depiction of the many characters that make up our society: most that are featured in this film are from quite dysfunctional backgrounds & highlights how they survive... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Linda Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I did enjoy the film as I love anything by Mike Leigh. My favourites are Abigail's Party and Secrets and Lies. Read more
Published 14 months ago by EAP of B
5.0 out of 5 stars Leigh At His Most Challenging And Innovative
Mike Leigh's 1993 film Naked is undoubtedly his most controversial (and, probably, uncompromising) work, certainly not an easy watch, but, for me at least, it is a film whose... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars What happens if a butterfly flaps its wings in Salford?
Naked is written and directed by Mike Leigh. It stars David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge, Greg Cruttwell, Claire Skinner, Peter Wright, Ewen Bremner and Gina McKee. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Spike Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film
Fantastic film, particularly Thewlis' performance. Not for the faint of heart, perhaps, but well worth it. Full of savage poetry and great performances.
Published 17 months ago by N. Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Whats not to like
From the start to the end i was totally gripped its possibly one of the best films ever made if not the best. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Neil Horn
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