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Nil By Mouth [1997] [DVD]

Ray Winstone , Kathy Burke , Gary Oldman    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ray Winstone, Kathy Burke, Charlie Creed-Miles, Laila Morse, Edna Doré
  • Directors: Gary Oldman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 19 April 2004
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001K2KVQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,541 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Gary Oldman took a break from acting to write and direct this unflinching family drama out of the kitchen-sink British school. Oldman doesn't appear in the film, instead handing the heavy lifting to the remarkable Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast, Cold Mountain) and Kathy Burke, who won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival for her work. The scummy drug trade of lower-class London is Oldman's turf, but he puts special focus on the miserable cycles of violence that fuel a family's struggle within this world. The results are not always easy to watch, but they are devastating (and the final sequence is chilling). Oldman may be guilty of indulging his actors a bit, but it's forgivable, given the big, roaring performances. --Robert Horton

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Gary Oldman writes and directs this gritty drama, based in part on his own experience of growing up in London with an alcoholic father. In South London, petty criminal Ray (Ray Winstone) is violent and abusive towards his wife, Valerie (Kathy Burke). After carrying out a scam with Valerie's heroin-addicted brother, Billy (Charlie Creed-Miles), Ray beats him up, convinced that Billy has ripped him off. Valerie confesses to her friends that she would like to leave Ray, but feels that she can't as she has one child already and another on the way. Winner of Best Film BAFTA 1998.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Depressing and Violent Drama 30 Oct 2006
By R. Mullaney VINE VOICE
Nil By Mouth is Britains answer to Once Were Warriors. In this film, the brilliant Ray Winstone plays a violent drunk who subjects his wife (Cathy Burke) to some horrendous domestic abuse.

Set in a London Council Estate the film never lets the viewer get comfortable from start to finish. It is a raw, unflinching look at poverty in modern day Britain. It is truly upsetting and difficult to watch but it is also a bold film which everyone should take time to watch. Winstone and Burkes performances are magnificent.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to watch, but worth the effort. 24 April 2005
I was left stunned by the amazing acting within this film. It made me look at Ray Winstone in such a different light. He is now one of my favourite actors.
Heartbreaking in its reality this is not to be watched when you want something easy to watch. You can't help but be engaged to the point of anger and sympathy. This film is relentless.
The actors, especially Winstone and Burke, create such empathy that you can really feel for them. At his worst Winstone's character is repulse and mean. Amazingly, I still felt sorry for him at times. Winstone creates a man who is at odds with his present life and his past childhood. This is a man that understands that he is pulling his life apart, but that he can't help it.
This film has every range of emotion from pain and hatred and the emotions that make us stay with the people we love no matter what. Oldman's created a masterpiece that is undoubtedly owing as much to the cast. This is a hard film to watch but you will be rivited. You will also come through the otherside glade that you did.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars you wont look away 23 Nov 2006
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
gary oldman wrote and directed this and its based on his own experiences of growing up in london and if this film is an exact mirror image of his life then its a wonder that oldman is even alive as this is a gritty and demented look at life,family and poverty.

ray winstone stars as a man named raymond who is in a relationship with kathy burke and he treats her like a dog both verbally and physically,they also have a circle of friends who all are victims of the enviroment they live in and there are few here to relate too,but thats the beauty,the film holds back nothing,offers little hope and yet is interesting and is hard to look away even during the most bleak moments,brilliant acting along with a razor sharp script containing more swear words than you would hear in a sailors convention this is excellent film making.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Having recently watched a few of Ray Winstones films, Sexy Beast and Henry V111 I nearly gave this one a miss but thankfully didn't.Gary Oldman has gone from being an excellent actor to a brilliant director if this is what he's serving up. Having served in the Met.Police for 30 years this film brought back the reality of scenes and behaviour I had myself seen so many times,the only thing missing were the smells that go with it. The main contenders,Winstone,
Foreman, Burke and Creed-Miles act out of their skins although they all seem so at home and normal in their environment.Winstone and Foreman go over the side, fight, thieve and do about everything else a low-life does including beating his woman to a pulp. Charlie Creed-Miles has to do drugs
every minute and thieves and begs to feed his £[..] a day habit.A deserved 5
stars for acting,directing, realism and make-up
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
What can i say an outstanding performance by Ray Winstone once again, you go on an emotional ride with him, and you feel his anger and his pain.
The story set in a Council Housing estate, is about Love really or lack of love from parents that can lead you to become
emotionally unstable, it is the first film i have seen to explore how one is effected Psychologically by a lack of love and effection within the home.
This film will make you think like i from a what you call a "Dysfunctional" family too a audiance that wants to understand the depths of modern day disease, lack of love can sometimes produce people who are unable to love back even if they truelly want too.
Ray Winstone puts in an amzing performance very strong, the other cast Kathy Burke and Ray's friend really compliment the film too.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best British films ever made... 18 Nov 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Nil by Mouth would be an important film if only for the fact that it reminded the good British public that Ray Winstone isn't just an asset to a film, but a resource all on his own! However, Gary Oldman's directorial debut is so much more than that - a searing, affecting film that leaves a lasting impression.
Exceptionally foul-mouthed, Nil by Mouth is a slice-of-life drama in the style of Mike Leigh or Alan Clarke (directors Oldman was very familiar with from having worked with them as a young actor); there is no classic Hollywood structure, no safety-net of a clear-plot through which we discover the characters. The cast of this film are never introduced, we are just thrown into the middle of their world and expected to adjust, treat them like people we have known for years. Because of this, the film's tale of domestic violence, alcoholism, heroin abuse and father-son relationship attains the kind of power lacking in most films. It helps that writer-director Oldman is writing about the world in which he grew up, and has populated it with real-looking (read: unattractive) actors.
Winstone is, of course, magnificent in the role of Ray, a marauding south London man on the brink of mental collapse, who takes out his unarticulated frustrations on his helpless wife Valerie, played with equal brilliance by Kathy Burke, who proves that she is far more than just a comic actress. Charlie Creed-Miles, Jamie Foreman and Laila Morse (now on TV as 'Big Mo' in EastEnders) provide sterling support.
It is a difficult film to watch, but not just because of its often-disturbing scenes of domestic violence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Painfully absorbing
I wasn't sure whether I would like this, but wanted to see it as I'm a big Gary Oldman fan.
It's very gritty, shocking, touching.... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Jayne H
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
One of the greatest films ever made. This film is completely realistic, such that you know as you watch it that every scene is being played out somewhere at any given time... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars Unflinching, gritty and powerful. One of the best british films ever...
If your a fan of films like 'This Is England'?, no holds barred and true to life, then this is for you. Read more
Published 27 days ago by paul stables
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Published 2 months ago by KEN SLOUGH
1.0 out of 5 stars Bit surprised
Was a bit taken aback by frequent the use of a four letter word beginning with c an ending in t through out the film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by GARY SHEPHERD
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding directorial debut
gary oldman's directorial debut is a confronting in your face tour de force of a film. the performances are outstanding from every member of the cast, ray winstone is scarily good,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by matthew smith
1.0 out of 5 stars nil by mouth
not for me , too much bad swearing , no story to the film . watched most of the film but would not recommend it at all
Published 4 months ago by kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Harsh and grim
If you like nice happy films then this really isn't for you. It's hard hitting, frightning and brilliantly acted. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Yicker
5.0 out of 5 stars Nil by mouth
Very good, gritty film. Very good performances from the brilliant casting of Ray Winstone. I had tears in my eyes at some of the scenes.
Published 6 months ago by Ms. J. L. Westrop
2.0 out of 5 stars powerful stuff, but not great viewing
too dark and depressing to be enjoyable.
i did not warm to any of the characters at all.
waste of money
Published 6 months ago by Mr. L. Woolcott
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