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Raining Stones [DVD]

Bruce Jones , Karen Henthorn , Ken Loach    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bruce Jones, Karen Henthorn, Lee Brennan, Ricky Tomlinson, Ronnie Ravey
  • Directors: Ken Loach
  • Producers: Sally Hibbin
  • Format: PAL
  • 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 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010LB02K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,383 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Raining Stones is classic Ken Loach--an overtly bleak piece of drama shot through with defiant humour, a story of life beyond the edge of society. Bob (Bruce Jones in a role that foreshadows his more ludicrous Coronation Street character) is unemployed and struggling to make ends meet, especially with the added pressure of his young daughter's first communion and the expense involved. And that's it really--one man's struggle to maintain his dignity and provide for his family. Despite the film's frequent moments of comedy (more often than not provided by Loach regular Ricky Tomlinson), Raining Stones is ultimately more than a little disheartening. The film is in many ways similar to Loach's previous film, Riff Raff (1991), but here the examples of a community pulling together are countered with backstabbing and exploitation. In the end, there are no winners or losers in Loach's world, only those who survive and those who don't. --Phil Udell

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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Next to the magisterial 'Kes', 'Raining Stones' is the ideal introduction to the work of Ken Loach, being a perfect example of his distinctive blend of warm human comedy and rueful reflection on the state of the nation - in this case, exploring the devastating effects of unemployment on a working-class family living in an unnamed town in the north of England. They just about make ends meet, their dole income supplemented by the odd (and mostly disastrous) bit of entrepreneurship, but when Bob decides that his young daughter must have a new dress for her communion, this sets in motion a disastrous chain of events involving a gang of notoriously vicious loansharks. It's a quiet, understated and often unexpectedly powerful piece of work, with sterling performances by Bruce Jones and the ever-reliable Ricky Tomlinson, and it's admirably balanced politically; Labour's failings are blamed just as much as the Tory policies that led to their plight in the first place. The DVD is fairly bare-bones, but it's not the kind of film where you need more than a competent transfer, and you certainly get that here. Highly recommended for Loach beginners - existing fans will almost certainly have seen it anyway.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loach's Trademark Mix Of Tragedy And Hilarity 21 Mar 2012
By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Raining Stones was Ken Loach's 1993 follow-up to his 1991 film Riff-Raff, and portrays similar themes, exploring a working man's struggle to survive, both economically and morally, against a backdrop of economic recession and high unemployment - a challenge which is, of course, as relevant today in 2012 as it was in the early 1990s. For me, Raining Stones is the more successful of the two films in the way it treats its protagonist's story both with greater intimacy and intensity than the earlier film.

The other elements that are common to both Raining Stones and Riff-Raff are that both films feature an unusually high comic content (even for a Ken Loach film - which, of course, normally would include at least a handful of hilarious scenes) and, perhaps not coincidentally, both contain consummate performances from the great comic actor Ricky Tomlinson. As in Riff-Raff, Tomlinson plays a support role to Loach's central character, who, in Raining Stones, is played by Bruce Jones (Coronation Street's own Les Battersby). Bob (Jones) and Tommy (Tomlinson) are mates who, in a desperate attempt to provide for their families, will try their hand at any scam going, including 'sheep rustling' - their attempts at which are the focus of the film's hilarious opening sequence.

Loach's film compellingly depicts many of his trademark plot devices and themes, namely a central character whose world falls apart following a random fateful event, a family whose aspirations (in this case, the young daughter's desire for a successful first communion) are inextricably linked to the father's bad luck, and a set of unscrupulous authority figures (in this case, debt collectors) only too willing to exploit the situation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great film 8 Nov 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I had bought this film before as I am in it with a lot of local people I know (family) but due to moving it was lost so it was great to get it again at such a good price thanks
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Raining Stones is directed by Ken Loach and written by Jim Allen. It stars Bruce Jones, Julie Brown, Ricky Tomlinson, Tom Hickey, Mike Fallon and Jonathan James. Music is by Stewart Copeland and cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.

Northern England and as unemployment bites hard, Bob (Jones) frets about finding the money for his daughter's communion dress...

It's classical Loach, an awareness of the lower to working class lifestyle during a politically turbulent time. As is the great director's want, realism leaps out from every frame, earthy humour is evident and Loach draws you into his kitchen sink world with ease. Raining Stones has no political agenda as such, it's primary focus is the people, specifically examining how a basically honest hard working man has pride in abundance but little brains in accompaniment. And we all know what pride comes before...

The structure is simple, an hour of film lets us know the principal players, their surroundings and their beliefs. Humour dominates the narrative at this point, be it nutty ideas like stealing a sheep off of the Moors to sell to the butcher - Bob's date with a sewer drain - and Tommy (Tomlinson) showing his ass and genitals to an overhead police helicopter! There are scenes and snatches of dialogue that genuinely bring the laughs. Yet lurking in the background is the palpable sense of things about to turn bad, which is the case of course, and the film shifts for its last third into dramatic thriller mode.

Religion is a feature, but again it's not something that Loach wants to use as a tool for head beating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Ken Loach Film 30 July 2012
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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'Raining Stones' is yet another very good film from Ken Loach. It could be described as a gritty comedy. It stars Bruce Jones (Coronation Street's Les Battersby) who is on top form as Bob Williams, a father who needs the money to buy his little girl a wedding dress, shoes, veil and gloves for her first communion. There are many funny situations throughout the movie concerning Bob and how he tries to make up the cash. His best friend Tommy (played by Ricky Tomlinson) is also out of work and just as desperate for money. I laughed at one way that they managed to make a few quid, by stealing the turf from the local Conservative Party club grounds.

It isn't all laughs however, in desperation, Bob ends up borrowing money from the local loan sharks, and things begin to go downhill. There are some rather confrontational scenes towards the end, brilliantly directed by Ken Loach.

'Raining Stones' is a convincing and natural story, both touching and engaging. Bruce Jones was presented with the European Actors Award for his performance in this movie, an award that was fully deserved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Mostly very good would like to see more dvds like these
Published 7 days ago by Winston Herculeson
5.0 out of 5 stars Film
Great film good quality, very funny, very moving scouse humour with a touching story line to it. would certainly recommend
Published 2 months ago by chris Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars dated
Its dated, has lost its power, seems stagey and bitty. when first broadcast was stupendous, but now seems very poor.
Published 4 months ago by jonathan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Chose the rating on how good the film is. Good buy and a good watch. Worth the buy. Would recomend.
Published 5 months ago by kelly harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Raining stones
Ex corrie star Bruce jones brings a heart wrenching vision of what's happening now ,jobless penny less just trying to make his daugher the happiest on her holy communion a must... Read more
Published 11 months ago by dave s
5.0 out of 5 stars Ken Loach.
Nothing beats a bit of depressing British social realist filmmaking.

Ricky Tomlinson's hilarity makes sure you don't top yourself. Great movie.
Published 13 months ago by B. Lusk
5.0 out of 5 stars Raining Stones
I really enjoyed this film, it definitely depicts how life was in the early 90s. Life was a struggle for many and this is no exception as the character Bob Williams portrays. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic life drama
The film is both funny and sad, light-hearted and sinister. The directing is excellent and the whole film has a real 'fly-on-the-wall' feel about it, with very natural realistic... Read more
Published 15 months ago by commando nozama
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film.
This is a gritty British drama with Bruce Jones, famous for Coronation Street. He plays a down on his luck guy trying to get out of a hole, with fatal consequences. Recommended.
Published 17 months ago by m d watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Value
Fantastic film, and I got married in the church they used. Full of stars that we all know. And some that we don't.
Published 17 months ago by Mike in Warrington
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