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Sexy Beast [DVD] [2000]

Ray Winstone , Ben Kingsley , Jonathan Glazer    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman, Cavan Kendall
  • Directors: Jonathan Glazer
  • Producers: Jeremy Thomas
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, PAL, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: 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: 18
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010LAZV2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,944 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Fed up with the seemingly endless succession of Brit gangster flicks? Or just wish that someone would reinvent the genre? Either way, Sexy Beast is for you. While reintroducing some of the well-worn characters of recent years, the film at least attempts to take a sideways look at the genre. Centred on the lives of two ex-con ex-pats and their new lives in Spain, the story is one concerning the conflict between the past and the present. Ray Winston is Gel, who, enjoying his life of early retirement in the sun, finds his loyalties called into question when asked to return to Britain to take part in an audacious heist. There's not much else to say plot wise, but the script and cast is so strong that the film gets away with it. Eschewing the younger brat pack in favour of the likes of Winston, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman (sadly under-used) and Ben Kingsley (whose ultra foul-mouthed Don steals every scene) gives the film a calm authority. Quite violent--although more in language than action--but not without its moments of brilliant humour, Sexy Beast is an intelligent, enthralling and welcome addition to the gangster-film genre. --Phil Udell

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Best 6 Dec 2008
This is a brilliant British gangster film. Up there with Get Carter,The Long Good Friday et al. It works superbly on all levels. The cast including occasional ham Sir Ben Kingsley are outstanding. Even ex Lovejoy lothario Ian Macshane is pretty good as the metrosexual crime boss Teddy Bass.
Its the best use of a bank job themed film since the original Italian Job.Sexy Beast got a bit lost in the plethora of Brit Gangster flics but it is head and shoulders above them all.The disc has lots of interesting extras. The plot twists and turns,"like a twisty turny thing" and the denoument is sheer class. Buy this film.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Don't be fooled into thinking that this is another gangster film because it isn't, in fact it doesn't really fit into a genre at all. The main theme of the film is more of a love story between Gal (Ray Winstone) and Didi (Amanda Redman), which also has a very dark theme to it.
Ray Winstone is excellent as usual, but Ben Kingsley really steals the show as the Psychotic Don, a character from Gal's murky past which he is trying to escape from. Gal has retired to Spain and is living this idyllic life until Don appears like a bolt out of the blue with a job for Gal, and he will not take no for an answer.
Jonathan Glazer's directing is excellent and his use of the camera is impressive. He also get exceptional performances from the whole cast.
This is an excellent film which is simply a must buy.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonny Magic 24 Jun 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Sexy Beast it is quite simply fantastic.
I would rate this movie as being in the top three British gangster films of all time, along with Get Carter and The Long Good Friday, way ahead of other recent splurges of cinematic mockney psychopaths running amok.
Ex-criminal Gary 'Gal' Dove (Ray Winstone) has built a happy life by the pool for himself and wife his Dee-Dee (Amanda Redman) somewhere in Spain. The idyllic bubble is burst one day by the arrival of 'old friend' Don Logan (Ben Kingsley), who is intent on persuading Gal to return to London to perform one last big heist. Drawn by the psychotic Logan into a battle of wills, Gal risks everything to protect his carefully constructed world and the woman he loves. Returning to London to take part in a sensational safe deposit robbery.
Beautifully directed by Jonathan Glazer (him of lone surfer Guinness advert fame). The genius stroke is the casting of Ben Kingsley, Shakespearian actor, winner of an Oscar playing the world's greatest pacifist as Gal's nemesis, Don. He is brilliant as, quiet frankly, an absolute nutter. There are also excellent, but warped cameos by James Fox and Ian McShane.
It is stylish, sexy and compelling.
It is a beauty.
Buy it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary 27 Dec 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Few British gangster films (up to, and including The Long Good Friday and anything by Guy Ritchie) have plumbed the depths of the British crime genre as thoroughly and plausibly as this one.
A no-frills outing, it finds Ray Winstone and his missus down on the Costa, enjoying the fruits of his life of crime and generally lying low in the sun. Enter Ben Kingsley as Don Logan, a messenger from the London underworld who insists that Winstone get himself back to London for 'one, last job'.
This would be worth watching alone for Kingsley's truly terrifying performance as the crazed Don, but every member of the small-ish cast is superb; from Winstone's terrified Gal, to Ian McShane as Teddy Bass, the London-based mastermind of the robbery in question - a difficult and work-intensive hit on a safe deposit vault, to every last one of the molls and scumbags who bring up the rear. Kingsley should have got an Oscar for this, but didn't. He deserves something. Don Logan is unlikely to be forgotten by anyone who sees this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars more of the same and a little bit more 8 Nov 2003
A British crime film starring Ray Winstone, you might expect, may offer few surprises. You'd be wrong though. Winstone sacrifices his usual top dog role to play an usually timid ex criminal who seeks a decedent retirement in the scorching heat of the Ballearics. What he doesn't bank on though is the appearance of an unhinged gangster played by Ben Kingsley, demanding that he return to London for one final job. We are used to seeing Kingsley prosper in worthy roles from Oscar winners, so it's almost a jaw dropping moment to hear him utter his first words as a dense sounding cockney hoodlum. It's a role that he clearly relishes as it displays a genuinely impressive range of acting skills. How believable the fear he generates from Winstone and his cohorts is perhaps debatable, but fantasy elements protect the film from over analysis and give it a refreshingly artistic edge.
Whislt Sexy Beast at times seems a little similar to the now familiar style of Guy Ritchie's films, it certainly offers enough to be able to stand up in its right. Not least for allowing two fine actors to explore and successfully conquer new territory.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie 24 Jan 2003
By beovar
Probably the best gangster movie I've seen this year, although this is less about what gangster's do than what they are like... well, I wouldn't really know what they're like but if they're anything like Don Logan or Teddy Bess I hope I never meet one.
I really went into this film without reading any reviews and not knowing what it was about so it probably hit me doubly hard. The film starts off with a mild easy-watching pace until Don Logan (Ben Kingsley in probably his most un-Gandhi-like role) enters the scene and switches on the tension for the remainder of the movie. Of course, the movie throughout has and undercurrent of humour to it and altough there won't be really that many opportunities to laugh you may find yourself smiling on a few inappropriate occasions at the cruel extremeness of it all.
Must be watched.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good quality well packed bizzare plot
Published 8 days ago by Joe Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars This film is nearly as good as my favourite British gangster film The...
This film is nearly as good as my favourite British gangster film The Long Good Friday, and that's a good recommendation
Published 9 days ago by QM1
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting.
I must live in a different world to most people, this film is extremely well rated......The titles were difficult to read: blue background pale reddish lettering with a white drop... Read more
Published 14 days ago by cristofori
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
an unknown film to us, excellent
Published 16 days ago by Mrs. Nicola L. Ott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment
Anything with Ray in it is great by me.
Published 24 days ago by adrienne hards
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
rays the man
Published 1 month ago by geoff bicknell
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films in decades
One of the best films in decades. Ben Kingsley and Ian Mc Shane are equally terrifying. Ray Winstone at his best. In my top 10 of all time greats.
Published 1 month ago by 9sqn
5.0 out of 5 stars watch it!
the acting by Ben Kingsley is amazing! great film!
Published 1 month ago by Liam Conner
4.0 out of 5 stars Ben kingsleys performance in this movie was amazing. Ray Winstone also...
Ben kingsleys performance in this movie was amazing. Ray Winstone also done a very good job too. The movie is Very funny at times and I liked the way some of the scenes were shot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr johhny5
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