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Shadow Run [DVD]

Michael Caine , James Fox , Geoffrey Reeve    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Caine, James Fox, Matthew Pochin, Rae Baker, Kenneth Colley
  • Directors: Geoffrey Reeve
  • Writers: Desmond Lowden
  • Producers: Geoffrey Reeve, Richard Morris-Adams
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Synergy
  • DVD Release Date: 29 April 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Q3XY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,409 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Shadow Run ought to be considerably more interesting than it is--Geoffrey Reeve is an efficient director and both Michael Caine and James Fox turn in icy performances as, respectively, an almost completely ruthless thief and the renegade intelligence man who hires him for that one last big job. Caine in particular is convincing in the half-hearted attacks of compunction that never stop him killing obstacles. Many of the bit-players--Lesley Grantham, for example--do a lot with almost nonexistent parts. The film counterpoints the planning of the heist with the social embarrassments of the fat schoolboy who becomes, by a series of coincidences, too informed about it and, ultimately, Caine's secret sharer. Reeve is rather too in love with the cathedral school background of the subplot and skimps too much on the complicated technical business of getting a computerised security van into a radio blackout zone. Still, the boy is excellent, and Caine's affair with the doomed hooker Rae Baker has some much-needed moments of wit.

On the DVD: Disappointingly, the DVD, whose Dolby surround sound does miracles for the scenes of schoolboy choristers, is presented in pan and scan 1.33:1, and has no extra features except for chapter selection and trailers for other films.--Roz Kaveney

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1.0 out of 5 stars what a shame 15 Aug 2003
By Bikini
I spent most of this film either sitting with my mouth open in shock or hiding behind a cushion. Not because the film was so tense and horrifyingly violent but because I was amazed that anyone thought they could pass it off as watchable and I was embarrassed for everyone who had taken part. I love Michael Caine more than anything and I wanted to enjoy Shadow Run because he was in it, but I ended up feeling sorry for him as he plodded through this shallow, sub-standard shambles.
The actors' performances were as unbelievable as the plot. I didn't care about any of the characters and certainly didn't care whether Joffrey sang in the choral competition. The only emotion he evoked was sadness that Haskell didn't bump him off as well. The characters spoke to give you cliched information and all remained two dimensional. Even Dirty Den was rubbish. I can't even remember the name of Haskell's prostitute hand-around because she was so pointless. James Fox's character did annoy me but this was due to James Fox not being able to speak properly.
The public school storyline of singing, social exclusion and fat Walter Mittys detracted from the planning of the shadow run heist rather than complementing it and meant that neither storyline got enough attention, which is good in a way because I couldn't have stood any more footage of stage school pratts speaking in their best posh voices.
The production values were poor and it looked like it had been thrown together last thing on a Friday afternoon. I couldn't tell whether some scenes seemed such non sequiturs due to a bad script or bad continuity.
I only sat through the whole thing because I thought it had to get better but it didn't. In fact, I think it actually got worse. And it ripped off Get Carter. In a bad way. So don't bother.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ? 25 July 2003
By A Customer
You would think by now that Michael Caine would pick and choose the scripts he gets sent. Judging by this rubbish it would appear not.
secound rate acting from a cast that could have done so much better. Leslie Grantham has a small role but manages to steal the show, but the let down is basically you can see where corners have been cut with things like supposed to be state of the art security vans which just happen to be sprayed up transits from the late eighties. All these minor things show, even the fact that half the criminal gang dont speak a word. This is because if an actor speaks you have to pay them more.
Not just the worst film our Michaels ever made but highly embarrasing for him as well. Another thing, can someone tell James Fox to keep his eyebrows still when talking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear !!! 13 Oct 2003
I hate to say it but .... apart from Leslie Grantham's brief appearance, this film is rubbish. I could go into details but it would take too long for you to read the negative comments I would be writing.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Traditional British Gangster Movie 30 Nov 2002
By A Customer
This film is typical of a genre that was popular in the 60s and 70s. Some really bad bad guys commit a fairly audacious and innovative security van heist. However, despite an excellent cast and fantastic locations it does not quite hit the spot as a blockbuster. Nontheless it's a good, old fashioned adventure story.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD BRITISH CRIME FILM 13 July 2007
By Andrew Mangravite - Published on
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"Shadow Run" isn't a great crime film on the order of "Get Carter" or "The Long Good Friday," but it is an enjoyable enough tale of a heist gone wrong. The great pleasure of the film is, of course, Michael Caine, one of the few actors who can be equally effective as good guy or bad. Here, he plays Haskell, a very bad man who's teamed up with an even badder man to loot a vanload of banknote paper. What could have been a "by-the-numbers" shoot-em-up is helped immeasurably by a sub-plot involving the nastiness that goes on in a British public school. The school and robbery subplots converge in a satisfying way, and no one can purr out a terrifying threat better than Sir Michael.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another case of good actors in bad movies 1 April 2010
By Mavrilon - Published on
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I am a great admirer of the work of British actors, James Fox and Caine.
Michael Caine had appeared in a great many movies which he should have thought twice about before signing the contract.This is one of those movies.
Caine does his old Cockney ganster bit which he developed in the original version of the ITALIAN JOB.In this one he turns ruthless,rather like a simular character he played in the classic British ganster film, MONA LISA. But it's just not working well here for him.

In additon to the grand heist theme of the movie, there's a poorly developed sub-plot concerning a nerdy English public school boy, who finds out about the heist and keeps encountering the plotters.

One of my favorite British actors, James Fox, is also wasting his time here as a corrupt Upper Class civil servant( roles which he plays so well).
Fox who started his career as a child actor ,has been making movies for over 50 years.He like Michael Caine, has made some very good one and some rather bad ones, this film being one of the latter.

The poorly written script stretches credulity to limit and there is far too much gratuitous violence to be justtified by the story .

I found the movie over all to be very disappointing.
5.0 out of 5 stars confusing 15 Jun 2014
By tim huxoll - Published on
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as i watched this film i had to understand that i wasn,t to understand so if one were to say i know how they did that this one you can,t say that with definite fact to back you up i,m sure if they did intend for you know then would have so if you are big on intrigue then mate this be the ticket because it is leaving the station
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This movie sucked 18 Mar 2011
By Antoine - Published on
Upfront, I'll admit that I've only watched about half this movie (till the mock trial of the schoolgirl) until I shut it off. There are two story lines running throughout the film, one having to do with a planned heist of a van carrying special blank paper from the government mint used in currency production, and the other involving a social outcast boy at a private school. The storylines have almost nothing to do with each other (at least till the half way point where I stopped) and the child acting is bad.

I usually love espionage and gangster movies, but I would not recommend this film to others.
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