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Small Time and Where's the Money Ronnie! [DVD]

Shane Meadows    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Directors: Shane Meadows
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041HJVWQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,842 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SMALL TIME and WHERE'S THE MONEY RONNIE!
Two films by Shane Meadows

Acclaimed British director Shane Meadow's (Dead Man's Shoes, This is England) assured debut feature Small Time is a tale of petty crime in the suburbs of Nottingham, starring Meadows himself as Jumbo, leader of a band of small-time crooks.

Featuring energetic handheld camera work, brilliant comic dialogue and a host of ironic film references, Small Time clearly reveals Meadows' flair for larger-than-life characters and ability to extract accomplished, semi-improvised performances from talented non-professionals.

Also included is Where's the Money Ronnie!, Shane Meadows' short film homage to Kurosawa's Rashomon, which offers four different views of a robbery.

UK | 1996 | colour | English, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 71 minutes | DVD5 | Original aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16x9 anamorphic) | Region 0 PAL DVD

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Small Time (1996) Acclaimed British director Shane Meadows (Dead Man s Shoes, This is England) assured debut feature is a tale of petty crime in the suburbs of Nottingham which stars Meadows himself as Jumbo, leader of a ragtag band of small time crooks. Featuring energetic handheld camera work, brilliant comic dialogue and a host of ironic film references Small Time clearly reveals Meadow s flair for larger-than-life characters and ability to extract accomplished, semi-improvised performances from talented non-professionals. Where s the Money Ronnie? (1996) The Nottingham-based filmmaker s short film homage to Kurosawa's Rashamon, which offers four different views of a robbery. Meadows' pacy, black and white, short crime caper comedy served as an assured calling card that led the director to the making of Small Time. The bewildering plot features different perspectives on the same crime scene given in flashbacks during a set of police interviews by the four main protagonists (all sporting plasters on their noses) - hysterical Benny Bould (Mat Hand), charged with suspicion of armed robbery, meek Jock Spoono (James Hynd), charged with suspicion of armed robbery, gang member Zico Marzeti (Paul Anderson), charged with suspicion of theft and GBH, and debt collector Ronnie (Shane Meadows) charged with murder. ...Small Time / Where's the Money, Ronnie?

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Meadows magic. 20 Oct 2010
By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
After a string of short films in the mid-nineties, Shane Meadows went on to create this full length feature (it's an hour in duration). At first this feels like a light-hearted comedy when we see a bunch of small time robbers stealing dog food to sell door-to-door, but it quickly develops into a more satisfying drama when we get more insight into the lives of long time friends Malc and Jumbo.

They are next-door neighbours as well as old pals, but their friendship is strained when the two have to face reality and accept that they are grown up now, with girlfriends and responsibilities. Malc seems happy to embrace maturity but isn't quite strong willed enough to knock back the constant presence of Jumbo - who despite his tough exterior seems riddled with insecurities.

Shane Meadows has a great knack of tapping into male anxiety. Jumbo should be a hideous character with his scheming ways and domestic violence towards the mother of his child - but instead of being a monster, you can't help but pity him. Jumbo is played by Shame Meadows himself and it's a superb performance, in fact - all the performances are top notch in this film and even the more humourous moments are completely believable because of the realism portrayed by the characters. Meadow's genius is to create a set of characters on screen which never feel as though they are simply roles being acted out, they look and sound natural. The dialogue sounds like it has been secretly recorded from actual conversations in living rooms and tea-rooms around Nottingham.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Early Signs Of Promise 14 May 2012
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Shane Meadows' 1996 debut feature Smalltime, which runs for around a hour, is self-evidently a rather experimental affair by a film craftsman learning his trade, but it does contain just about enough, style and content-wise, to make it into a worthwhile first effort (and a portent of things to come from Meadows). Inhabiting a space somewhere between a Lock, Stock, etc, type affair, a John Cassavetes-style improvisation and TV's Shameless, Smalltime tells the story (albeit rather haphazardly) of a group of apparent ne'er-do-wells, whose time appears to be split between indulging in petty crime (offloading second hand dog food) and boozing down the pub, but who hatch a plan to turn over a local community centre, which reputedly houses 25,000 (yes, the plot does have a few holes in it).

For Smalltime, Meadows cast himself in the lead role of Jumbo, a somewhat misogynistic yobbo with few redeeming features, as the leader of the small-time gang of would-be robbers, together with a number of other first-time actors (most of whom were personal friends of Meadows). Acting-wise, the film is nothing remarkable - as is perhaps evidenced by the fact that Meadows cast none of his Smalltime actors in lead roles in any of his follow-up features - Dena Smiles as Kate delivers, for me, the most convincing performance of Meadows' first-time cast. Narrative-wise, the film is all over the place for the first 30 minutes or so, but the final sequences surrounding the attempted robbery just about lift the film into something more than a rather uninspired mess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 15 Jan 2014
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Great...I'm a big Shane Medows fan...another classic..enjoyed it. If you like one of his films you'll probably like them all..so buy it !
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