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Some Voices [DVD] [2000]

Daniel Craig , David Morrissey , Simon Cellan Jones    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Daniel Craig, David Morrissey, Kelly Macdonald, Julie Graham, Peter McDonald
  • Directors: Simon Cellan Jones
  • Writers: Joe Penhall
  • Producers: Damian Jones, Graham Broadbent
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: 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: Vci
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb 2002
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059576
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,905 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Part love story, part comedy, part study of madness, Some Voices is above all a beautifully observed, elegantly written and brilliantly acted low-key British film. The story of Ray (Daniel Craig) and his relationships with his brother Pete (Dave Morrissey) and new girlfriend Laura (Kelly Macdonald) after his release from psychiatric hospital, it is the interaction between the three that forms the cornerstone of the movie. Craig dominates proceedings as his character finds himself needlessly torn between the two, capturing Ray's descent into madness far better than the rather unnecessary over use of visual effects. The interplay between all three is superb, particularly Craig and Macdonald who spend the first two-thirds of the story developing a dependence that is pure sweetness and light before darkness descends. Director Simon Cellan Jones (whose previous credits include Our Friends in the North) allows his first feature film to develop at it's own pace, letting the script and performances dictate the action. The West London setting fizzes with a life that Notting Hill barely hinted at, proving that a movie set in the capital (or indeed made in Britain) doesn't have to rely on mock cockney gangster stereotypes to reflect the city. This is a self-assured, engaging and ultimately moving piece of filmmaking.

On the DVD: The accompanying documentary and interviews offer little insight into the process and are edited down to minute-long segments with little attempt to examine the bigger picture. Jones' commentary, however, does provide an interesting insight into the perils of making a film on a small budget. --Phil Udell

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Upon being released from mental hospital, Ray (Daniel Craig) is taken in by his brother Pete (David Morrissey), who now runs their late father's cafe. Ray begins romancing the newly single Glaswegian Laura (Kelly MacDonald), but angers his brother when he suddenly takes her on a trip to Hastings without informing anyone. Ray and Pete's relationship is complicated further by the fact that the latter has begun tentatively dating Mandy (Julie Graham), a waitress at the cafe, but as Ray's mental state begins to deteriorate it becomes harder for both Laura and Pete to deal with his increasingly bizarre behaviour.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential viewing 30 Aug 2005
By A Customer
This is one of the best portrayals of the reality of mental illness ever made on film. It's sympathetic without being sentimental, realistic without being voyeuristic. The love story within the film is believable and all the performances are superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking & Beautiful 4 July 2008
Some Voices is one of those films that you see by accident and find yourself talking about for weeks to come. The story is so compelling and the acting by all is exceptional. It tells a story of the pain mental illness can inflict on those closest to us but also that love is the thing that holds us all together. The love between the brothers is tangible as the older, protective brother Pete (played by the always excellent David Morrissey) fights to cope with a mentally ill younger brother, Ray (Daniel Craig gives the performance of his life, so far.) Not an easy film to watch but it is a rewarding one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A much under-rated film 11 Feb 2009
I find it amazing that this film is not better known. It highlights Daniel Craig's versatility as an actor, and is a sensitive and thought-provoking portrayal of mental illness. It is a far better film than some of his more recent ones, and I wish he would return to something a little less action-based and more thoughtful. Films about mental illness can sometimes seem overwhelming and a bit claustrophobic. This one manages to take the subject serioously, and be funny and moving at the same time. The music is also great, and catches the attention right at the start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great acting here 5 May 2012
By scorpio
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daniel craig was first class in his role in this film. he had mental health issues and had to take medication for this. i felt for the character and it was a first class acting role. the brother who was always trying to be there for him was believable and well acted. this film is not the easiest to watch but anything that brings an illness to life as the acting here did is worth a look.well done on this film. a jem i felt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and realistic 19 May 2011
Everybody should see this film if they get the opportunity, it's a beautiful and realistic tale of love, family and mental illness.
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