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St George's Day 2012

St Georges Day is a British crime thriller that follows the story of infamous gangster cousins Micky Mannock and Ray Collishaw. Having long since graduated from the terraces they now run the top firm in London. But when they lose a drug shipment belonging to the Russian Mafia, a turf war threatens to tear their empire apart. Their only hope is a potential heist in Berlin thatll clear their ...

Starring:
Charles Dance, Craig Fairbrass
Runtime:
1 hour, 48 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Crime
Director Frank Harper
Starring Charles Dance, Craig Fairbrass
Supporting actors Vincent Regan, Frank Harper, Luke Treadaway, Neil Maskell, Nick Moran, Dexter Fletcher, Sean Pertwee, Jamie Foreman, Angela Gots, Tommy McDonnell, Tony Denham, Keeley Hazell, Ronnie Fox, Ashley Walters, Sura Dohnke, Robert Cambrinus, Clemency Burton-Hill, Craig Henderson
Studio Metrodome
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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Despite a strong cast including Craig Fairbrass, Dexter Fletcher, Charles dance, and Sean Pertwee to name but a few I found my interest in this film waning after the first hour. The script if not the film lost its way and seemed repetitive and cliched. I enjoy Guy Ritchie's movies but to me this was a knock off and contained all the usual content, language and unoriginality of the British Gangster genre. The character played by Keeley Hazell was irritating. The character was a one dimensional stereotype of a gangsters moll, all mouth and no brains and certainly cliched character wise. This film was too long; the potential quality was overrun by the quantity.
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As well as directing the film, Harper also wrote and stars in it. He is ideally suited for the role as a Londoner who has acted in various capital-based crime capers, including Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, which often have a football violence slant, such as The Rise of the Footsoldier and The Football Factory. True to form, St George's Day includes a football hooligan side-plot. This shouldn't put off those for whom hooliganism is about as attractive as the prospect of a fist in the gob. The plot and some great characters with funny lines are more important to the film.

One of these characters is Frank Harper's character, gangland boss Micky Mannock who narrates the film. It is generally held that voiceovers should be used with caution by screenwriters - they are not simply an easy way to explain the action that should really be suggested. Well, Micky's voiceover helps add depth to his witty, intelligent character, but more cleverly it sends us off on wild goose chases of suspicion. Micky can trust virtually no one.

The only people he can truly trust is his cousin and business partner Ray Collishaw played by the hulking Craig Fairbrass and Charles Dance's shadowy Trenchard, who is possibly a senior civil servant and can certainly pull strings. When it comes down to it, the rest of his crew could either be working for rival gangsters or the police or even both.
Things go wrong when a huge shipment of drugs goes missing in the North Sea and the firm find themselves owing millions of pounds to Russian gangsters who are considerably nastier than them. That's not to say Micky and Ray are of the criminal-but-basically-good-guys school of gangster hero. They are pathologically violent and don't mind a quick massacre just to prove it.
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The constant narration is a boring giveaway; he is going to survive. The film glorifies the success of truly nasty characters. The women are sex objects and caricatures, the Russians speak Russian with expected Polish accents . The storyline is fairly good and some of the editing brilliant. But it would work so much better as parody: for example Charles Dance tries a posh mockney but it does not work, yet a bit more hamming would have been fine. I can't recommend this .
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
St George's Day is directed by Frankie Harper, he also co-writes the screenplay with Urs Buehler and stars with Craig Fairbrass, Vincent Regan, Charles Dance, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Keeley Hazell, Jamie Foreman and Sean Pertwee. Music is by Tim Attack and cinematography is by Mike Southon.

Frankie Harper, one of the most liked and recognisable faces from the slew of British gangster and football hooligan films, turns his hand to try and make his own mark in what is becoming a bulging genre of Brit film. The kicker here is that he blends the two popular lad staples together by having a plot involving gangsters using a football rumble as cover for a robbery. In Berlin, Germany, no less and St George's Day as well! Cor blimey!

Plot is kind of incidental, which is just as well since it's not exactly a brains trust script. Film is filled out with the requisite amount of shouting, swearing, fighting, shooting, thieving, jingoism, sloganeering and lairy witticisms. Harper has surrounded himself with pals, clearly offering up reassuring presences to the budding director, while it's fun for fans of this splinter of Brit cinema to play spot the face. It's all very blokey and enjoyable enough for the undemanding, but the good idea on the page is not born out as the narrative often gasps for fresh air, the attempts at complexity ending up mundane.

The cinematography is a highlight, with the number of Euro locations used giving good visual tonics. Cast perform adequately as per the material, though Moran, Fletcher, Dance and Pertwee are under used and therefore wasted. There's enough in here to suggest Harper could offer something of value as a director, but maybe a little less crass for crass sake should be jettisoned in favour of some intelligence in the writing. Dexter Fletcher's debut outing as a director, Wild Bill, is a good marker, Frankie would do well to follow his mate's lead. 6/10
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If anyone is thinking the plot elements of St George's Day sound like a case of dejavu, they should think again, as this British heist thriller has a uniquely English charm to it.
Frank Harper, in his directorial and screenwriting debut, adds a personal element to what one would otherwise assume, appears to be yet another gangster thriller.
Frank Harper is clearly a patriot, who works in some relevant pieces of English trivia, including insight into distinctly British words, historical analogies, that add humor and charm to the darkly funny, profanity laced dialogue. Additionally, it presents London in a very aesthetically pleasing light, in stark contrast to most gritty urban thrillers, without taking the sharp edge off what is an uncompromising thriller.
While the plot can be confusing at times, there is an element of suspense, as one finds oneself not exactly indifferent to the fate of the anti-hero characters. Anti-heroes that they are, it makes perfect sense for them not to survive the films events, yet one develops an affinity and finds themselves rooting for them.
The film is very stylish, and seems to have added a sense of Hollywood panache, without compromising the British character of the film.
Frank Harper has added a personal touch to what is pretty much his own film, and has created a film that stands out from the rest.
It is most certainly worth investing in the Blu Ray of this film, as the cinematography is stunning, and it deserves to be presented in the best medium possible.
An absolute treat.
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