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Stuart: A Life Backwards [DVD] [2007]


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  • Actors: Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Directors: David Attwood
  • Format: Dolby, PAL, Anamorphic, Colour, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Revelation Films Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ASPO7K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,000 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The award-winning drama Stuart A Life Backwards details the remarkable friendship between a reclusive writer and illustrator (Alexander played by Benedict Cumberbatch) and a chaotic homeless man (Stuart played by BAFTA Award nominee Tom Hardy), whom he gets to know during a campaign to release two charity workers from prison.

As Alexander learns more about Stuart s complicated life and traumatic childhood, he asks if he can write his story and Stuart advises him to write the story backwards, so that it s more exciting like a Tom Clancy murder-mystery . As their remarkable alliance develops, Stuart gradually recounts his life story in reverse, his resilient personality and dry sense of humour giving the film an almost tragi-comic edge.

Through post-office heists, attempts at suicide and spells inside various institutions, Alexander is given a glimpse into a totally alien world and begins to understand how Stuart s life spiralled so badly out of control.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ann Barrett on 21 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
The performance by Tom Hardy of Stuart was absolutely outstanding. I read the book first, and was amazed at how Hardy brought Stuart to life with his incredible acting . A great talent to watch out for in the future.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Rebekah Williams on 9 Oct 2009
Format: DVD
Every now and then, the BBC produce a drama so breath-haltingly wonderful, it makes you want to trot off to Television Centre and press every single exorbitant pound of license fee money straight into the hands of the TV execs who gave it the go ahead.

The man at the centre of this drama, Stuart Clive Shorter, was it seems, a 'convict curry' of contradictions; By turns, gentle yet violent, intelligent yet credulous, polite yet terrifying, innocent yet street savvy - riding the tidal wave of his personality with a strange kind of grace and sharp humour.

Shunted around like a hockey puck from institution to institution and beset by abuse, disability and addiction from childhood, our introduction to the 33 year old Stuart begins when he parks himself in a Cambridge drop in centre and wins over writer Alexander Masters with his perculiarly acute worldview.

Stuart and Alexander become unlikely allies in campaigning against the unjust imprisonment of two out-reach workers, jailed when a homeless centre they ran was raided by Police.

Long hours and long journeys lead to long conversations, as Alexander decides to 'staple Stuart to the page' - writing, at Stuart's invitation, a 'murder mystery'. Starting - Columbo style - with the victim, and guiding the viewer slowly through the horrific crimes which led to the maiming of the man, and the killing of the boy.

Director David Attwood has previously taken viewers on a visceral voyage through Edwardian seas in 'To The Ends of The Earth', and again, does not flinch from the difficult subject matter contained in Stuart's story.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. P. Lowe on 1 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
This made me angry, sad, happy, humble. What more do you want in a film, i loved this so much, i went and brought the book, i am awaiting it,s arrival.Tom Hardy should get the recongnition he deserves he is ONE brilliant actor. Hats off to you sir,
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Stephenie Tidmarsh on 9 Dec 2009
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This was one of the best things Ive seen Tom Hardy in, He missed out on a BAFTA for his performace. Im a big Tom Hardy fan, Great Actor
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By caz on 8 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
Tom Hardy at his best yet again what a excellent film that draws you in from the start to finish. compelling emotional,funny,and a bloody great watch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nadia on 26 Aug 2011
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Very moving insight into the life of Stuart, a homeless (at some point), alchoholic & drug addict. This is a true story about a man called Stuart who lived in Cambridge which happens to be where I live, it's great seeing my home town in this brilliant film.
This is a very sad story but often hilarious and very heart warming. You are endeared to Stuart right away and Tom Hardy's potrayal of him is exceptional. I have watched this about 5 times now and I still cry everytime.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nanny Ogg on 26 Sep 2011
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A really wonderful movie, pretty much everything fits perfectly: casting and acting (Tom Hardy's performance is just amazing, and Benedict Cumberbatch manages perfectly not to be reduced to be reduced to a stooge), storytelling... it made me laugh and cry and sometimes just watch in horror the newest 'revelation' about Stuarts life. Definitely one of the best things I've seen in a while.
But, and maybe this is just me, as a non-native English speaker I had horrible trouble understanding Tom Hardy's 'mumbling' Stuart most of the time. I'm aware there's a reason he speaks like this, but without English subtitles to help me out I had to rewind more than once to more or less get (and guess) what he was talking about.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Edwards on 10 Aug 2010
Format: DVD
This adaptation of the book of the same name really is a masterpiece. Nothing is exaggerated to try and make the story more harrowing to watch, and nothing about the character of Stuart or his life is played down to try and make him more sympathetic. With this in mind, what you are left with is a very real story about the struggles one man has gone through and what then has become of him as a result. Tom Hardy is nothing short of genius in his leading role as Stuart, no doubt one of the most talented actors we have. This isn't an easy story to take in, yet while there is a fair share of darkness, there is also humour in the way Stuart looks at life. Overall this is one of the best BBC productions I have seen in a long time. If you don't buy this and love it you're a fool!
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