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The Business [DVD] [2005]

Danny Dyer , Tamer Hassan , Nick Love    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Danny Dyer, Tamer Hassan, Geoff Bell, Georgina Chapman, Eddie Webber
  • Directors: Nick Love
  • Writers: Nick Love
  • Producers: Allan Niblo, Andy Eliot, Charlie Woodhouse, James Richardson, Jamie Macdermott
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan 2006
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,526 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Drama set in Spain in the 1980s. Frankie (Danny Dyer), is on the run from the high-rises of South London to a new life in Malaga with nothing but a tin stuffed full of cash. Having no idea that this delivery of cash to super-suave playboy and ex-con, Charlie (Tamer Hassan), will change his life forever, he soon becomes one of the gang, and finds himself drawn into a flamboyant and violent world of organised crime.

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DVD Pathe, p918701000, PAL Region 2

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Business 21 Jan 2006
By J. D. Naylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
On seeing this film i was expecting another Lock stock.... knock off but how wrong i was.Sure there are planty of Brit gangster cliche's like flashy suits,big guns and plenty of swearing but that aside this tale of cockney wide boys "livin' it large" in picturesque and sunny climates is pretty good.
Danny Dyer plays the lead character with enough boyish charm to carry it all off with aplomb amongst all the effing and blinding and tough cockney characters (and i'm only talking about the women ! serioulsly !).
There is a pulsating eighties soundtrack which i guess is a bit too much at times but brings back memories of Duran Duran,Lacoste T-shirts and brightly coloured shell suits.
The plot is wrapped up in a satisfying ending and at the end of an hour and a half of drugs,money,guns,girls,flash cars,flash boats,double and triple crosses,duran duran records and plenty of effing and blinding i was left well satisfied.
Not the greatest Brit gangster flick but certainly well above some of the post Lock Stock/Snatch efforts.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent gangster fairytale 3 Dec 2007
By Jazzman
I wouldn't normally go out of my way to watch a film like The Business. However, I bought a copy and have to say - I really did enjoy it. This movie isn't for everyone, and if you don't like your filmic subject matter to contain elements from the 'grimier side of life' - you're going to probably hate it. But, beneath all of this is an entertaining story. Not a serious dramatisation of life as a gangster, but more a sort of urban fable, and for that reason shouldn't be taken too seriously, yet still offers up morality for the viewer.

The characters are believable, and engaging. Plus, the movie doesn't out-stay its welcome and moves along at a brisk pace, and doesn't get boring or preachy one bit.

It's not a classic, but it's worthy of a watch.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a laugh 18 Aug 2006
This is a pacy, tongue-in-cheek ganster movie set on the Costa del Crime in the 1980s. It tells the story of Frankie (Danny Dyer) who hooks up with two experienced South London crims (Charlie and Sammy) and becomes Charlie's right hand man (but Sammy's enemy). The story line tracks the rise of their criminal empire and subsequent dramatic fall. In that sense although there is an element of "glamour" in the look of the film, it cannot fairly be said to glamourise a life of crime.

One of the best things about this film is the cinematography. A lot of thought has gone into the sets and the "feel" of the film, and the detail with some of the 1980s sports fashion on display is pretty impressive (if amusing). One of the worst things about the film is the dialogue. The hackneyed "sarf Lundun" one liners start off by being amusing but end up getting on your nerves and spoiling the film. I'm not 100% convinced the script writers intended the dialogue to be as hilarious as it sounds.

The characters are well acted and believable. Particularly noteworthy, for me, was Geoff Bell as Sammy. He is utterly convincing as a total nutcase. Its also worth checking out the "alternative ending" provided on the DVD, which I thought was better than the "real" ending.

Coupled with a feel-good and authentic 1980s soundtrack this is pleasant, amusing, viewing - although its certainly no masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film 6 May 2014
By Karenp
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A great film, in typical Danny style. So if you're a fan you'll love it!! Fab soundtrack too for all those retro fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars better than expected 16 April 2014
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
The Business is one of those capers where a couple of the characters are middling-to-awful and the rest are just plain awful. Into the former category come only two players, really: Frankie, played by Danny Dyer, and Charlie, played by Tamer Hassan. The tone is quite tongue-in-cheek, set up by a voice-over by Frankie. I can never follow these kind of dramas properly so it is an advantage to see it on DVD where you can replay key sections. The plot is quite well handled, but the best things are Charlie's woeful decline and delusion, which do seem real, and almost poignant, had he not been callous about the deaths of some Moroccan youths earlier in the film. Not that it draws attention to this, but he was one of the key figures responsible for their deaths as they transported drugs by boat to Spain.

The other asset is Frankie, a rude boy played as cocky but a bit vulnerable too, whose expressions get both these aspects. He seems more personable than he should, as if the whole escapade was more a gross error in judgement than anything, which is probably a factor in real life, often. The music is very good - plenty of Blondie and other hits of the time - and the Costa del Sol location helps, as do the 80s clothes. Frankie exudes a kind of sexiness as he struts around in 80s shorts trying to be what he isn't really, but there seems to be no going back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old but quality 2 Mar 2014
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One of my all time favourite films. I've seen it several times but my daughter hadn't so I bought it so she could watch it and I could watch it again. Brilliant music throughout
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5.0 out of 5 stars This film is terrible. You must buy it now. 21 Jan 2011
This film requires a very particular frame of mind when watching it. On the one hand, Nick Love has created a fairly serious film, with serious characters and a serious plot. On the other hand, the characters and plot are pushed - intentionally or not - across the line from serious to comedy. As an action film, this is a mediocre affair, and not worth watching without a reason. As a comedy, this film is one of the best I've ever seen.

Danny Dyer has picked up the unfortunate and undeserving title of being a "Mockney"; somebody who talks with a cockney accent and walks with a bit of a swagger, but who is secretly putting it on. I do not in any way believe Dyer, or in fact the rest of the cast, are putting on any of their mannerisms; I believe they are "artistically" enhancing their natural born talents and playing up to the stereotype. The film is littered with quotes which when framed as comedy, are hilarious. This is one of the few films I have ever watched entirely with the commentary; Dyer and Love team up for an hour and a half of pure comedy, including Love's love for Dyer's nan's "Bristols" (Hint: Bristol Citys).

Certain scenes in the film further enhance the comedy. Of particular note is Tamar Hassan's introduction as the owner of the club, "Champagne Charlies", as well as Dyer and Hassan's cruise along the waterfront (serving as an introduction to the setting and the East End born'n'bred supporting characters). The film manages to exude a surprising level of quality given its significantly small budget, and only in a few scenes are the monetary constraints evident. Most of the time though, this serves to further enhance the film!

I won't go into more detail than this; the easiest way to determine whether you would like this film is to prime yourself with clips off the web of Dyer and Love giving some "banta". If you find yourself chuckling with a mild sense of superiority, then chances are this film is worth it for the laughs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I liked danny dyer in this film as Frankie some funny parts
all round great movie
Published 9 days ago by rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 18 days ago by george austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not die without seeing this film.
Fantastic film. I could watch it over and over. Had all the right elements and the cast are totally believable.
Published 2 months ago by D R Keeble
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's British Gangster Comedy.
Classic 80's British gangster comedy set in Sunny Spain.. Funny, thrilling, dangerous and outright brilliant.. A fab movie.. A complete classic.. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Scotty
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service,well wrapped,super fast delivery, a good quality...
Great service,well wrapped,super fast delivery, a good quality item,it's a great way of replacing your old vinyl albums, highly recommended
Published 5 months ago by KEN SLOUGH
3.0 out of 5 stars A rather average gangster story but with GREAT music and some really...
This is a quite watchable British gangster movie, but it's definitely not as good as "Sexy Beast" or even "Layer Cake". Read more
Published 6 months ago by Maciej
5.0 out of 5 stars the business
a stocking filler for my son he loves this film great thankyou,for your quick service and excellent posting thanks again
Published 7 months ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars love this film
love this film, great sound track, could watch it again and again, the fil came very fast, I am very happy with my order... thanks
Published 8 months ago by flo
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
British cinema is far from dead, it is just smothered by drivel out of America. The Business is another Nick Love masterpiece which can make an otherwise dreary evening shine. Read more
Published 8 months ago by zaphod5
5.0 out of 5 stars Films
My partner wanted this updated version of the business. So I got it for his birthday he watches it over and over.
Published 8 months ago by maria glacken
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