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The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael [2010] [DVD]

Danny Dyer , Lesley Manville , Thomas Clay    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Danny Dyer, Lesley Manville
  • Directors: Thomas Clay
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Metrodome Group
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003S4BGBM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,543 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Director Thomas Clay makes an astonishing debut with this tale of disaffected youth in a grim Northern town.

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In a small English town, three teenage boys are drawn into a world of temptation, violence and destruction. Bored, troubled, excluded and unable to accept or even to recognize moral boundaries, they move inexorably towards a shocking act that will horrify their sleepy community and expose its deepest, hidden fears. Brutal, explosive and uncompromising, The Great Ecstasy Of Robert Carmichael is a devastating account of the depths to which people can sink and features an outstanding performance from Danny Dyer at his most vicious, malevolent and ferocious best. ...The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful 25 Mar 2014
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This was one of the worst films i have ever seen,appalling acting,terrible directing and writing, the writer/director should never be allowed backing for another film,its so patronising, poor Danny Dyer who is in 2 scenes has been thrown on the cover with a still from a completely different film to sell the DVD.having read his book he hates that and the film,and i agree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appaling 20 Jan 2014
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This film is dreadful. it takes of amazingly slow and the end is too violent. We are used to a lot of violence, action, murder plots etc. but this one is really awful - I get the artistic point of view, which is appreciated, but it is too violent and graphic. My husband literally had to throw up midway through the torture scene.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK until the end... 14 Mar 2007
This is a movie that makes some fairly bold directoral statements early on. However, I'm not sure those gambits ultimately pay off. For example, fixed distance shots do nicely illustrate group dynamics, and create an increasingly bleak picture, but don't allow sufficient intimacy with the characters to sympathise with their situation.

We're initially introduced to Robert as a talented cellist with a penchant for cannabis - however, that's the only real detail we get. The film wastes valuable minutes on trivial scenes (for example, flirtatious schoolgirls making a play for their teacher - limply played by one of the current Eastenders cast), when it could be painting a more complete picture of Robert's progressively harder drug use, or the emerging psychosis that would legitimise the violent act he commits at the end.

As it stood, there was not enough character development or empathy with their situation for the ending to be anything more than gratuitous, and yet strangely morally indecisive. This was a shame. The theme of sexual violence (and its consequences) was well dealt with earlier in the movie. Pretty much anything else would have ended this film better. Additionally, no part of this work was worthy of comparison with Clockwork Orange - as so many reviewers have suggested.

Drawing a line under all that, there were some interesting and enjoyable parts. However, while initially compelling and engaging, it was ultimately disappointing.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute rubbish 13 Feb 2007
This is one of the worst films I have ever seen and I am a huge fan of gritty British films. This isn't gritty - gritty films by the likes of Dominic Savage and Ken Loach are gritty because they smack of truth. They are rooted in truthful characters and situations, improvised or scripted brilliantly. The script for this awful attempt at a film is so weak I find it hard to believe it was ever made. Who funded this? What were they thinking?

It is clear this director knows nothing what so ever about kids living this sort of life, nor does he have the first idea about gang rape. Rather than ripping off A Clockwork Orange and presenting his limited view of what gang rape might be like, he should have done some research into the realities of this sort of rape. The rapes seem to be there for the sake of controversy - a way of getting the film talked about. If that is Clay's aim - he achieved it.

The character of Robert is so badly written and acted that his role in the events throughout is unconvincing. I just can't believe that this talented Cellist would ever hang out with this bunch of losers let alone become the most violent of the bunch. Robert's final violent act is just beyond unbelieveable. We are never given any insight into why he becomes violent. watching a few news items on the Iraq war and taking a few drugs just isn't enough I'm afraid!

As if the script and direction weren't bad enough, the acting throughout is appalling - not one good performance - even the brilliant Danny Dyer struggles to make the terrible dialogue sound good.

Overall - absolute rubbish.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful. Avoid. 31 May 2007
By Nickov
Utter rubbish. Tries to be clever, fails. Cliched panned cameras, cliched use of surround sound and displaced musical score. Extremely poor acting. One of the most pointlessly brutal scenes ever seen, purely to create controversy. Unbelievable and insubstantial script. Yet another film with unrealistic drugs scenes. And above all it's got Danny Dyer in it (which I didn't know when I hired it), who is currently the biggest idiot in Britain.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If gratuity and misogyny are your thing... 12 April 2007
This film neither challenges, explores or concludes anything. It is a best a macabre rip off of the TV series Shameless and at worst is a homage to a snuff film. I am not particularly squeamish or easily offended (for instance I found the film Irreversible very profound in spite of it's terrible violence) but this is just foul and pointless. Poor acting particularly the teacher and tv chef. It is laughably embarassing as a piece of film until the final scene which just left me bemused. Total waste of time.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars what was he trying to prove 31 May 2007
By rob roy
i found this to be sadistic and provocative for the sake of it the director focused more on who was going to be gang raped next rather than let us get to know the characters in detail and having a plot. Being provocative does not neccesarily mean the film will be good like scum provocative but excellent as you feel for the characters and understand why they are doing these things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars powerful, intense film 19 May 2014
By lisa
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this is not a film if you are after an easy watch. it is intense and puts your nerves on end in places. brings out all sorts of emotions and is an excellent piece of film making. if you buy it for the Danny factor you may be disappointed as he does not have a huge part.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Disgusting film which should have been banned. Shame on those involved in its production. Sick. Do not buy.
Published 2 days ago by Mr I
1.0 out of 5 stars Please don't waste your money
First of all for those who are a huge Danny dyer fan like myself, please Don't get this film by the front cover I thought he was going to be the main character (Robert Carmichael)... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Leon
1.0 out of 5 stars Can we give MINUS stars??? I would for this!!!
Utterly shocking and tragic. I mean that anyone could make a film like this is shocking and tragic. I could not quite believe how utterly awful this was, the end scene must be the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by GramP
2.0 out of 5 stars Shame, could've been a contender
From the reviews here you'd think this film was completely devoid of merit, I don't agree, although I concede it has gaping flaws and is ultimately a failure. Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2011 by Now Zoltan
1.0 out of 5 stars absolutely disgusted
I am absolutely disgusted that this has been realeased.. There is a horrific gang rape scene which has left me feeling sick to the stomach. Read more
Published on 31 July 2011 by Kate
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish
this film was a complete waste of time it was boring drab and i am embarresed that this is a british film it wastes all of the actors time and it was a complete waste of british... Read more
Published on 7 April 2011 by stehew
3.0 out of 5 stars alright
I enjoyed the film although nothing much really happens until the end, it builds up for ages and the final scene is pretty horrifying. Worth a watch but nothing special!!
Published on 30 Mar 2011 by treeman
1.0 out of 5 stars Bleak
Probably the most visually disturbing film i have ever seen. Watching the final scene i was quite literally brought to tears it was that horrific to watch! Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2011 by lueze
1.0 out of 5 stars The Only Ecstasy Is The Off Switch
This film has the dubious honour of attracting the worst customer reviews I've ever seen, but I think it's still being overpraised! Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2010 by BoatDrinks
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that good i'm afraid...........
Dissapointed with this movie, i was expecting more- the trailer is better than the film. Danny plays his usual 'ned/chav' character and was ok but the movie was dire. Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2010 by George
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