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The Kid [Blu-Ray] [2010]

Augustus Prew , Kate Ashfield , Nick Moran    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Augustus Prew, Kate Ashfield, David O'Hara, Rupert Friend
  • Directors: Nick Moran
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EEMC6S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,531 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the international best selling book, The Kid is the incredibly inspiring and moving true story of one man's struggle and ultimate triumph against incredible adversity. Kevin Lewis never had a chance. Growing up in poverty in a loveless family, his life was never his own. But out of adversity one young man's amazing strength of character leads to the most daunting obstacles being overcome in a journey of hope and salvation. Directed by Nick Moran and starring Rupert Friend (Pride & Prejudice, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), The Kid is an inspirational, dramatic and gripping tale that celebrates the power of the human spirit.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This British biopic follows the raising of our eponymous kid Kevin Lewis (played by Rupert Friend Pride & Prejudice) during his upbringing by abusive and alcoholic parents that let him out for school and lock him back up the moment he comes home. He is regularly beaten, picked on in school and 'disciplined' by the school itself in the same fashion and as a result knows nothing but physical violence. When Kevin ends up in care he bounces from foster family to foster family until he meets Alan, a former boxing champion who shows him how to channel his aggression & resilience into something useful. After Alan dies, Kevin is completely lost and falls into a life of crime and illegal boxing to make ends meet, will he manage to get things back on track before his self-destructive spiral kills him?

The Kid is a touching story that will make you pity Kevin Lewis and will him to turn things around. Having never been raised he is remarkably naive and this gets him into all sorts of financial and legal trouble as person after person uses him to their own ends. Brilliantly directed by Nick Moran, this is a romp through 1980's London with the soundtrack to match. The detention scene is probably the most notable for this as it continually rotates around the detention room detailing the different kids there with their dress-sense and accompanying music genre; punks, the mods, rap fans and nu-wave kids are all there and as a result the soundtrack sounds like a who's who of the era.

The supporting cast are extremely capable, especially Kevin's venomous mother, brilliantly played by Natascha McElhone (
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The true story of Kevin Lewis who grew up on a rough council estate, with his abusive parents.Some harrowing scenes!
The film honestly portrays the way children were looked after by the social welfare system (when alerted of something amiss) of the day (circa 70s/80s) where a lot more should have been done to help.
How do you survive when everything is stacked against you, at home, and at school.Great performances by the cast, and Rupert Friend seriously got into boxing to help portray the lead part.His parents in the film are best described as 'rough' and are very well played by Con and Natasha.
Fortunately as happened a lot in those days a youth club/boxing club provided some direction for the boy in his teens, but the people who make out they are looking after you, do not always have decent intentions.
You hope through the movie that there will be some good at the end.

Superb sound track too, and a real surprise to see who the assistant producer was.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine British Film-making 8 Mar 2011
By Og Oggilby VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
'The Kid', is, as the synopsis says, based on the remarkable tru-life story of Kevin Lewis, about his personal journey from the most horrendous of upbringings through a life in organised crime, through revenge and ultimate redemption. Believe me, it's not a life you'd want to live. Although I docked this one star becasue I felt Natasha McElhone's portrayal as his mother was the weakest link in the film, the tale of how Kevin as a child - beaten, bitten, bed-wetting, feral child, rarely shown any moments of basic human kindness, is scarcely beleivable, and yet true. Indeed, the violence meted out on Kevin apparently was toned down for the film - I must single out the excellent performance of Augustus Prew as the teenage Kevin in particular, here. Prew displays an uncanny ability to portray the teenage Kevin, in all his monosyllabic, friendless and vulnerable character with warmth, and the way that Ioan Grunnford as the teacher who actually saw him as not simply a hopeless case and with a grain of decency in his character, a spark worth fanning into something remarkable, is terrific, and I defy you not to be almost moved to tears by it. Rupert Friend is brilliant in visioning the adult Kevin, too.

It is not a film that will be to everyone's taste, and the violence is graphic, but in the end, it is a fine piece of British film-making. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A few hurdles for potential U.S. audiences. 16 Jan 2012
Format:DVD
I won't add to the already numerous reviews of the film itself; some excellent reviewers here have that covered.

As far as promotion and distribution are concerned -- ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT! I had never heard of this film until I hit the internet, with this film's cast interlaced with films I'd seen recently -- the BBC'S Oliver Twist and The Boy In the Striped Pajamas, to name two. This film's title kept appearing, and the reviews looked promising.

Distributors: Give a Yank a break already! I had to sign up for Amazon.UK just to find the DVD, and after having it shipped to the U.S. (really reasonable shipping, BTW), I had to use a fairly potent P.C. to crack the Region code before reburning the movie onto a DVD that our Region 1 players can digest. I'm sure there are reciprocal barriers to the European audience for a lot of Region 1 films, and I have to question the wisdom of this Region code business. It seems like a well-planned scheme to CLEVERLY AND STRATEGICALLY EXCLUDE HUGE POTENTIAL MARKETS! Wow, what a business plan.

Anyway. I'll add what a pleasure it was to watch William Miller again. Two years older, he's shed the extreme cuteness that compelled Oliver audiences to want to adopt him, take him home and feed him. The role here is remarkably similar, and he does the same outstanding job of instilling empathy for his character's misery, in a solidly convincing performance. This is vital if the audience is to care about Keven as the film progresses. It would be interesting to see this actor mature further and land a few roles he can really sink his talents into -- especially if the performance is made available to Region 1 theatergoers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a watch
Loved this film it's very well acted I would recommend this if you love a good British film
Published 25 days ago by Eve
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking film.
A great film, a must watch for anyone that has read the book. Slight difference from the book but that always seems to happen when a book is made into a film.
Published 27 days ago by Mel 74
5.0 out of 5 stars Acting was good. The book is even more in depth and ...
Very underrated film, with no real strong promotion on film release. True story which is heart breaking, I am 55 it made me cry! Acting was good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Delighted with my purchase and the very fast delivery
Published 1 month ago by G Steward
4.0 out of 5 stars 'A HARD HITTING DRAMA'
Sadly as is often the case with many fringe movies, the film is not actually 'blu-ray' quality, however surround sound is as it should be. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars very good film
Very good film next is the book when I get the money I do like true storys like so I hope I enjoy the book as I did the film
Published 3 months ago by lee gary robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking
Read all the books and then bought the DVD. Made me very sad to think what this man went through!
Published 3 months ago by lew
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Got this after reading the book a few years back, enjoyed it and so did a couple of family members who hadnt read the book, sister in law was crying by the end.
Published 4 months ago by john pilling
5.0 out of 5 stars true to life
the film depicted the horrendous conditions that children were brought up in.
Parents who spent their money on drink and neglected the children, especially when the husband... Read more
Published 5 months ago by phil webb
5.0 out of 5 stars THE KID ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES I HAVE SEEN IN A LONG TIME
THIS MOVIE IS ONE OF THE BEST THE ACTING AND STORY LINE IS REALLY GOOD AND I RECOMMEND THIS TO ALL THOSE WHO LOVE MOVIES AND A GOOD STORY LINE.
Published 6 months ago by george cetta
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