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  • Actors: Lee Evans, Kathy Burke, Linda Bassett, Eric Byrne, Terri Dumont
  • Directors: Tony Grounds
  • Producers: Greg Brenman, Dixie Linder, Bruce Davey
  • Format: DVD-Video, 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 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov. 2007
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VLH7NQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,150 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Unemployed Robert Martin (Lee Evans) is desperate to improve the life of his family and enters competition after competition in the hope of winning them the money they need to make a new start. But as the competitions never come through for him, Robert eventually takes matters into his own hands and steals tickets for a family holiday in the Isle of Man. The Martins embark on their travels excited about the prospects the holiday holds for them, but Robert's wife Angie (Kathy Burke) then finds out about one of his past indiscretions and the atmosphere sours very quickly indeed.

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The Martins is a very dark, but also very funny tale of the urban underclass in modern Britain. Lee Evans is Robert Martin, an unemployed dreamer who tries to provide for his family the only way he knows how--by entering every competition he can. When the prize of a holiday is snatched away from him he embarks on a Falling Down-style wave of retribution, first on the local newspaper, then his son's school and finally the middle-class suburban couple who have "stolen" his prize. As he's shown in films such as Funny Bones and There's Something About Mary, Evans is an accomplished actor as well as a physical comedian, but the real revelation here is Kathy Burke, who imbues her character with a warm emotion and pathos as well as exhibiting the deftness of comic touch that we have come to expect from her. The simple but effective plot loses its way on a couple of occasions, but where the film really succeeds is in giving depth to a collection of characters who, while they may appear quite repulsive on the surface, are in reality just as human as the rest of us. Although it's worlds away from glib Hollywood feel-good comedy, in the end The Martins does suggest that a little glimmer of hope can go a long way, something that makes this particular film all the more endearing. --Phil Udell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Frame on 22 May 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought The Martins purely because I'd nearly laughed myself to death recently while watching all three series of Gimme Gimme Gimme. Kathy Burke has already proven what a powerful and capable actor she is - and in The Martins she is in top form (as are all of the cast).

I have never seen a film with more intense dramatic engagement between the characters, but that's balanced by ample humour, genuine compassion and love. It's a hard, but ultimately rewarding and memorable ride.

Fantastic camera work, scenery and very impressive sound design. Certainly worthy of the descriptive "brilliant".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bram on 28 April 2007
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This film is a must for everyone. I enjoy Lee Evans' stand up, but was a little sceptical about how he would appear on the big screen. He was an absolute revelation, brilliantly acted and his timing is pure perfection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ambrettagold on 6 Sept. 2011
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This story was sad and funny at the same time and brilliantly acted by top actors. Hilarious story line with such sad moments. really enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By angel gabriel on 27 Nov. 2011
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One of Lee Evans earlier films. Great. Has a very good supprting well known cast, type of funny film that can be watched over and over. Very good price. Not to be missed if an Evans fan. Highly recommend
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sonicwalter on 7 July 2010
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i would recomend this film for the teens because if you were a kid in hatfield and then moved away you would be able to come back to the place in the film. i love the film aswell :D
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bram on 6 Nov. 2007
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This film is a must for everyone. I enjoy Lee Evans' stand up, but was a little sceptical about how he would appear on the big screen. He was an absolute revelation, brilliantly acted and his timing is pure perfection.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J Cattermole VINE VOICE on 1 Oct. 2002
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this video is fab! lee evans is hilarious in this! kathy burke is a great actress! it's a fab dark comedy with side splitting consequences! once an angry man doesn't win a dream holiday but he's gonna make sure he gets it! you just know lee evans is gonna pull off another of his fantastic performances!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lucy on 30 Nov. 2012
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what can i say? a brill and classic film! lee evans is a born star, the story to the film is good and it reminds me of my own town haha.

british classic!

love it.
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