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The Wee Man [DVD]


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  • Actors: Martin Compston, Patrick Bergin, Steven Borrie, Chris Cowlin, Simon DeSilva
  • Directors: Ray Burdis
  • 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 Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 8 July 2013
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CMSPJ9U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,101 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Crime drama based on the life of Scottish gangster Paul Ferris. Martin Compston stars as Ferris, who was brought up on Glasgow's notorious Black Hill estate in the 1960s. As a young man Ferris starts out working for two rival gang bosses, The Godfather and The Snake, but after a brutal betrayal he decides to go it alone. Carving out a dangerous and bloody career defined by violence, corruption and murder, Paul 'The Wee Man' Ferris ends up becoming the most feared man in Glasgow.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 July 2013
Format: DVD
Ray Burdis has been an entertaining talent to British audiences since the 1970's others may remember him from spoof cop series `Operation Good Guys' or even the excellent film `Love, honour and obey'; either way he also directs and writes. This is his take on the auto biography of Paul Ferris the notorious gangster from Glasgow. Ferris is played by Martin Compston (`Sweet Sixteen', `Sister' and `Strippers vs Werewolves' - cant win em all) and as ever he really delivers.

The film takes us back to Ferris' early days and the Glasgow of the 1970's when he was picked on by the Welshes for supporting the wrong team and as a result he claimed he developed debilitating psoriasis (in his book). His father tells him to be a lion and never a lamb and after being pushed too far he becomes just like them. Only a lot more violent. Thus begins his life of crime and violence.

He gets sent to a detention centre and after a few more run ins at the age of just nineteen the local heavy Arthur Thompson ( locally called `The Godfather') takes him on as an `enforcer' and he takes to it like a duck to water, quite a lot of `water' to be honest. Thompson is played by Patrick Bergin who always does great character roles and never really gets the recognition he deserves, still I digress. This then takes us on a spiral of violence that ultimately has to get out of control for all concerned.

So is it any good? Well it depends on the knowledge of the viewer; as a film it is good but as a piece of fact based historical drama then there are many who say it about as accurate as that American film that found the enigma machine on a U Boat. The accents go from brilliant Glaswegian to a bit Edinburghish, which I am fine with and at least they are all Scottish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on 10 July 2013
Format: DVD
This is based on a true story about Paul Ferris (Martin Compston) and his relationship with the Thompson Scottish crime family lead by Arthur Thompson (Patrick Bergin). The story is told with flashbacks as Paul remembers the good advice his dad gave him and he didn't follow. Growing up, Paul was bullied by the Banks brothers and turned to crime. He was recruited by the Thompson family and ran into internal conflicts.

The story was interesting. The flashbacks worked fine to break up the story as a mini subplot. The acting was a bit dry as Wee Man lacked personality.

Might work as a rental.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, partial rear male nudity, attempted rape.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
The child is father to the man; and this film firmly centres the hero-gangster in his early childhood bullied by local neds. His reaction to this, and the results that follow are grafted on to gang warfare in Glasgow both within and between different groupings. The lead actor does a good job of looking convincingly dangerous without being a six footer and the general standard of acting is very good indeed. You'll need to be able to follow Taggart-level Scots accents though, but the ear soon adjusts. Given its background in actual events (erring on caution rather than gore for once) it was all the more effective.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. D. Bagnall on 9 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
This isn't a gangster movie. It's not a film glorifying violence. If anything, it's a film for young people to watch and say 'I don't want to get involved in that life', because you either end up dead or end up spending the best part of your life in prison.....set in Glasgow and some powerful acting. watch it and see.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George Sanderson on 18 Dec. 2013
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Notwithstanding that the film is pretty poor and comes over as spin for a celebrity criminal, the Playback quality of the actual DVD is pretty poor and with the soundtrack constantly varying. All in all a disappointment.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Atkin on 11 Oct. 2013
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I was concerned that The Wee Man would be really horrific & although there was lots of violence, it wasn't dwelt on too much. The language was not quite as bad as I feared, especially for Glasgow. I thought the film could have been longer & more fluent, it seemed rather to be a series of incidents put together. Martin Compston made you sympathetic to the main character & perhaps he was the most honourable of the gangsters, as borne out by his getting out & going straight. Entertaining without glorifying violence. Pity it didn't get general realease in England.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DAVID ALLISON on 26 Sept. 2013
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Staying in Glasgow I had an interest in this subject having seen it in the newspapers as I grew up however some of the casting I felt was a bit of a let down the actors performance were good just left an unsatisfactory feeling after watching it
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mitchei on 8 Aug. 2013
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I had looked forward to this title being released on DVD for some time, but it did not meet the hype. It says it's based on a true story but a lot of 'licence' has clearly gone into it. The scene where Arthur Thompson's car is blown up being a case in point, as this actually happened in the 1960's! Also, during the closing scenes the funeral cortege stops outside a specific pub when history tells us it was another pub altogether.

As for the actors Martin Compston as Paul Ferris is good, as is Stephen McCole as 'Junior' Thompson. The best for me though is Denis Lawson as Paul Ferris's Father. The worst has to be Patrick Bergin as Arthur Thompson. Bergin is a fine actor, but he simply can't disguise his Irish accent. Would it have been beyond the makers to find a suitable Scottish actor to play the part, or at least an actor who could maintain a credible Scottish accent? As for John Hannah, he should stick to playing nice guys.
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