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Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise [2001] [DVD]

Timothy Spall , Michael Begley    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Timothy Spall, Michael Begley, Katy Cavanagh, Danny Boyle, Caroline Ashley
  • Writers: Jim Cartwright
  • Producers: Martin Carr
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 15 May 2006
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ENV548
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,338 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Danny Boyle directs this off-beat comedy, starring Timothy Spall as Tommy Rag, an eccentric vaccum-cleaner salesman who decides to take on the role of mentor to new recruit Pete (Michael Begley). Both men couldn't be more different in their personal salesman styles howver, and the scene is set for an hilarious confrontation.

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SELL, SELL, SELL... BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY! FROM ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR DANNY BOYLE (The Beach, A Life Less Ordinary, Trainspotting) COMES AN ASTONISHING AND POWERFUL ROAD MOVIE - WITH A DIFFERENCE. At a low-life club, a disinterested stripper slowly struts her stuff, an array of tired, ill and distinctly undesirable salesmen watch her, wil Pete, the stripper's DJ boyfriend, plays the music. By the end of the evening, Pete has found a new job; apprentice to Tommy Rag, an overweight and overwrought vacuum cleaner salesman. Living on whisky and puffa-pufa rice from the glove compartment, inspired by motivation tapes of Tommy's own voice, shouting "sell, sell, f**kin' sell", the manaical mentor and his trainee hit the road. As Pete grows desperate to make a sale, Tommy pursues the golden vac, the holy grail of vacuum salesmanship... But someone, somwhere doesn't want them to succeed. DIRECTOR: DANNY BOYLE - PRODUCER / WRITER: JIM CARTWRIGHT - PRODUCER MARTIN CARR - STARRING TIMOTHY SPALL, MICHAEL BEGLEY and KATY CAVANAGH - A BBC TV Production in association with BBC Worldwide Americas Inc. ORIGINALLY TRANSMITTED 30/09/2001

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grainy 4 April 2010
Format:DVD
Great story and great acting, Timothy Spall is magnificently repulsive and loud.
The picture though is incredibly grainy and 'grim' - I understand that this was deliberate but i believe it goes a little too far and detracts from the viewing at times.
I recommend it none the less.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Danny Boyle's work is always worth seeing 27 Aug 2013
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"Death of a Salesman" meets "Glengarry Glenn Ross" on acid, this portrait of the empty, horrible life of
door-to-door selling was made on the cheap in 20 days for the BBC. It has Boyle's characteristic energy,
and playful eye and a great, if occasionally over-the-top performance by Timothy Spall as a salesman
brilliant at his craft if without a shred or morality or self-worth left. There's also a solid performance
by Michael Begley as the young `rookie' assigned to apprentice with Spall.

All that good stuff said, I just wish this was deeper. It's dark, certainly, but there's a certain familiarity and
even glibness to it's manic attack on capitalism. Enjoyable, fun, sad, but it feels like inside this good movie
was a great one looking to get out.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any salesman 26 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Best line in film, 'And until you sign... I'm not leaving'. Timothy Spaal brings to live a sat but riveting character that lives in the greedy side of all of us. A must see film if you are a salesman or hate them. The writing is brilliant and there is a powerfull subplot which parallels the change in the economy in the late 90s. If you like powerfull gritty films with a huge dose of dark humor you will love this.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD in poor condition 14 Dec 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Unfortunately, the DVD was in very poor condition. It took a few tricks to start the film, and I had to miss the five first minutes.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly hysterical performance by Timothy Spall! 9 Jun 2004
By Art Snob - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I'll always have fond memories of this movie. I first saw it at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival, just 3 days after 9/11. You won't find a much tougher crowd for a comedic movie to premiere to than the one assembled for this particular screening, but such is the power of this film's dark humor that it was able to evoke convulsive laughter even from an audience this somber.
Danny Boyle, who soared with the British films SHALLOW GRAVE and TRAINSPOTTING, then fell on his face with the Hollywood duds A LIFE LESS ORDINARY and THE BEACH, got back in form with this effort, reborn of the freedom that digital technology affords today's daring (and invariably under-financed) filmmakers. He's obviously fascinated with the limitless possibilities for camera placement that the technology affords, embedding miniature cameras all over the sets to permit individual scenes to be viewed from a rapid-fire succession of perspectives. His editing and music skills, combined with stellar camerawork by noted dogme cameraman Anthony Dodd Mantle, results in a raw, exciting new `dogme-MTV' type of look ... a look that Boyle put to good use in his subsequent hit, 28 DAYS LATER.
But `look' alone cannot make a movie. You still need a script to work with, and Boyle is blessed here with an outstanding one from Jim Cartwright. The story is nothing less than a bold and brilliant comedic re-conceptualization of Arthur Miller's DEATH OF A SALESMAN for the digital age. And unlike Miller, Cartwright doesn't play coy with what the salesman is actually peddling -- you know right from the start that it's vacuum cleaners.
The `surrogate' character in this film is a likeable young slacker named Pete (Michael Begley) who loves dance music and has some mixing talent, but hasn't been able to carve out any kind of career in the music biz. His girlfriend has to perform strip-o-grams in order for them to make ends meet, and they both want out of this situation in the worst way. The girlfriend's plight gets especially humiliating one night when she performs at a retirement party for a vacuum cleaner salesman, and on a suggestion, Pete decides to pursue a career in this profession as a way out for both of them.
Enter the most blazing, mesmerizing, maniacal lead performance by an actor in many a moon. Pete is made an apprentice to star salesman Tommy Rag, played with incredible over-the-top intensity by veteran Timothy Spall. If there was an ABSOLUTE `best actor' award for the BEST performance, period, in a given year, Spall would have been my hands-down choice for 2001. He makes EVERY ruthless salesman in movie history (Kurt Russell in USED CARS, the gang from THE BOILER ROOM, etc.) look strictly `soft sell' by comparison. This is truly a performance for the ages ... ONE THAT NOBODY WITH A SALES JOB SHOULD MISS!
You may think that you've seen the `rookie paired with vet' thing done to death in the movies, both in dramatic and comedic contexts, but I can assure you that you've never seen anything even close to the `eye or the hurricane' variant that Boyle has come up with here. What he's managed to pack into little more than an hour's running time is astounding ... a fully realized comic tragedy of Shakespearean proportions that manages to be relentlessly and mercilessly funny.
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL SALESMEN MUST SEE THIS MOVIE 15 Mar 2014
By nathaniel burman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I first saw this when I was in my early 20's. As an aspiring electronic musician, I felt that I understood Pete's struggle. Tommy Rag seemed like a monster. Having had some experience in sales I had never seen anything like this. Tommy embodies the worst of all aspects of a salesman imaginable.

However, upon making it to may late twenties, I took a second glace at this movie. It was so different than I perceived it when I was younger. Now, Pete seemed like a slacker, a know-it-all who knows nothing and hates himself; a proper teenager. And, how Pete ruins Tommy's salesman competition win is just too much.

I find myself sympathizing for the devil I suppose, as Tommy Rag is anything but a good salesman. But he has a passion, a passion to win the sales contest. To make matters worse the internet in encroaching on the business he works for and salesmen are being let off. The end of the movie is epic, but I feel that Pete deserves worse than he got.

An amazing movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy movie 17 Feb 2014
By Duco de Klonia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I had seen it before, and loved it.
Your first day at a new job and having to work with the salesman from hell...
5.0 out of 5 stars A short surprise! 20 Nov 2013
By Donald C. Renfro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
At 76 minutes, I didn't hope for much in a full length movie, but what a surprise! I was mesmerized from beginning to end by the intensity of Timothy Spall's acting. He did an amaing job. He should have gotten an academy award nomination at least! He IS the movie. I didn't even mind the ending because I enjoyed his acting so much. Yes, "over the top" is quite right but really doesn't do justice to his performance.

I would recommend this movie just on his potrayal of this obsessed vacume cleaner salesman who doesn't just want to be No. 1 but has to be No. 1 at all costs.

He is funny while being deplorable, and even though you know he's wrong in his methods, in the end you want him to win because the very people denouncing him are actually worse.
4.0 out of 5 stars Danny Boyle's work is always worth watching 27 Aug 2013
By K. Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"Death of a Salesman" meets "Glengarry Glenn Ross" on acid, this portrait of the empty, horrible life of
door-to-door selling was made on the cheap in 20 days for the BBC. It has Boyle's characteristic energy,
and playful eye and a great, if occasionally over-the-top performance by Timothy Spall as a salesman
brilliant at his craft if without a shred or morality or self-worth left,. There's also a solid performance
by Michael Begley as the young `rookie' assigned to apprentice with Spall.

All that good stuff said, I just wish this was deeper. It's dark, certainly, but there's a certain familiarity and
even glibness to it's manic attack on capitalism. Enjoyable, fun, sad, but it feels like inside this good movie
was a great one looking to get out.
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