Wild Bill 2012

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Out on parole after 8 years inside, Bill Hayward returns home to find his now 11 and 15-year old sons abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves.

Starring:
Charlie Creed-Miles,Will Poulter
Runtime:
1 hour, 38 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Dexter Fletcher
Starring Charlie Creed-Miles, Will Poulter
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kevin O'Brien on 24 July 2012
Format: DVD
The film is outstanding. Charlie Creed-Miles plays an ex-con trying to establish a relationship with his two sons. Will Poulter is his eldest at sixteen who is reluctant to form any bond. He is trying to go straight and provide for his new family. Of course it doesn't go to plan. Some of the scenes are very funny especially the end fight scene were we find out why he is called Wild Bill, this had me howling. There are solid performances by all the cast especially the two mentioned and also excellent cameo's from Andy Serkis and Mark Warren.

By far the best film of 2012.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 July 2012
Format: DVD
Wild Bill is the directorial debut of Dexter Fletcher (Soap from Lock, Stock) featuring Charlie Creed-Miles (Harry Brown) as Bill. Reformed, he returns home to his flat in a council tower-block after 8 years inside; Bill finds his 15 year-old & 11 year-old sons Dean (Will Poulter - Son Of Rambow) and Jimmy (Sammy Williams) alone. Abandoned by their mother who has fled to Spain with her lover, the boys have been looking after themselves for a while. Bill, initially keen to leave them to it, is dragged into looking after them by social-services and the details of his parole. But when 'old-friends' rear their head and implicate Jimmy, will Bill have to revert back to his Wild self to extricate his newly-found family from this mess?

A quality film from top-to-bottom; this is a genuinely warming film about family & the role a father plays to his children. We see the metaphoric & literal change in Bill as he starts providing for & defending his family despite having never known it himself. All of the cast provide excellent performances, especially the kids who have such a large percentage of screen-time and all of the villains are played by recognisable characters from the UK cinema scene (notably Neil Maskell from Football Factory).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RickAnne on 11 Mar. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Wild Bill is a fantastic film by first time director Dexter Fletcher. The story tells of 'Wild' Bill coming out of prison & attempting to connect with his two boys after 'a leave of absence'. The film runs like a classic Western, & it works very well. The cast is top rate & fans of the British film Industry will most definatley recognise all the familiar faces onboard. Wild Bill, just works, & there are times I felt I was watching a slice of kitchen sink drama as well. Fans of Britsh Cinema will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By explorer on 23 April 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I really liked this film. It has a simple story, small cast, but the characters are meaningful and the atmosphere and script seemed authentic and genuine. The film feels like it has been made with love. I liked the idea of the estate being in the shadow of the Olympic stadium as this gave a sociopolitical dimension to the context. I thought some of these messages about inequality were quite subtle but created further empathy with the situation on the estate. The beginning of the film seemed a little formulaic in its approach to introducing the characters to the viewer, however, there were surprises to some characters which detracted from stereotypes. Without spoiling anything...there is an awesome fight scene.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack Redburn. on 30 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
Dexter Fletcher may have slipped up on his directorial debut,he has set the bar so high for himself,he will struggle to attain such heights in the future!.He made the decision to step away from the stereotypical British gangster movie and instead gave us a film about people trying to do the right thing when everything is going wrong around them.
Charlie Creed-Miles gives the performance of a lifetime and Will Poulter is superb as the son trying to hold things together.There are some great cameos but these add to,not overshadow,the central performances.
The final scenes culminate into a brilliant finale,and Fletcher keeps the excitement and pace right until the end.
Quite simply it is British cinema at the top of it's game,a great film...see it as soon as you get the chance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C.Elder on 23 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD
Set in the white underclass in the UK, which lives on welfare and criminal endeavour,occupying council estates,and preying on its residents, this film tells the story of a father coming out of a long stint in prison to find his sons not only have grown up without him, but have had to fend for themselves as their mother is long gone with another boyfriend.The 2 boys resent him, and his presence as he contributes nothing and they have little enough themselves as they conceal their parentless status from the socal services in order to avoid being taken into care.
The father who has led an irresponsible life gradually realises that just being a biological father counts for nothing with the 2 boys.Prodded by social services who think the boys will be better off in care anyway, he starts to take on the responsibility of being a father. It is really excellent acting to see the inch by inch small improvements he tackles, and the impact of this on the boys,as they stumble towards some kind of coming together.However the background of criminality is constantly a threat and rears its ugly head continuously and disruptively.The father realises that he has to "save" his sons from a life such as he has lived until then.Uneducated and limited, he does what he does best even if it may be his undoing ultimately,and places himself between his boys and the criminals seeking to exploit them. This is a gem of a film.
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