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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A well made and thought-provoking documentary.
Published 9 months ago by Lizzie_9425

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit desperate
Dominic Noonan cuts a bit of a sad figure in this film. His brother Dessie Noonan was a proper hard case, but Dominic just looks like someone who's trying too hard to be like his brother. He's too likeable as well, whereas Dessie is genuinely intimidating. Donal McIntyre battles desperately to make Dominic look hard, but in the end all the carefully cut footage of Dom's...
Published on 20 Nov. 2009 by Griffo


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit desperate, 20 Nov. 2009
This review is from: A Very British Gangster - The Rise And Fall Of A Crime Boss [DVD] (DVD)
Dominic Noonan cuts a bit of a sad figure in this film. His brother Dessie Noonan was a proper hard case, but Dominic just looks like someone who's trying too hard to be like his brother. He's too likeable as well, whereas Dessie is genuinely intimidating. Donal McIntyre battles desperately to make Dominic look hard, but in the end all the carefully cut footage of Dom's chav cronies posturing and squaring up to each other ends up looking like kids from a youth club disco who've had too many alcopops.

It's a good documentary if you want to see someone trying too hard to make a name for themselves (Noonan and McIntyre both), but with the death of Dessie Noonan, any real gangster would probably teach Dominic a bit of a lesson. Driving around sink estates in a 'P' reg white Volvo is not exactly the Krays.

Best quote: Donal McIntye to Dominic Noonan: "I can't help feeling there's something about you that's a bit 'lavender'". In other words, you're gay aren't you? (another world exclusine Donal!)

Rent it, rather than buying.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A very little British gangster., 5 April 2012
This review is from: A Very British Gangster - The Rise And Fall Of A Crime Boss [DVD] (DVD)
In this mockumentary we see little Britain star Matt Lucas take on the role of "Dom Noonan", while Lucas tries hard to come across as a "hard man gangland boss" he fails to keep his comedic, slapstick trademark acting at bay. The story is set in Manchester, with Noonan (Matt Lucas)and his gang of boyscouts being followed around by a camera crew.

Not much really happens, Noonan (Lucas) talks a lot about how hard he is, and stares into the camera menacingly, but instead looks more like a boiled egg with a face drawn on it.

Not as good as Little Britain.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor rubbish, 25 Aug. 2008
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E. Mitchell "Question Mark" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Very British Gangster - The Rise And Fall Of A Crime Boss [DVD] (DVD)
Well obviosuly this chap is not a very succesful gangster as he spends most of his time in prison. The product does not live up to the hype. Real gangsters woudl turn in their graves at this rubbish. Its note worthy that the people appearing in the film are all 18 year old wannabe hard men. No self respecting hard man would go within a mile of this rubbish. Save your money dont buy this garbage.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a convincing gangster documentary!!, 17 Feb. 2010
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The film follows Dominic Noonan, purportedly one of Manchester's prominent gangsters, and his cronies on the streets of Manchester. Noonan comes across more like a 'gangster' who is living off the family's name and the fear that might bring rather than being a gangster in the true sense of the word (whether he really is or not is another matter). This is especially enhanced by the fact that he hangs around with a posse of teenage wannabe hardmen who follow him around like so many ants! McIntyre could have done a documentary on more colourful and 'exciting' gangsters - watch this only if you have nothing better to do!
On the plus side (and probably it's only plus side) is that it's a pretty good portrayal of the downward spiral of the 'disadvantaged'/thug community in the ghetto areas of cities like Manchester from an early age, with all the bad influences and lack of better opportunities that exist in such communities that lead to a very limited, and often violent, way of living.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor documentary, 2 Aug. 2011
This review is from: A Very British Gangster - The Rise And Fall Of A Crime Boss [DVD] (DVD)
Another hilarious 'documentary' from Donal (superstar Journalist) and his latest topic - Gangster Dom Noonan from Manchester.
Donal hints that Noonan may have a penchant for men "in touch with your lavender side".

This award winning 'documentary' is an unintentional hoot with Donal (looking cool- sunglasses great hair style.. etc) following gangster Dom Noonan (drives an old Volvo) around Manchester with his gang of wannabe teenage gangsters. Scary ganster Dom spent over twenty years in prison. Nice life.

Great line - "I can't help feeling there's something that's a bit lavender about you Dominic"

Watch out John Pilger, here comes Donal MacIntyre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 10 July 2014
A well made and thought-provoking documentary.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the purchase, 9 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: A Very British Gangster - The Rise And Fall Of A Crime Boss [DVD] (DVD)
I bought this item as i was preparing for a dull Saturday afternoon, doing nothing but watching TV and DVDs.
I'm very curious about gangsters, most especially the glamourous lives which some of them lead(think Italian mob in New York).
This documentary is nothing like what i expected to be. Basically, after an hour of sitting through it, i started to fiddle around with boredome. There is nothing in this guy's life that's going for him. A gangster driving a volvo? living in a council house with 10 underage kids (that's his crew by the way)? cheap suits etc... I'm sure there are plenty of real gangsters, 100 times more dangerous than this Noonan guy. I just went on with the plot because i had nothing to do really. The only good thing about this docu is its title.
Big disappointment.
Get Cocaine Cowboys instead (think Scarface, Miami Vice (the series), Blow) now that was fantastically entertaining!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 25 Nov. 2014
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Decent documentry on a well known fella delivery was quick
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome and true., 25 Jan. 2015
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stephen brown (Newcastle Upon Tyne) - See all my reviews
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very gritty and true real life.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the negative reviews - this is documentary film-making at its best!, 11 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: A Very British Gangster - The Rise And Fall Of A Crime Boss [DVD] (DVD)
I really don't understand why this seems to have attracted so many less than favourable reviews. Perhaps it says more about the reviewers than the product itself, as this is one of the best documentaries/films I've ever seen.

Dominic Nooonan may not live in a mansion and drive around in sports cars, and maybe he does surround himself with young wannabees, but this is real life in Manchester and not a Martin Scorsese film. In any event, Donal MacIntyre captures it all perfectly, warts and all, delivering an outstanding piece of investigative journalism and offering a fascinating insight into a world most of us would fear to enter.

This is, however, no ordinary documentary, and in addition to the utterly gripping content this also stands as a truly fine piece of film-making, including an amazing, and sometimes quite moving, soundtrack.

I would highly recommend this to anybody who appreciates cutting-edge investigative journalism and high quality film-making, and who is keen to catch a glimpse of life on the criminal fringes of society.
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