- Format: Multiple Formats, Colour, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 3 Feb. 2009
- Run Time: 86 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B001LMAK7E
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,403 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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An early Frears film, it is well crafted with plenty of his slightly angled way of looking at things. The direction is lively as you'd expect, the scenes are sharp and always vying for your attention. The idea was to parody a few things at once. First, it is a very respectful parody of a typical Ray Chandler adaption. So the plot is deliberately complicated and almost impossible to follow. I still can't quite work it out, but realised years ago that I wasn't really meant to.
Second, it is a slightly less respectful parody of people from Liverpool, yes scousers, though this is mainly a background element because the film happens to be set there. It is a sort of filmic joke, saying 'Liverpool isn't quite L.A. is it' ( L.A. being the Capital City of Noir). A very smart Neville Smith (a scouser) script packs in alot of wit and social comment around the central plot, and he plays a cameo, as the gun seller to Eddie 'Gumshoe'.
The film works surprisingly well as a homage to film noir that is set squarely in its own time (early 70s) in down-at-heel Liverpool. The script by scouser Neville Smith perfectly captures the spirit of Liverpool and even Finney's Salford accent (from all of 30 miles away) doesn't seem too out of place. It was also a very assured debut for Frears as director, he gets great performances from the cast and creates a nice sleezy, downbeat atmosphere throughout the film.
Finney excels and his cod American accent (ironic considering most of his recent roles) is well suited to the pithy, acerbic humour of the one-liners that are littered throughout this short (80 minutes) but perfectly formed film. Fulton Mackay (of Porridge fame) gives a great turn as a menacing rival detective and there are also appearances by Carolyn Seymour (Survivors), Maureen Lipman and even Wendy Richards.
The labyrinthine plot, cracking dialogue and authentic settings combine to make this a true period piece which is well worth re-watching today.
Apart from Finney, here is a strong supporting cast, none of whom put a foot long, with not one dud performance amongst them. Some pastiche music from Andrew Lloyd Webber completes the picture.
A very entertaining film. What does puzzle me is how Sony's recent DVD release seems to be in such small numbers, and as such the film seems to be in short supply. Why, Sony?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The star of this DVD is the English actor Albert Finney in one of his first films in this film he is a journalist working for a small paper then one day he is given a lot of money... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A weird film, full of odd accents which makes the dialogue hard to understand.Published 4 months ago by Alan T
Great location shots and a good yarn, despite being slightly datedPublished 7 months ago by M.Wright
A bit of an odd film in as much as AF is speaking like an old 40's film sleuth (Humphrey Bogard) some of the time with that dodgy dialogue and the next minute speaking with a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by EAP of B
This is a 'hidden gem' of British cinema - set in a rather shabby early 1970s Liverpool - which tells the story of a Raymond Chandler-loving working men's club compere and sometime... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Andy Lockett
Finney is always watchable, and this was fairly good value at around three pounds. The CLASSIC BRITISH label almost never disappoints.Published 14 months ago by Suzy Geeson