The Limey 
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DVD Special Feature:
Isolated Music Score
Cast and Crew Interviews
Behind The Scenes Footage
Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Main Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English for the hard of hearing
Two icons of 60s cinema, Terence Stamp and Peter Fonda, go head-to-head in Steven Soderbergh's stylish reworking of the lone avenger theme. Stamp plays Wilson, an ageing Cockney villain newly out of jail, who arrives in Los Angeles to ask some awkward questions. His beloved daughter, mistress of powerful rock promoter Terry Valentine (Fonda), has died in a car crash; but Wilson's far from convinced it was an accident. With his gaunt, grim features and sparse white hair, Stamp's a dead ringer for the angel of death. Or maybe, as Soderbergh hints with some intricate flashback and flash-forward cutting, the whole story is a dying man's dream of vengeance. Echoes of Get Carter and Point Blank aren't far to seek. Though it's tense, gripping and often funny--Wilson's rhyming-slang dialogue bemuses every American he meets--The Limey is shot through with an aching sense of loss and wasted years. The final showdown between Wilson and Valentine feels like the epitaph of an era once rich in dreams. Some of the film's most poignant moments are its "flashbacks" to Wilson's younger days, which are actually clips from Ken Loach's 1967 movie Poor Cow, featuring the twentysomething Stamp, insolently and heart-breakingly beautiful. --Philip KempSee all Product description
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Old school British gangster Wilson (Terence Stamp) who spent more than half of his life in prison, travels to Los Angeles to investigate the death of his daughter Jenny, who supposedly died in a car accident. He suspects that Jenny's last boyfriend (or rather sugar daddy, as he was easily 30 years older than her) record producer Terry Valentine (Peter Fonda) had her killed. This film tells the story of his investigation and its consequences.
This film immediately reminded me of old 1971 classic "Get Carter" with Michael Caine - and in fact Steven Soderbegh wanted initially Caine to play the main role. Finally he had to settle for Terence Stamp and I think that actually did to this film a great deal of good, as Stamp offers here a STELLAR performance! The atmosphere of the film is however very "getcarterish", even if Los Angeles in Year of Grace 1999, even in its least glamorous parts looks definitely less gritty and more cheerful than Newcastle 1971 AD.
The character of Wilson (we never learn his first name) is different than that of Jack Carter. Here the gangster is older and speaks differently, frequently using a very colourful slang and his sense of humor is also quite different. Both men however are cold, ruthless career criminals, seemingly calm on the surface but boiling with rage inside, launched on a personal crusade against those who did them wrong and anybody who stands between them and their vengeance.
As I already said, the few films by Steven Soderbegh I ever saw, I usually didn't like them a lot. I hated "Solaris" and "Traffic", "Ocean's Eleven" bored me almost to death and even if I found "Erin Brokovitch" and "Contagion" watchable I do not intend to see them ever again. And let's not even talk about his hagiography of Saint Che Guevara, co-creator of the vicious Cuban tyranny and brutal murderer of thousands... This film however I found better than others and I especially liked the quite unique technique of narration, in which the story is told simultaneously in a way linear and not linear, when in the same time keeping things clear and logical - this is quite an achievement!
The one thing that prevents me from giving it five stars is the very ending, like the last minute of the film. I couldn't understand this thing very well - either the director decided to hide the whole solution of the film and deprive us of a real ending, or Wilson simply did all of this (including the killings) strictly for nothing... Maybe you will have better luck figuring this out.
So bottom line, this is a good, solid, artistically very interesting gangster film, with just one big black spot in its final minute. The latter thing notwithstanding, I will keep my DVD for a possible re-watch.
Love the East London accent Terence Stamp gives in his performance and the clips from his earlier work showing Stamp as a younger actor.