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  • Actors: Martin Compston, Patrick Bergin, Steven Borrie, Chris Cowlin, Simon DeSilva
  • Directors: Ray Burdis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Metrodome Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 8 July 2013
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CMSPJ9U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,815 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Crime drama based on the life of Scottish gangster Paul Ferris. Martin Compston stars as Ferris, who was brought up on Glasgow's notorious Black Hill estate in the 1960s. As a young man Ferris starts out working for two rival gang bosses, The Godfather and The Snake, but after a brutal betrayal he decides to go it alone. Carving out a dangerous and bloody career defined by violence, corruption and murder, Paul 'The Wee Man' Ferris ends up becoming the most feared man in Glasgow.

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Ray Burdis has been an entertaining talent to British audiences since the 1970's others may remember him from spoof cop series `Operation Good Guys' or even the excellent film `Love, honour and obey'; either way he also directs and writes. This is his take on the auto biography of Paul Ferris the notorious gangster from Glasgow. Ferris is played by Martin Compston (`Sweet Sixteen', `Sister' and `Strippers vs Werewolves' - cant win em all) and as ever he really delivers.

The film takes us back to Ferris' early days and the Glasgow of the 1970's when he was picked on by the Welshes for supporting the wrong team and as a result he claimed he developed debilitating psoriasis (in his book). His father tells him to be a lion and never a lamb and after being pushed too far he becomes just like them. Only a lot more violent. Thus begins his life of crime and violence.

He gets sent to a detention centre and after a few more run ins at the age of just nineteen the local heavy Arthur Thompson ( locally called `The Godfather') takes him on as an `enforcer' and he takes to it like a duck to water, quite a lot of `water' to be honest. Thompson is played by Patrick Bergin who always does great character roles and never really gets the recognition he deserves, still I digress. This then takes us on a spiral of violence that ultimately has to get out of control for all concerned.

So is it any good? Well it depends on the knowledge of the viewer; as a film it is good but as a piece of fact based historical drama then there are many who say it about as accurate as that American film that found the enigma machine on a U Boat. The accents go from brilliant Glaswegian to a bit Edinburghish, which I am fine with and at least they are all Scottish.
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I was concerned that The Wee Man would be really horrific & although there was lots of violence, it wasn't dwelt on too much. The language was not quite as bad as I feared, especially for Glasgow. I thought the film could have been longer & more fluent, it seemed rather to be a series of incidents put together. Martin Compston made you sympathetic to the main character & perhaps he was the most honourable of the gangsters, as borne out by his getting out & going straight. Entertaining without glorifying violence. Pity it didn't get general realease in England.
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I only purchased this film because a friend of mine was one of the actors (the police man who planted the drugs).

I have to say it was a great watch, but definitely not one to watch with the children - in fact I've only watched it on my own, as I don't think it's quite my wife's sort of film either.

I had wanted to watch this at the cinema, but it was only released in Leicester Square and across Scotland.

If you haven't watched it yet, I would recommend it.
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Oct. 2013
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The child is father to the man; and this film firmly centres the hero-gangster in his early childhood bullied by local neds. His reaction to this, and the results that follow are grafted on to gang warfare in Glasgow both within and between different groupings. The lead actor does a good job of looking convincingly dangerous without being a six footer and the general standard of acting is very good indeed. You'll need to be able to follow Taggart-level Scots accents though, but the ear soon adjusts. Given its background in actual events (erring on caution rather than gore for once) it was all the more effective.
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Notwithstanding that the film is pretty poor and comes over as spin for a celebrity criminal, the Playback quality of the actual DVD is pretty poor and with the soundtrack constantly varying. All in all a disappointment.
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I had looked forward to this title being released on DVD for some time, but it did not meet the hype. It says it's based on a true story but a lot of 'licence' has clearly gone into it. The scene where Arthur Thompson's car is blown up being a case in point, as this actually happened in the 1960's! Also, during the closing scenes the funeral cortege stops outside a specific pub when history tells us it was another pub altogether.

As for the actors Martin Compston as Paul Ferris is good, as is Stephen McCole as 'Junior' Thompson. The best for me though is Denis Lawson as Paul Ferris's Father. The worst has to be Patrick Bergin as Arthur Thompson. Bergin is a fine actor, but he simply can't disguise his Irish accent. Would it have been beyond the makers to find a suitable Scottish actor to play the part, or at least an actor who could maintain a credible Scottish accent? As for John Hannah, he should stick to playing nice guys.
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A young lad grows up on the streets of Glasgow and sure enough, soon turns into the thing that he hates and fears the most; a career criminal and vicious gangster. There, his life becomes a series of violent escapades, both in and out of prison, as loyalties are betrayed and power and greed take their toll...

I really quite enjoyed this, I had no expectations, nor did I know anything about the title character or the allegedly true events depicted. So whether these are true to form or not, I am not the best person to pass judgement. The acting is very good for a relatively small budgeted production and apart from the rather heavy handed use of stark and bleak photography to set the grim stage, it is a very entertaining little film. The acting is very good from all concerned and the violence is uncompromising and frequent, without falling into the trap of becoming exploitative or gratuitous. There is humour but not in the laddish vein of say 'Lock Stock..'. In fact, if you start to think more so along the lines of the output of John Mackenzie, you wont be far off.
The dvd looks how one would expect it to being a new film.
4.25/5. Recommended.
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