The Wee Man [DVD]
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
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I haven't managed to play it yet. Reset my computer to play zone 2 and no volume.Published 4 months ago by C. D. Larsen
Good film big Stephen McCole is sum laugh as fat boy Thompson.Published 5 months ago by Jimmy Ringburn