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Down Terrace 2009

3.4 out of 5 stars (79) IMDb 6.5/10

This engrossing British gangster movie is set in a suburban house where shiftless dope dealers Karl and his paranoid dad are facing trouble with the law and a snitch in their midst. The matriarch, avuncular neighbour and Irish thug are asked to explain their actions, leading to rows and lots of bloodshed!

Starring:
Robin Hill, Robert Hill
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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Genres Drama, Crime
Director Ben Wheatley
Starring Robin Hill, Robert Hill
Supporting actors Julia Deakin, David Schaal, Kerry Peacock, Tony Way, Mark Kempner, Michael Smiley, Gareth Tunley, Kali Peacock, Kitty Blue, Luke Hartney, Simon Smith, Paul George, Simon Walker, Janet Hill, Sara Dee
Studio Metrodome
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Just so funny. Absolutely wonderful film. It feels like they're making it up as they go along and can barely keep straight faces. Nor could we - though it helped that we came to this film expecting it to be depressing and with lots of horrible characters all acting like "geezers". It's delicious as you slowly realise that this film is nothing like that. The music is beautiful and kicks in at all the right places. The acting is perfect. This isn't just another crap British gangster film. Though it's very different in tone (and expense), I'd put it up there with The Long Good Friday and Get Carter as one of the three greatest UK gangster films ever. I don't know which of the actors are the amateurs, but if Garvey and Eric and Valda are among them they should be off to Hollywood right this minute. Everyone's brilliant. The guy who was George's friend in Bleak House. The real-life father and son. Maggie. Could go on. This is only about the third time I've ever felt so strongly in love with a film to write ravings like this on Amazon. God, if only Britain made more films like this. Or even just another one.
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The best British Isles film since Dead Man's Shoes. And like the aforementioned masterpiece, this is powerful drama with disturbing violence aided by natural ad-lib dialogue and 'everyday' characters, making it all the more convincing, real and in-your-face a portrayal of otherwise normal (or not) human beings who are also gangsters.

It rivals The Sopranos on that point, its strength being its ability to make the viewer sometimes empathise with the characters' familiar everyday problems, even though we know they are paranoid-psychotic sociopaths. It also has that series' charm and brutally graphic elements.

All laced with top-notch black comedy, filmed with innovative editing and camera work. The film will charm you from the off, it will even humour you. Then it will drag you into the dirty psychological dog-eat-dog darkness of both the criminal underground and the human mind, as paranoia takes hold and events run out of control. Great stuff!
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DOWN TERRACE is a real treat: An understated British gangster flick mixing hilarious dysfunctional family drama with pitch-black crime movie brutality. Before discussing content, it must be noted that the accompanying music track is ridiculously amazing. The fact that no soundtrack recording has been released saddens more than the ultra-grim tale itself. When Bob Hill's character strums his acoustic to a hearty rendition of "Spanish Ladies," for a moment, you think he's a nice guy. For a moment. Starring a real-life father and son, DT will make you feel better about any minor grievance within the family unit. Actually, "Dysfunctional" is too kind a description for directly to HELL is where these folks are a-goin'.

Our story begins with Bill and Karl just released from a brief jail detention. A jolly welcome home party ensues, but it's easy to tell that darkness is fast approaching. Apparently, Bill and Karl run a nightclub, but only as a cover for their underworld crime syndicate division. The old reliable "Snitch In Our Midst" plot device is revealed to be the reason for the jail time. As our anti-heroes seek the traitor, you will not believe the behavior on display.

Violent yet minimally bloody, DOWN TERRACE could be the quietest Hooligan cinema ever imagined. The emotional wallop, however, will leave you knackered.
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Oct. 2010
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This is undoubtedly a British gangster film and yes it does involve a family in the illegal drugs business and there is a grass (or maybe more than one), but this is not Lock Stock Land but rather more like a Mike Leigh improvisation. Set in Brighton it alternates mundane observations of life with sudden violence. It is both funny and sad (very sad at times). I found it very good indeed but be warned before you watch that it is not Vinny Jones or Ian MacShane territory.
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I saw this film at the ICA and it's the best film I've seen in a long time. Highly entertaining with very dry humour and yet disarming and shocking.
The acting is superb and, amazingly, two of the main charecters are not professional actors. I hope there is a lot more to come from the films very talented director Ben Wheatley
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I absolutely loved this movie and it has completely changed my attitude to British films. Here is a movie that is neither formulaic or cliched. The characters are brilliant, funny, likeable and very down to earth. Robin Hill and his real life Dad Robert Hill are fabulous and their performances are outstanding and they aren't even professional actors. The musical interludes where Karls Dad plays folk songs and the scene where his mum sings to him are really powerful moments that brings something special to the film. There are some very funny moments too. This film just feels so special, particularly knowing that it was shot for a couple of grand, contains most of Robin Hill's family and friends and was filmed in the house that he grew up in. I'll take this over a hollywood blockbuster any day.
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This is not a good film. The acting is appalling! How this film has gotten the positive reviews it has is beyond me. I watched this with my son expecting a gritty gangster film, instead we were subjected to a Channel 5 reject. There's low-budget and there's low-budget, it's filmed entirely in a living room. I don't suppose any funding was ploughed into this at all. Don't waste your time it's atrocious! Ignore reviews saying this is brilliant because it's not. It's woeful rubbish.
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