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4.0 out of 5 stars True Life Tale of Canada's little known Gangster and Folk Hero., 3 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Gangster [DVD] (DVD)
Originally called `Edwin Boyd' it was renamed `Citizen Gangster' for the American market and simply `Gangster' for the UK market, so identity crisis over, what is it like? Well it purports to be `based' on the true life story of Edwin Boyd who was a vet from World War II. On returning home he finds that far from being a land fit for heroes he is just a face in the crowd and is lucky to have a job driving buses. Then one day he helps a disabled vet both on and off his bus. These are the days when disabled people and especially wheelchair users should be not seen and not heard. At this point something gives and he ups and leaves his job.

Having a wife he brought home from England and two small children he has to bring home the bacon and so he sees if he can get a job acting; but is inevitably turned away. So in a desperate attempt to keep a roof over their heads he takes out his souvenir Lugar pistol, puts on some make up and holds up a bank - only with some panache. What follows is his story of how he goes ever deeper, forming his own gang along the way, until the inevitable climax.

I really enjoyed this film; the acting is all top notch especially Scott Speedman who plays Boyd. There is some great period detail, and the soundtrack is just right also. This did not have a big budget and was a Canadian production, well Boyd was Canadian after all. It runs to 105 minutes and uses all of those to great effect. The secret is that you actually care about these people and that has to be down to both the great acting and the great direction from Nathan Morlando who also wrote the screenplay he is also responsible for `Copper' in case you wanted to see more of his work. Whilst not action packed it has it where it needs it and has enough plot and tension to keep you interested till the very end, one I feel happy recommending.
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Initial post: 9 Jun 2014 17:56:07 BDT
Exkingzog says:
Good to see somebody else saw and enjoyed this film. It's kind of an 'art house' gangster film, restrained, character-driven and well photographed. Thank god they still make films like this.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2014 18:09:17 BDT
Tommy Dooley says:
Hi Exkingzog many thanks for the post and I totally agree - a film with a good story and well acted and done on a shoe string too - best wishes Tommy
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