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All Or Nothing

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After a rather decided departure with his 1999 homage to Gilbert and Sullivan, Topsy-Turvy, Mike Leigh returns to his usual form for All or Nothing, a melancholy look at the day-to-day lives of a dysfunctional lower-middle class British family called the Bassetts. Timothy Spall and Lesley Manville familiar to fans of Leigh's previous films star as Phil and Penny, a common-law husband and wife who toil their gloomy days away as a cab-driver and grocery-store cashier, respectively. When the couple come to realize ...
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After a rather decided departure with his 1999 homage to Gilbert and Sullivan, Topsy-Turvy, Mike Leigh returns to his usual form for All or Nothing, a melancholy look at the day-to-day lives of a dysfunctional lower-middle class British family called the Bassetts. Timothy Spall and Lesley Manville familiar to fans of Leigh's previous films star as Phil and Penny, a common-law husband and wife who toil their gloomy days away as a cab-driver and grocery-store cashier, respectively. When the couple come to realize the growing emptiness in their relationship, an unexpected emergency within their family brings them closer together and offers the possibility of reigniting the long-extinguished spark in their marriage. Hoping to repeat the Palm D'or win of Leigh's 1996 film Secrets and Lies, All or Nothing was screened in competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The carefully observed sufferings of a working-class London family are brilliantly portrayed in All or Nothing, another bleakly powerful drama from writer-director Mike Leigh. With a typical bare-bones plot, the story follows an ensemble of quietly desperate working-class Brits: a mild-mannered taxi driver Timothy Spall; his unhappy wife Lesley Manville; and their overweight children James Corden and Alison Garland. Returning to form after the departure of Topsy Turvy, Leigh here exhibits his genius for finding dignity and importance in a miserable day-to-day existence. The director's technique of improvising with actors during the scripting process unlocks subtleties of characterization rarely seen on screen and, as a result, these characters live and breathe. At the center is regular Leigh collaborator Spall, whose portrayal of a long-suffering and decent man is riveting. It's comparable to his performance in Leigh's widely acclaimed Secrets and Lies, and All or Nothing has much in common with that masterpiece, moving similarly toward a powerful catharsis at the end. Ultimately, the film finds Leigh at the height of his powers, looking through the pain and indignity of the human condition to find the treads of decency and love within us all.
All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
A stately drama of working-class British lives, Mike Leigh's All or Nothing paints the quiet longing of its characters with such understatement and impassivity that audiences can project anything from faint hope to utter despair onto the canvas. Like Naked, the director's brutal 1993 black comedy, the film sometimes seems to dare viewers to keep their eyes open. Leigh is so intent on depicting the stuff of humanity without prettification that his characters' raw emotions and even their gloriously flawed faces and bodies sometimes seem too fearsome to continue watching. Timothy Spall, a Leigh regular with an increasingly prestigious resumé of other collaborations, leads a uniformly fine cast that also includes the terrific Ruth Sheen and the quietly powerful Lesley Manville -- all actors whose everyday humanity invests their performances with dignity and authority. Composer Andrew Dickson's omnipresent cellos seem to signal a gloomy outcome for their characters, but the film's many workaday epiphanies point to a richer mixture of optimism and regret. The joyful moments are uniformly small and potent: the satisfaction on a woman's careworn face as she belts out a karaoke tune, the thrill of newfound sexual power that lights up an adolescent beauty, the curious understanding between a sad-sack cab driver and a haughty matron, and the anxious solidarity of a family gathered around a sickbed. Despite its hospital-room climax, All or Nothing lacks the crowd-pleasing melodrama of Secrets & Lies, Leigh's 1996 American breakthrough. Nonetheless, the film is almost absurdly representative of the director's distinctive body of work. It may not convince naysayers to join Leigh's extensive fan club, but it offers plenty of quiet power for those who've already joined the fold.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2003
  • UPC: 027616882752
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Timothy Spall Phil Bassett
Lesley Manville Penny Bassett
Alison Garland Rachel Bassett
James Corden Rory Bassett
Ruth Sheen Maureen
Marion Bailey Carol
Paul Jesson Ron
Kathryn Hunter Cecile
Sally Hawkins Samantha
Helen Coker Donna
Daniel Mays Jason
Ben Crompton Craig
Robert Wilfort Dr. Griffiths
Garry McDonald Neville
Diveen Henry Dinah
Sam Kelly Sid
Harry J. Lennix Jackson
Heather Craney Silent Passenger
Jean Ainslie old lady
Buddy Uzzaman passenger
Parvez Qadir passenger
Russell Mabey nutter
Thomas Brown-Lowe small boys
Oliver Golding small boys
Henri McCarthy small boys
Ben Wattley small boys
Leo Bill young man
Peter Stockbridge man with flowers
Brian Bovell garage owner
Timothy Bateson Harold
Michele Austin care worker
Alex Kelly neurotic woman
Alan Williams drunk
Peter Yardley MC
Dawn Davis singer
Emma Lowndes party girls
Maxine Peake party girls
Matt Bardock men at bar
Mark Benton men at bar
Dorothy Atkinson silent passenger
Martin Savage silent passengers
Joe Tucker fare dodger
Edna Doré Martha
Georgia Fitch Ange
Tracy O'Flaherty Michelle
Di Botcher supervisor
Valerie Hunkins nurse
Daniel Ryan crash driver
John Coleman Conductor
Technical Credits
Mike Leigh Director, Screenwriter
Christine Blundell Makeup
Lucy Bristow Camera Operator
Lyndsay Bullock Asst. Director
Kirstin Chalmers Makeup
Simon Channing-Williams Producer
Andrew Dickson Score Composer
Jacqueline Durran Costumes/Costume Designer
Pierre Edelman Executive Producer
Peter Gleaves Sound Mixer
Nina Gold Casting
Daniel John Asst. Director
Step Parikian Musical Direction/Supervision
Dick Pope Camera Operator
Tom Read Art Director
Michael Redfern Editor
Josh Robertson Asst. Director
Alain Sarde Producer
John Sheehan Asst. Director
Eve Stewart Production Designer
Hannah Titley Asst. Director
Lesley Walker Editor
Lesa Warrener Makeup
Lucy Whitton Asst. Director
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