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Dead Man's Shoes

Dead Man's Shoes

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Director: Shane Meadows, Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell

Cast: Shane Meadows, Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell

Richard (Paddy Considine of In America) returns to the rural region of Derbyshire, where he grew up, after seven years in the military. His mentally challenged brother, Anthony (newcomer Toby Kebbell), tags along. Something awful has happened to Anthony, and Richard means to set things right. Richard angrily confronts Herbie (Stuart Wolfenden), a small-time


Richard (Paddy Considine of In America) returns to the rural region of Derbyshire, where he grew up, after seven years in the military. His mentally challenged brother, Anthony (newcomer Toby Kebbell), tags along. Something awful has happened to Anthony, and Richard means to set things right. Richard angrily confronts Herbie (Stuart Wolfenden), a small-time drug dealer, in the local pub, then creepily apologizes to him a few minutes later outside. Herbie runs to his mates and tells them what happened, but before they have a chance to respond, they find that they're targets. Richard starts out with relatively harmless pranks, vandalizing their houses and painting their faces while they're asleep. Sonny (former boxer Gary Stretch), the gang's bullying leader, confronts Richard on the street, but Richard refuses to back down. Sonny's ragtag crew are ill equipped to respond to Richard's ruthless military tactics. As Richard inexorably goes about his business, and the bodies begin to pile up, we learn, through flashbacks, what happened to Anthony. Dead Man's Shoes was directed by Shane Meadows (Once Upon a Time in the Midlands), who co-wrote the script with Considine. The film had its U.S. premiere at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.

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All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Director Shane Meadows, whose working-class dramas have always had an air of good humor, takes a dark turn with the absorbing revenge drama Dead Man's Shoes. Anchored by the grimly hypnotic lead performance of Paddy Considine (who co-wrote the script with his longtime friend Meadows), the film bears a passing resemblance to Mike Hodges' recent I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, with a tough, stoic older brother (Considine as Richard) returning from the wilderness to avenge a grievous wrong done to his good-natured younger brother (Toby Kebbell in a well-modulated, affecting performance as the mentally impaired Anthony). But Meadows' film is richer and more resonant than Hodges' in what it says about the nature of violence and vengeance. For one thing, Richard's victims are examined hanging out at length, and, aside from the menacing Sonny (Gary Stretch), they have a goofy stoner bonhomie that distinguishes them as people, not villains. Stupid, obnoxious people, perhaps, but wholly human. There's an improvisatory feel to these scenes, and they seem refreshingly drawn from life experience. Unlike Malcolm McDowell's sneering, tuxedoed creep in I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, these aren't hateful characters, and you can understand how Anthony would be drawn to their company. Meadows gets the visuals just right, using stark, simple images to tell what is essentially a stark, simple truth. But it's hard to imagine the film without Considine's amazing work. Considine is generally a likeable presence, and his Richard is identifiably soulful and remorseful as he goes inexorably about his grim task, but we never doubt his resolve. There are a few moments when the film feels a bit programmatic. Richard's soldierly expertise occasionally strains credulity, and the film lurches uneasily into the Halloween realm. But Considine's gripping performance rings true throughout.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with Shane Meadows, Paddy Considine and Mark Herbert; In Shane's Shoes featurette; Deleted scenes; Alternate ending

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paddy Considine Richard
Gary Stretch Sonny
Toby Kebbell Anthony
Stuart Wolfenden Herbie
Neil Bell Soz
Paul Sadot Tuff
Jo Hartley Jo
Seamus O'Neill Big Al
Paul Hurstfield Mark
Emily Aston Patti
George Newton Gypsy John
Craig Considine Craig
Matt Considine Matt
Andrew Shim Elvis

Technical Credits
Shane Meadows Director,Screenwriter
Steve Beckett Executive Producer
Peter Carlton Executive Producer
Will Clarke Executive Producer
Daniel Cohen Cinematographer
Paddy Considine Screenwriter
Carole Crane Casting
James Feltham Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Fraser Screenwriter
Ada Gay Griffin Asst. Director
Nigel Haeth Sound/Sound Designer
Celia Haining Editor
Stephan Haywood Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Herbert Producer
Louise Knight Co-producer
Arvo Pärt Score Composer
Lucas Roche Editor
Tessa Ross Executive Producer
Adam Tomlinson Art Director
Chris Wyatt Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dead Man's Shoes
1. Side by Side [4:27]
2. Redemption [5:55]
3. Antony's Brother [4:02]
4. Monster [5:35]
5. Super Duper Dose [5:04]
6. Mystery Prize [4:00]
7. Where's the Girl? [2:25]
8. The Confrontation [4:56]
9. One Down [3:57]
10. The Middle of Nowhere [6:47]
11. An Unpleasant Surprise [4:33]
12. Out of it [2:51]
13. "Are You the Devil?" [2:12]
14. Look Inside [6:10]
15. An Old Friend [4:28]
16. The Devil's House [7:40]
17. Dead Man Walking [2:17]
18. The Last One [3:33]
19. The Beast [2:46]
20. Red Handed [6:15]


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Dead Man's Shoes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Dead Man's Shoes" starts as an ordinary revenge flick. Its only zest, as I thought in twenty minutes after the beginning, was that the action takes place in a little suburban English town, and that adds a little coloring to the commonplace theme. And just how great it is when films don't fit your expectations, and I mean when they end up being much deeper and thoughtful than you could ever imagine. The subject of revenge has a lot of ground beneath it to philosophize and make smart films. But writers and directors don't always push the envelope, limiting themselves with a poor choice of story-lines and developments. Hence we get stupid exploitation flicks (no offence - I love them myself). But if creators of a picture are willing to use their brains at full - we get a chance to see outstanding examples of a very good quality cinema (I'd recall "Se7en" or "Unforgiven"). "Dead Man's Shoes" is absolutely such an example. It's a shame the film is not well known because it really deserves to be. Richard is coming back from the army to his small town. He's got one thing on his mind - to punish the gang of local small-time drug dealers who bullied and tormented his younger retarded brother. And his vengeance will be severe... That's it, I'll say no more, because closer to the end the movie turns out to be not exactly what you expected it to be. It's thoughtful and extremely powerful, it has twists, it's an exploration of a man's madness, of his slow descent into insanity, it's about hangman and victim and about how difficult is sometimes to tell the difference. It raises serious questions and it will make you ponder. I was utterly surprised - what started as a banal vengeance movie then turned into something vicious, grave and not at all light-hearted. The acting was just compelling. Paddy Considine ("In America", "Cinderella Man") created a very truthful and unforgettable character, Toby Kebbel, whom I haven't seen before, was just amazing as mentally-challenged Anthony, and as a thug leader we can see Gary Stretch whose face you'll never forget if you've seen him once. I haven't heard about director Shane Meadows before, but now I'm definately going to trace his career, for "Dead Man's Shoes" is not just one of the best British films I've seen, but it's one of the best films I've generally seen.