Gangster No.1

Gangster No.1

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Director: Paul McGuigan, Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis, Paul Bettany

Cast: Paul McGuigan, Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis, Paul Bettany

     
 

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Malcolm McDowell stars in the MGM mob movie Gangster #1. The film is presented in two video options: 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and a 1.33:1 pan and scan version. The widescreen transfer of the film appears to be in solid shape without many noticeable defects marring the image. While a small amount of grain shows up from time to time, overall the colors and

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Malcolm McDowell stars in the MGM mob movie Gangster #1. The film is presented in two video options: 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and a 1.33:1 pan and scan version. The widescreen transfer of the film appears to be in solid shape without many noticeable defects marring the image. While a small amount of grain shows up from time to time, overall the colors and black levels are all solid and well saturated. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and is terrific. The surround sounds are used generously with pop and rock songs while directional effects show up moderately in both the front and rear speakers. All aspects of the mix are free and clear of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles. MGM has done a fine job at adding on a few extra features to this disc, starting with a feature length commentary track with director Paul McGuigan. Filled with funny stories and interesting asides about the production (in a thick Scottish accent), this track should please fans of the film. A brief featurette gives only a fluffy look at the film while a deleted scene allows the viewer to see what ended up on the cutting room floor. Finally there is a TV spot and theatrical trailer for the film.

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The slick yet brutal take on the British gangster film doesn't add anything new to the canon but still manages to offer up a fairly interesting take on this genre. The narrative hook of Gangster No. 1 is that it never tries to make the title character sympathetic or humane: he remains chilly and brutal from start to finish. As a result, Gangster No. 1 is a tough film to warm up to but genre fans will find it worthwhile for a number a reasons. The first is its high caliber of performances: Paul Bettany cuts a dashing yet scary figure as the young Gangster 55, vividly bringing his quiet psychosis to life through a combination of icy glares and controlled bursts of rage, while Malcolm McDowell's work as the older version of this character stuns the viewer by utilizing considerable skill for bombast to create a man who has been ruined by his inability to show or feel human warmth. There is also some sharp supporting work from David Thewlis as the tough yet humane gangster that Gangster 55 fetishizes and Saffron Burrows as the good-hearted moll who suffers for her decision to stand by her man. Director Paul McGuigan lends a stylish eye to the tale using slick visuals, frenetic editing, and a jazzy John Dankworth score to effectively offset the brutal edges of his subject matter without ever softening it. He also pulls of some inspired stylistic flourishes, the best being a vicious murder whose gruesomeness is all suggested via point-of-view camerawork. The end result is a chilly but powerful experience that is not for sensitive viewers but is stylish and substantial enough to make a viewing worthwhile for crime movie buffs.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2002
UPC:
0027616879639
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:43:00

Special Features

Making-of featurette; Deleted scenes; Audio commentary with director Paul McGuigan; TV spot Original theatrical trailer; ; English: 5.1 Surround; English & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Malcolm McDowell Gangster No 1
David Thewlis Freddie Mays
Paul Bettany Young Gangster
Saffron Burrows Karen
Kenneth Cranham Tommy
Razaaq Adoti Roland
Johnny Harris Derek
David Kennedy Fat Charlie
Andrew Lincoln Maxie King
Jamie Forman Lennie Taylor
Eddie Marsan Eddie Miller
Cavan Clerkin Billy
Martyn Read Rough Diamond
Don McCorkindale Smashing Bloke
Arthur Nightingale Toilet Attendant
Emma Griffiths-Malin Julie
Gary McCormack Giggler Bennett
Sean Chapman Bent Cop
Caroline Pegg Flo
Tony Denham Club Manager
Jo McInnes Lesley
Jamie Foreman Actor

Technical Credits
Paul McGuigan Director
Nicky Kentish Barnes Co-producer
Peter Bowles Executive Producer
Richard Bridgland Production Designer
Chris Carreras Asst. Director
Jonathan Cavendish Producer
Johnny Dankworth Score Composer
Philip Elton Art Director
Ulrich Felsberg Co-producer
Johnny Ferguson Screenwriter
Norma Heyman Producer
Andrew Hulme Editor
Jina Jay Casting
Peter Sova Cinematographer
John C. Taylor Sound/Sound Designer
Jany Temime Costumes/Costume Designer
Simon Fisher Turner Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Surprise
2. Freddie's New Man
3. Lennie Taylor
4. "Look At Me"
5. Tie Pin
6. Karen
7. Inside Information
8. Missing Roland
9. Engaged
10. The Bosses Are Hit
11. Freddie's Fate
12. New Leadership
13. Freddie's Release
14. "Shoot Me"
15. No. 1
16. End Credits

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Gangster No.1 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DoktorDaoud More than 1 year ago
'GANGSTER NO.#1' is a well-delivered piece of British crime lore that avoids the heavy stylings of 'Sexy Beast' or 'Snatch' in favor of a more straight ahead coverage of the era it's mainly set, the 1960's. The wardrobe and characters evoke the 'Get Carter' era Micheal Caine with sharply dressed hoods wreaking havoc on the public with glee. Paul Bettany plays an ambitious but frighteningly cold thug who's jonesing for the dapper leader's spot and his woman. Intersected well between Roddy MacDowell's modern persona of the older thug who still yearns for his mentor's charisma. Worth seeing.