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Nil by Mouth
     

Nil by Mouth

Director: Gary Oldman

Cast: Ray Winstone, Kathy Burke, Charlie Creed-Miles

 
This harrowing drama, which marked the directorial debut of actor Gary Oldman, has been given a simple but well-executed presentation for its release on DVD. Nil by Mouth has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been

Overview

This harrowing drama, which marked the directorial debut of actor Gary Oldman, has been given a simple but well-executed presentation for its release on DVD. Nil by Mouth has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Surround; the dialogue is in English, and the disc includes optional English language subtitles. No bonus material appears on this edition.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Laura Abraham
Gary Oldman has been cast as everyone from Sid Vicious to a dreadlocked pimp, but his audience had yet to experience him so personally and so fully as in his directorial debut with Nil by Mouth. Dedicating the film "in memory of my father," Oldman opens the door to his life, ushers in the viewer, and then explodes all over the screen. This story is not for the weak at heart. Scripted by Oldman, it centers on a desperately poor South London family in the midst of unrelenting abuse, paying particular attention to the marital relationship between its two main characters, Val and Ray. Ray is an extremely violent man with a penchant for alcohol, and Ray Winstone's portrayal of him is utterly frightening -- at times impossible to watch -- while Kathy Burke shines as Val, a woman lost in exhaustive despair (Burke won Best Actress honors at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival). More than a movie about destruction and pain, Nil by Mouth is a movie about building oneself back up, and about the inner strength some people possess. These ideas are never made clearer than in the scene that follows a vicious beating that leaves Val almost unrecognizable. Val, her mother, and grandmother take comfort in each other, and as Val begins to dance with her grandmother, we realize this is the first time either lady has felt the comfort and warmth of another person in a very long time. This tenderness is ably captured by Oldman, who uses the camera as a way to shake out the ghosts of his past, let them be seen, and then forgive them.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/23/2003
UPC:
0043396009851
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:59:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ray Winstone Raymond
Kathy Burke Valerie
Charlie Creed-Miles Billy
Laila Morse Janet
Edna Doré Kath
Chrissie Cotterill Paula
Jon Morrison Angus
Jamie Forman Mark
Steve Sweeney Danny
Terry Rowley Actor
Sam Miller Actor
Leah Fitzgerald Actor
Gerry Bromfield Actor
Jamie Foreman Actor

Technical Credits
Gary Oldman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Luc Besson Producer
Eric Clapton Score Composer
Margot Core Musical Direction/Supervision
Ron Fortunato Cinematographer
Marc Frydman Associate Producer
Brad Fuller Editor
Jim Greenhorn Sound/Sound Designer
Fae Hammond Makeup
Luana Hanson Art Director
Hilary Heath Co-producer
Sue Jones Casting
Barbara Kidd Costumes/Costume Designer
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski Production Designer
Mary Soan Asst. Director
Ken Tuohy Asst. Director
Douglas Urbanski Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:16]
2. Mark's Tale [3:55]
3. Billy [2:18]
4. Tales of Mickey [5:30]
5. Boys Night Out [13:34]
6. "Where's My Gear?" [6:02]
7. Spare Change? [2:53]
8. On the Mainline [2:41]
9. Kath [2:53]
10. The Fix Is In [4:59]
11. Ripping Off Ray's Flat [8:24]
12. Giggles With Ray [4:54]
13. A Bit Flush at the Minute [3:17]
14. Dog Tales [1:58]
15. Shooting Pool With Pete [5:57]
16. A Jealous Guy [5:01]
17. "I Got Run Over" [3:56]
18. Miscarriage [3:41]
19. Good Neighbor Policy [4:46]
20. Ray Takes it on the Chin [1:43]
21. Soliloquy [2:10]
22. Trashed Palace [7:04]
23. Life With Father [1:44]
24. Trapped in a Laundromat [7:47]
25. Iron Bars Do Not a Prison Make [1:41]
26. "I Did it 'Cause I Love You" [2:38]
27. "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" [7:27]
28. Prison Tales of Billy [1:31]

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