Shallow Grave

Shallow Grave

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Director: Danny Boyle

Cast: Danny Boyle, Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor

     
 

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The feature film debut of Scottish director Danny Boyle was a dark, hip, Generation X comedy about a trio of Edinburgh roommates whose narcissistic greed fuels murder and betrayal. Boisterous journalist Alex (Ewan McGregor), flirtatious doctor Juliet (Kerry Fox), and meek accountant David (Christopher Eccleston) possess very different personalities, but the roommates… See more details below

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The feature film debut of Scottish director Danny Boyle was a dark, hip, Generation X comedy about a trio of Edinburgh roommates whose narcissistic greed fuels murder and betrayal. Boisterous journalist Alex (Ewan McGregor), flirtatious doctor Juliet (Kerry Fox), and meek accountant David (Christopher Eccleston) possess very different personalities, but the roommates are bonded in mutual, self-absorbed cynicism. Seeking a fourth boarder to share the rent for their stylish flat, they cruelly dismiss several candidates before settling on Hugo (Keith Allen), whose air of detachment meets the roommates' standard of coolness. Hugo's reserve masks criminal involvement, however, as the roommates discover when they find him dead in bed from a drug overdose, with a valise containing enormous amounts of cash. Their nascent greed overwhelms them, and the trio dismembers and buries Hugo, stealing his money. Only David, who understands finance, seems to realize that someone's eventually going to seek out such a large sum. As both drug dealers and police get closer to figuring out the friends' secret, shy, nerdy David becomes violently paranoid, while Juliet's allegiance switches back and forth between her roommates. Boyle teamed subsequently with producer Andrew Macdonald and screenwriter John Hodge on several high-profile films.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
1994's Shallow Grave was often viewed as Britain's answer to Pulp Fiction (also 1994), and it was a significant hit in the United Kingdom. Grave's energetic visual style and humorous treatment of the crime-thriller genre is certainly reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino's work, but the movie actually has more in common with the stylistic gymnastics of Coen brothers films: Blood Simple (1984) is an obvious comparison. It did moderately well on the U.S. art house circuit, paving the way for the greater success two years later of the exhilarating Trainspotting, from the same team of director Danny Boyle, producer Andrew Macdonald, and screenwriter John Hodge. Though relegated to a supporting role in Grave, Ewan McGregor since became one of the most popular Scottish actors of his generation.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2012
UPC:
0715515094818
Original Release:
1994
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
19,797

Special Features

Two Audio Commentaries: One by Director Danny Boyle and the other by Screenwriter John Hodge and Producer Andrew MacDonald; New Interview piece featuring actors Christopher Eccleston, Kerry Fox, and Ewan McGregor; Digging Your Own Grave, A 1993 documentary by Director Kevin Macdonald on the making of the film; Andrew Macdonald and Kevin Macdonald's video diary from the 1992 Edinburgh Film Festival, where they shopped around the script for Shallow Grave; Shallow Grave trailer and Trainspotting teaser ; ; Plus: An essay by critic Philip Kemp

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kerry Fox Juliet Miller
Christopher Eccleston David Stevens
Ewan McGregor Alex Law
Keith Allen Hugo
Ken Stott Detective-Inspector
John Hodge Detective-Constable Mitchell
Gary Lewis Visitor
Peter Mullan Andy
Leonard O'Malley Tim
Robert David MacDonald Lumsden
John Bett Brian McKinley
Billy Riddoch Newspaper Editor

Technical Credits
Danny Boyle Director
Simon Boswell Score Composer
Kate Carin Costumes/Costume Designer
Nigel Galt Sound/Sound Designer
Masahiro Hirakubo Editor
John Hodge Screenwriter
Cate Karin Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Macdonald Producer
Zoe MacLeod Art Director
Ian Madden Asst. Director
Colin Nicolson Sound/Sound Designer
Kave Quinn Production Designer
Allan Scott Executive Producer
Brian Tufano Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Shallow Grave
1. "Not Today, thank you" [6:57]
2. Hugo [6:57]
3. Temptation [5:42]
4. No Human Angle [4:42]
5. "This Is It" [11:19]
6. Strip the Willow [6:03]
7. "Happiness is [7:33]
8. The Loft [6:33]
9. "Alive, Dead. Dead, Alive" [8:16]
10. "In the Event of My Death" [10:06]
11. "Triple Corpse Horror" [18:29]
1. One Million Pounds [6:57]
2. Interior Landscapes [6:57]
3. Courageous Decisions [5:42]
4. "T.F. Bundy" [4:42]
5. Drab British Realism [11:19]
6. The John Major Years [6:03]
7. Shooting in Singles [7:33]
8. Thirty Days Later [6:33]
9. Dodgy Torch Trick [8:16]
10. Glassy Eyes [10:06]
11. Arid Moral Landscape [18:29]
1. Not a Linen Suit Movie [6:57]
2. The Stranger in the Flat [6:57]
3. No Mumbly Method Acting [5:42]
4. Nina Simone [4:42]
5. On the Same Page [11:19]
6. Going to a Ceilidh [6:03]
7. Find Another Producer [7:33]
8. "Anger Is An Energy" [6:33]
9. Suitcases Full Of Cash [8:16]
10. The Third Act [10:06]
11. "From the Makers of Shallow Grave" [18:29]

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