Shallow Grave

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2012
  • UPC: 715515094719
  • Original Release: 1994
  • Source: Criterion
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 179

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
John Bett Brian McKinley
Gary Lewis Visitor
Robert David MacDonald Lumsden
Peter Mullan Andy
Leonard O'Malley Tim
Billy Riddoch Newspaper Editor
Technical Credits
Danny Boyle Director
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
Allan Scott Executive Producer
Simon Boswell Score Composer
Brian Tufano Cinematographer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEAUTIFUL!

    Really wonderful movie! excellent plot twist at the end, and the characters were WONDERFUL!! Love it and reccommend it to anyone who liked "Blood Simple" or any Hitchcock

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Entertainment!

    I found this movie holding my interest continually, with twists and turns in a macabre and 'Poe-esque' way. I enormously loved the ending and immediately began recommending this movie to friends.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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