Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen

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Director: Ken Loach

Cast: Ken Loach, Martin Compston, William Ruane, Annmarie Fulton

     
 
Paul Laverty writes his fourth script with director Ken Loach for the gritty coming-of-age drama Sweet Sixteen. Set in the port city of Greenock, Scotland, local kid Liam (Martin Compston) spends his days trying to make money with his best friend, Pinball (William Ruane). When he refuses to use his imprisoned mother, Jean (Michelle Coulter), as a drug mule, his

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Paul Laverty writes his fourth script with director Ken Loach for the gritty coming-of-age drama Sweet Sixteen. Set in the port city of Greenock, Scotland, local kid Liam (Martin Compston) spends his days trying to make money with his best friend, Pinball (William Ruane). When he refuses to use his imprisoned mother, Jean (Michelle Coulter), as a drug mule, his criminal stepfather, Stan (Gary McCormack), and bitter grandfather, Rab (Tommy McKee), kick him out of the house. He moves in with his levelheaded older sister, Chantelle (Annmarie Fulton), who is a single parent to toddler Callum and has no love for their mother. Liam quickly comes up with the idea to buy a trailer for himself and his mom when she gets out of prison on the day before his 16th birthday. In order to get enough money to make a down payment, he comes up with a plan to steal Stan's drug stash and sell it to local junkies. With Pinball at his side, Liam starts to develop the skills of a successful businessman and gets noticed by a group of big-time dealers. Gang leader Tony (Martin McCardie) sees his potential and makes him an offer, which leads Liam toward the life of crime that he was trying to avoid in the first place.

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All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Director Ken Loach returns to his native Scotland for the ironically titled drama Sweet Sixteen. In an inspired casting decision, the part of Liam is played by Greenock native Martin Compston, a regular kid who has never acted before. Compston gives Liam enough charm and wit to be convincing as the 15-year-old drug-ring operator, while also maintaining a naïveté that gets to the heart of the story. What drives the confused adolescent is his hopeful yet totally unrealistic perspective on his family situation; he just happens to possess the slick skills of an entrepreneur to actually do something about it. As the gawky misfit Pinball, William Ruane is a good foil to the determined Liam, as well as a constant reminder of the awkwardness of youth. The other supporting performances help to make the award-winning screenplay sound amazingly naturalistic with both humor and brutality. The Scottish dialect is so accurately captured, in fact, that even most English-speaking audiences require subtitles to decipher the constant slang and profanities. The somber coastal town setting also captures the mood of a crumbling town with few chances of escape. Even though the story is inherently bleak, it's not without the occasional ray of hope. What sets Sweet Sixteen apart from other cinematic forms of teen realism is that it never resorts to sensationalizing the kids or the subject matter. Underneath all the swearing, violence, and criminal intent, Liam is still just a boy.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
UPC:
0031398100225
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
84,950

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director commentary ; Deleted scenes; 16 x 9 widescreen; 5.1 Dolby Digital; English and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Compston Liam
William Ruane Pinball
Annmarie Fulton Chantelle
Michelle Abercromby Suzanne
Michelle Coulter Jean
Gary McCormack Stan
Tommy McKee Rab

Technical Credits
Ken Loach Director
Barry Ackroyd Cinematographer
Ray Beckett Sound/Sound Designer
Fergus Clegg Art Director
Ulrich Felsberg Co-producer
George Fenton Score Composer
David Gilchrist Asst. Director
Gerardo Herrero Co-producer
Martin Johnson Editor
Paul Laverty Screenwriter
Carole K. Millar Costumes/Costume Designer
Jonathan Morris Editor
Rebecca O'Brien Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Star Gazers [5:17]
2. Visiting Hours [5:52]
3. Disciplined [4:49]
4. House Rules [5:52]
5. Audio Letter [2:53]
6. A Daft Idea [6:45]
7. Informant [3:15]
8. The Hard Shell [3:29]
9. Home [4:19]
10. Brawl [4:22]
11. Interrogation [6:31]
12. Discussion [2:56]
13. Pizza Delivery [4:01]
14. Privacy Invaded [3:35]
15. Dirty Work [3:40]
16. Up in Flames [3:27]
17. Revenge [3:33]
18. Like a Brother [6:32]
19. Real Deal [2:28]
20. New Start [5:20]
21. Party [4:53]
22. Letting Go [4:19]
23. Confrontation [5:42]
24. End Credits [2:00]

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Sweet Sixteen 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie. i would recommend this to anyone who likes good movies
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very gritty story about life in Scotland. The language is what you would expect in the drug dealing world, so the caution is that the movie is not for children. A compelling movie filmed in a documentary style.