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Director: Mike Leigh Cast: Marion Bailey, Phil Daniels, Tim Roth

Blu-ray (Special Edition / Wide Screen / Restored)

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Colin (Tim Roth, making his screen debut) and his brother Mark (Phil Daniels, who starred in Quadrophenia) are down and out. They live in a squalid flat with their unemployed father, Frank (Jeff Robert), and their put-upon mother, Mavis (Pam Ferris). They're on the dole, and Mark is constantly scrounging for cash and cadging drinks from his friends, among them Coxy (Gary Oldman in his screen debut), a skinhead. Colin, shy and perhaps mentally disabled, has a crush on a good-natured local girl, Hayley (Tilly Vosburgh). But when Coxy brings him over to her apartment, he can only watch helplessly as a rather ugly scene unfolds. Mark, who is constantly mocking Frank's hypocritical and outdated world view, also makes fun of Colin and calls him "Kermit" and "muppet." Barbara (Marion Bailey, who would later appear in All or Nothing), the boys' middle-class aunt, drops by one day and offers Colin work helping her redecorate her house. Colin seems only mildly interested, but his parents pressure him to take the offer. Mark says that Barbara is exploiting Colin, but his family suspects that Mark is just resentful because Barbara didn't offer him the job. On Colin's first day, Mark turns up at Barbara's to learn that Colin hasn't shown up yet. As Mark and Barbara search the neighborhood for Colin, Mark makes insinuations about the state of Barbara's troubled relationship with her husband, John (Alfred Molina). Meantime, conceived and directed by Mike Leigh, was produced for British television, and shown at the 1984 Berlin International Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/15/2017
UPC: 0715515201919
Original Release: 1984
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 2,392

Special Features

New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Roger Pratt and director Mike Leigh, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New conversation between Leigh and musician Jarvis Cocker New conversation between actor Marion Bailey and critic Amy Raphael Interview from 2007 with actor Tim Roth

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marion Bailey Barbara
Phil Daniels Mark
Tim Roth Colin
Jeff Robert Frank
Alfred Molina John
Gary Oldman Coxy
Tilly Vosburgh Hayley
Eileen Davies Unemployment Benefit Clerk
Pam Ferris Mavis
Herbert Norville Man in Pub
Peter Wight Estate Manager

Technical Credits
Mike Leigh Director
Graham Benson Producer
Diana Charnley Art Director
Andrew Dickson Score Composer
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Vivien Pottersman Production Designer
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
Lesley Walker Editor

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