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Sexy Beast

Sexy Beast
  • 2000
  • UK
  • 88 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Jonathan Glazer
  • Written by: Louis Mellis, David Scinto
  • Cast: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Amanda Redman, Ian McShane

When retired criminal Gary Dove (Winstone) gets a visit from East End headcase Don Logan (Kingsley), who's to persuade Dove to leave his Costa del Sol villa to do one last 'job' for crime boss Teddy Bass (McShane), the sparks fly. Dove stutters a nervous 'No thanks'; Logan screams 'Yes, you c**t!'. At length. The back and forth between the hard man who's lost his bottle and the officious little psychopath is nothing short of Pinter-esque, alternately menacing, hilarious and terrifying. Cast against type, the leads are superb. Glazer rigorously maintains content over style, and the result is a razor sharp drama that's no mere gangster film.

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