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Ratcatcher (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama | 12 November 1999 (UK)
An unabashed kid navigates the filthy world of 1973 Glasgow, preoccupying himself with the equally poor youth around him.

Director:

Lynne Ramsay

Writer:

Lynne Ramsay
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Flanagan ... Da
Mandy Matthews Mandy Matthews ... Ma
William Eadie William Eadie ... James
Michelle Stewart Michelle Stewart ... Ellen
Lynne Ramsay Jr. Lynne Ramsay Jr. ... Anne Marie (as Lynne Ramsay Jnr.)
Leanne Mullen Leanne Mullen ... Margaret Anne
John Miller John Miller ... Kenny
Jackie Quinn Jackie Quinn ... Mrs. Quinn
James Ramsay James Ramsay ... Mr. Quinn
Anne McLean Anne McLean ... Mrs. Fowler
Craig Bonar Craig Bonar ... Matt Monroe
Andrew McKenna Andrew McKenna ... Billy
Mick Maharg Mick Maharg ... Stef
James Montgomery James Montgomery ... Hammy
Thomas McTaggart Thomas McTaggart ... Ryan
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Storyline

Glasgow, summer, 1973. Dustmen are striking; bags of garbage add to the blight of council flats and a fetid canal. Ryan, who's about 12, drowns during a play fight with his neighbor, the jug-eared James. James runs home, a flat where he lives with his often-drunk da, his ma, and sisters, who live in hope of moving to newly-built council flats. The slice-of-life, coming-of-age story follows James as he tags along with the older lads; has a friendship with his quirky wee rodent-loving neighbor, Kenny; spends time with Margaret Anne, myopic, slightly older, the local sexual punching bag; and, has a moment or two of joy. The strike may end, but is there any way out for James? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Goofs

A radio announcer mentions a football score "Stirling Albion 20, Selkirk 0." That game was played in 1984, not in the early 70's when the film was set. See more »

Quotes

Kenny: Goodbye, Snowball!
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Cello Song
Written and Performed by Nick Drake
Published by Warlock Music Ltd / Island Music Ltd
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd
Licensed by kind permission from Polygram Film & TV Licensing
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Well Worth Watching
18 October 2004 | by julie-117See all my reviews

Who are these people saying that RATCATCHER is "pretentious art-house crap" ?? I suppose what they want is just good IL' downhome Hollywood swill? Don't they pay any attention at all to things like lovely cinematography, fine writing, and careful pacing? RATCATCHER is a beautiful movie, though hard to watch because of the desperate conditions of its main characters. It's full of worrisome situations and a complicated storyline that sticks with you for days. It has qualities of both compression and mystery, much like well-crafted poetry has compared to prose. Don't believe the whiners about this movie - it's NOT pretentious, it's inclusive and generous, and though it doesn't provide us with an easy let's-have-popcorn-and-watch-Schwarzenegger-blow-things-up kind of entertainment, it's well-crafted, well-written, beautifully shot, and worth watching and thinking about.


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Language:

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Release Date:

12 November 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,762, 15 October 2000

Gross USA:

$217,244

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$217,244
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