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Rancid Aluminum (2000)

Rancid Aluminium (original title)
Pete in London inherits a company. The ambitious accountant makes a deal with a Russian mafia boss. The Russian wants hard currency and grand-kids but kills his daughter's lovers. His daughter needs an Englishman like Sir Francis Drake.

Director:

Edward Thomas (as Ed Thomas)

Writer:

James Hawes (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rhys Ifans ... Pete Thompson
Joseph Fiennes ... Sean Deeny
Tara Fitzgerald ... Masha
Sadie Frost ... Sarah Thompson
Steven Berkoff ... Mr Kant
Keith Allen ... Dr Jones
Dani Behr ... Charlie
Andrew Howard ... Trevor
Nick Moran ... Harry the dealer
Olegar Fedoro ... Mr. Kant's bodyguard Naz (as Olegario Fedoro)
Barry Foster ... Doctor
Brian Hibbard Brian Hibbard ... Giovanni
Steve Speirs ... BMW Man (as Steven Speirs)
Joshua Richards Joshua Richards ... Police Officer
Mariusz Czajka ... Mittelmaier
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Storyline

Pete Thompson thinks he has it all. However, following the death of his father his close friend and accountant reveals the company he has been left is bust and the only way out is to do business with the Russian mafia. His life and heart are on the line when he leave to restore the fortunes of the family firm. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong sexual content, violence, language and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Rancid Aluminum See more »

Filming Locations:

Skierniewice, Lódzkie, Poland See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The last film of Barry Foster. See more »

Soundtracks

To Earth with Love
Written by Cliff Jones, Nick Crowe, Nigel Hoyle, James Risebero
Performed by Gay Dad
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There's no aluminium here but it is rancid
25 January 2000 | by Dodger-9See all my reviews

Where do you begin with a movie as bad as this?

Do you mention the cast of unlikeable heroes? The over-the-top acting? The dreadful script?

No. You just say that anyone who pays money to see a film as poor as this needs their head looking at. I know I do. I respect those poor guys who saw it with little or no advance word from mags like Empire (usually a bad sign if a preview copy isn't available to the quality movie mags). However, cinemas really should start thinking about giving out refunds if the customer isn't happy with the finished product.

I went three days after it opened with two other mates. The only other person in the cinema was one bloke on his own.

And that was on cheap night.

Either the ad campaign had failed dismally or word had spread through most of the country of just what a stinker this is.

Not since the days of The Avengers (1998) have I felt so short changed since watching a movie. If a mate comes round with this on video in a few months make sure he pays your electricity bill while watching it.

Tara Fitzgerald deserves an award for not cracking up - or walking off the set; Keith Allen retains some dignity amid the cinematic carnage; Barry Foster should have been arrested on the set for his performance, Rhys Ifans does his career no favours after the success of Notting Hill and only Dani Behr is halfway likeable as a busty secretary.

Mind you, considering she used to be in The Word, any viewers' expectations of her acting ability had to be pretty low to begin with.

The production values aren't bad considering the obviously limited budget but that script is atrocious. If you want to hear a bunch of unlikeable characters say "Fak!" for a couple of hours then this should be right up your street.

Otherwise, bargepoles required.


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