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Circus (2000)

R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 5 May 2000 (UK)
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Conman Leo Garfield is in hot water after accepting a contract to murder businessman Julius Harvey's alleged wife, Gloria. Leo's wife Lily brings trouble too when her old flame Elmo pops up again, years after she abandoned him mid-heist.

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Rob Walker

Writer:

David Logan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hannah ... Leo
Famke Janssen ... Lily
Peter Stormare ... Julius
Eddie Izzard ... Troy
Fred Ward ... Elmo
Brian Conley Brian Conley ... Bruno
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Moose (as Tiny Lister)
Amanda Donohoe ... Gloria
Ian Burfield ... Caspar
Neil Stuke ... Roscoe
Michael Attwell ... Magnus
Jason Watkins ... Dom
Christopher Biggins ... Arnie
Lucy Akhurst ... Helen
Louise Rolfe Louise Rolfe ... Julie
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Storyline

Bruno, a sadistic criminal, wants clever con man Leo out of the way. Leo and his equally clever wife, Lily, are up to something. So too is Julius: he hires Leo to kill Gloria, Julius's wife. Leo does it, but then Julius shows up with the murder on tape, saying Gloria isn't his wife - it's blackmail. Leo's bookie, Troy, is also closing in, wanting to be paid. Bruno and Lily as well as Bruno and Julius have their own scams running, and Leo is their target. Maybe Leo can get Troy off his back, avoid Moose (Bruno's huge enforcer), send Gloria's corpse out of England, turn the tables on Bruno's murderous brother Caspar, and outfox Lily. Or is Lily his fox? It's a three-ring circus. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Don't trust any of these clowns

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Columbia/Tristar UK site

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Circul See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,406, 17 September 2000

Gross USA:

$14,693

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,693
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The ad for "Shannon, Brighton's Most Convincing Pre-Op TRANSEXUAL" actually shows 1940's Hollywood actress Veronica Lake. See more »

Quotes

Leo: Troy!
Troy: Leo... I am gonna HAVE to cut your dick off. Okay?
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Connections

References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

The House Of The Rising Sun
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Arranged by Alan Price
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Poor entrant into the British Gangster drama
18 September 2006 | by mr_walshSee all my reviews

Entertaining, but not in the same satisfying way as 'Snatch', 'Lock Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels' or '7ayer Cake'. I love twists, but I can only suspend my disbelief so far.

A hallmark of this genre (invented by Tarrantino?) is to have people with incongruous-to-gangster traits...I guess these connect the audience to otherwise abhorrent killers/thieves. In this regard they were really trying a bit too hard...the bookie Troy who expresses himself with 80s pop songs...the tender yet brutal Moose. To me it seems like these were the result of an engineered effort to create 'Pulp Fiction-' or 'LS&2SB-' like characters.

But I did like Leo's character.


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