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Gangster No. 1 (2000)

Chronicles the rise and fall of a prominent, and particularly ruthless English gangster.

Director:

Paul McGuigan

Writers:

Johnny Ferguson (screenplay adaptation), Louis Mellis (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm McDowell ... Gangster 55
David Thewlis ... Freddie Mays
Paul Bettany ... Young Gangster
Saffron Burrows ... Karen
Kenneth Cranham ... Tommy (as Ken Cranham)
Jamie Foreman ... Lennie Taylor
Eddie Marsan ... Eddie Miller
Andrew Lincoln ... Maxie King
Doug Allen ... Mad John
Razaaq Adoti ... Roland
Cavan Clerkin ... Billy
David Kennedy ... Fat Charlie
Johnny Harris ... Derek
Anton Saunders ... Trevor (as Anton Valensi)
Alex McSweeney Alex McSweeney ... Bloke In Tailor's
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Storyline

A middle-aged crime boss smugly reflects back from 1999, narrating the brutality which made him triumphant - and feared. As an unnamed young hood in Swinging 60's London, he aped his mod boss Freddie Mays, and seemed to do anything for him. But his narration exposes all-consuming envy: of Freddie's supremacy, and especially his tall bird. The baby shark develops his viciousness and backstabbing, scheming to be Gangster No. 1. Written by David Stevens

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The King is dead, Long live the King See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, and brief drug use and nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The two actors who play the "gangster" at the two points in his life are 7 inches different in height. See more »

Goofs

The bottle of whisky that Lenny presents Freddie during their meeting (which Freddy refuses to drink) is a bottle of 'The Macallan' Speyside whisky. However, the bottle shown in the movie has label on it from the 1990-2000's. A bottle of 'the Macallan' before the 1960's (when part of the movie is set) had a 'produce of Scotland' banner at the top of the label either side of the Macallan coat of arms. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[song "The Good Life" begins as scene opens at boxing match; crowd noises]
Gangster 55: [laughing] What? With Scotland Yard breathing down me neck? Fuck off. Do me a favor!
[laughter]
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Connections

References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

The Good Life
(La Belle Vie)
Music by Sacha Distel
French lyrics by Jean Broussolle
English lyrics by Jack Reardon
Published by Prosadis S.A.
Performed by Neil Hannon
Music Arranged and Recorded by John Dankworth
Neil Hannon appears courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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One of the best secret no one knows about movies of all time!!!!
4 August 2008 | by cooknicoleSee all my reviews

I loved this movie soooo much! I was first introduced two thirds into it and I was immediately ready to sit down and watch it at three in the morning staying up till five am. The way it is shot is like pure genius! There is a scene in it that is shot from the perspective of the person being murdered and I mean it is aw inspiring! Seriously if it weren't for the way this movie ended it it would have been a 10 on my voting. Point in fact though the ending isn't horrible it just leaves a little to be desired. NON-SPOILER ALERT about the ending, they use a different person for the main character as the older version, but everyone else plays themselves just with makeup....(Don't get me wrong the guy they got 'Malcolm McDowell' to play as the older gangster is the best narrator and therefore carries the movie, but it's just weird and very hard to over look) Not to mention Paul Bettany who is a genius in this movie as well! My god the man can play psycho! All and all a must watch and a pass on to any friend who is in the mood to see a great flick!!!!!


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | Germany | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gangster Nr. 1 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,514, 16 June 2002

Gross USA:

$30,915

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,915
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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