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The Kid (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 September 2010 (UK)
About Kevin Lewis who grew up in poverty but survived to make a better life for himself and his family.

Director:

Nick Moran

Writers:

Kevin Lewis (screenplay), Nick Moran (additional writing) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Natascha McElhone ... Gloria
Jodie Whittaker ... Jackie
Rupert Friend ... Kevin Lewis
Ioan Gruffudd ... Colin Smith
Tom Burke ... Mr. Hayes
Alfie Allen ... Dominic
David O'Hara ... Terry
Bernard Hill ... Uncle David
Augustus Prew ... Teen Kevin
Denise Gough ... Patsy
Kate Ashfield ... Madeline
James Fox ... Alan
Ralph Brown ... Gordon Peters
Con O'Neill ... Dennis
Niamh Cusack ... 1980 School Nurse
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Storyline

Kevin Lewis never had a chance. Growing up on a poverty-stricken London council estate, beaten and starved by his parents, bullied at school and abandoned by social services, his life was never his own. Even after he was put into care, he found himself out on the streets caught up in a criminal underworld that knew him as 'The Kid'. Yet Kevin survived to make a better life for himself. This international bestseller published in 2003 is his heartbreaking and inspiring story. The screenplay written by Mark Thomas and Kevin Lewis is a faithful adaptation of the novel. Written by Mark Thomas

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Дитя See more »

Filming Locations:

Croydon, London, England, UK

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,354
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Production Co:

Tin House Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Lewis experienced difficulty being on set when Natascha McElhone was playing his abusive mother as he found the resemblance too unsettling. See more »

Goofs

A 1990s Volkswagen Transporter can be seen as Kevin pulls away from the care home, even though it's set in 1985. Various anachronistic cars can be seen throughout the film. See more »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 13 September 2010 (2010) See more »

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Not one for Me....
29 April 2012 | by tim-764-291856See all my reviews

I'm afraid I didn't like this film. I can handle difficult-to-watch with the best of them - I think Tyranosaurus is the best film of 2011, but 'The Kid' catapults us through far too many years, characters and emotions, that it makes one giddy and rather nauseous.

I haven't read the novel and I'm sure that that more successfully tells Kevin's story. An unrecognisable, but usually very beautiful Natascha McElhone is Kevin's almost inhuman mother, a screaming, shouting performance that not only repels but disgraces both the actor and the film and her alcoholic husband (whose actor's name I cannot find) beat, scold and swear at their child that is so over-the-top that it's almost unbelievable.

Understandably, Kevin gets taken into care and at last, credible acting from the reassuring Uncle David, Bernard Hill and Heartbeat's Niamh Cusak, as the school nurse, who finds bruises all over Kevin's body. James Fox comes to both Kevin's - and our - rescue as the kind-hearted and good Alan, a comfortably-off married adopter.

However, where I feel director Nick Moran goes wrong is pitching 'The Kid' as both a gritty, urban Two Smoking Barrels movie and a sentimental rite of passage. They just don't mix. We, OK, I, find it difficult to empathise with Kevin, even and when it turns to running loss-making bars and getting beaten to a pulp in boxing matches (does Rupert Friend seriously look like he has the physique of a boxer?), then I began to dismiss the film more and more.

Yes, the tentative relationship with Jackie (Jodie Whittaker) was both welcome and touching but even that got a bit crazy toward the end. I know many found the film embracing and gripping, but I'm afraid I was left rather cold, with a slightly bad taste in my mouth.


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