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Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2003)

Once Upon a Time in the Midlands

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

August 29, 2003

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

104 min.

Studio

Sony Pictures Classics

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Shane Meadows

Producer

Andrea Calderwood

Screenwriter

Shane Meadows, Paul Fraser

Starring

  • Robert Carlyle
  • Vanessa Feltz
  • Ricky Tomlinson
  • Kathy Burke
  • Vicki Patterson
  • Shirley Henderson
  • Finn Atkins

Story


Dek and Shirley live together with 12 year-old Marlene, her daughter by the sexy, delinquent Jimmy who disappeared years ago and hasn't been heard from since. Decent-but-dull Dek loves Shirley, so much so that he humiliates her by proposing without warning on national television. Like every other person Shirley has ever met, Jimmy witnesses Dek's TV proposal and he returns to town, convinced that his nerdy rival doesn't stand a chance against a renewed romantic assault from the great love of her life. While Shirley seems destined to succumb to Jimmy's charms, he hasn't reckoned on the formidable resistance from their daughter Marlene, his sister Carol, her estranged husband Charlie, their sons Emerson and Lake, Carol's daughter Donna, her boyfriend Donut... Nor could he anticipate a heroic, last-minute challenge from the mild-mannered, lovesick Dek...

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..an interesting experiment that doesn't quite work..”
by Paula Nechak [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
“..lacks the bite it needs to make us care about this oddball trio..”
by Marc Savlov [Austin Chronicle]
“..far too contrived and lightweight, with none of the emotional resonance of comedies like The Snapper (1993)..”
by Tim Knight [Reel]