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Nil by Mouth (1997)

R | | Drama | 6 February 1998 (USA)
A rough, short-tempered patriarch of a working class family has his life and the relationships around him slowly unravel.

Director:

Gary Oldman

Writer:

Gary Oldman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Winstone ... Raymond
Kathy Burke ... Valerie
Charlie Creed-Miles ... Billy
Laila Morse Laila Morse ... Janet
Edna Doré Edna Doré ... Kath
Chrissie Cotterill Chrissie Cotterill ... Paula
Jon Morrison Jon Morrison ... Angus
Jamie Foreman ... Mark
Steve Sweeney ... Danny
Terry Rowley Terry Rowley ... M.C. in Club
Sam Miller ... Club Comic
Leah Fitzgerald Leah Fitzgerald ... Michelle
Gerry Bromfield Gerry Bromfield ... Drug Dealer
Neil Maskell ... Schmuddie
Sid Golder Sid Golder ... Old Guy in Window
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Storyline

The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making him live on his own. Raymond is generally a rough and even violent person, and that leads to problems in the life of the family. Written by Gustaf Molin <gustaf.molin@usa.net>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic drug use, non-stop strong language, brutal domestic violence and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film is loosely based upon director Gary Oldman's own life growing up in London. See more »

Goofs

A boom mic is visible in the supermarket parking lot. See more »

Quotes

Billy: We had a fucking dog years ago, beautiful dog, it was. All Stations, it was. That's what I used to call it. That what I thought they was saying when I was little. All stations, you know. German shepard. Judy, her name was. Yeah, me dad fucking put her down when I was little. I went on holiday with me nan, and, um, when I came back, right, he's fobbed us off with some right swaggy story about how it bit someone over at the park. The lying cunt. Fucking loved that dog! That broke my heart, that ...
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Soundtracks

Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (Means That You're Grand)
Written by Sholom Secunda and Jacob Jacobs, English lyrics by Saul Chaplin (uncredited) and Sammy Cahn (uncredited)
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Like a fresh breeze from England's gutters
12 May 2003 | by Sami LehtinenSee all my reviews

I liked this films' authentic look.

I have middle class friends who describe this film as "depressing".

To me it was uplifting. It was great to see all these working class characters, even the horrible one, portrayed with a feeling of dignity and sincereness.

Not your average plastic movie. Real life, real emotions. I liked it, because it at last portrayed the life of the modern underclass with realism. The characters take over the story in this film, so if you like that, take a look. Thank you, Gary Oldman.


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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nil by Mouth See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,367, 8 February 1998

Gross USA:

$266,130

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$266,130
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Company Credits

Production Co:

SE8 Group, EuropaCorp See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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