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High Heels and Low Lifes (2001)

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A nurse eavesdrops with a friend on a cell phone conversation that describes a bank heist. She and the friend then conspire to blackmail the robbers for two million dollars.

Director:

Mel Smith

Writers:

Kim Fuller (story), Georgia Pritchett (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Minnie Driver ... Shannon
Mary McCormack ... Frances
Kevin McNally ... Mason
Mark Williams ... Tremaine
Danny Dyer ... Danny
Michael Gambon ... Kerrigan
Darren Boyd ... Ray
Simon Scardifield Simon Scardifield ... Tony
Len Collin Len Collin ... Barry
Jane Partridge Jane Partridge ... Receptionist
Jason Griffiths ... Paramedic
Ranjit Krishnamma Ranjit Krishnamma ... Doctor
Mark Meadows Mark Meadows ... Romantic actor
Ben Walden ... Bloodied actor
Michael Attwell ... Duty Sergeant (as Mike Attwell)
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Storyline

Two best girlfriends, Shannon (Minnie Driver) and Frances (Mary McCormack), living in London, suddenly find themselves battling wits with seasoned criminals when they decide to blackmail the culprits of a bank heist in their neighborhood rather than reporting the crime to the Police. Refusing to be played by this new competition and give up the demanded two million dollars, the leaders of the gang of robbers, Mason (Kevin McNally ) and Kerrigan (Sir Michael Gambon), decide to start playing dirty tricks, threaten violence and counterfeit money in an effort to throw the two women off course. When the blackmail and counter attacks hurt an innocent bystander, the kooky best friends must use their friendship to empower each other to lure the hardened criminals into a risky trap. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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Crime has never been so attractive See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and nudity | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High Heels and Low Lifes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,512, 28 October 2001

Gross USA:

$228,194

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,340,411
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The robbery at the beginning of this movie was inspired by the real-life Baker Street robbery of 1971. Elements in this movie from the real-life bank robbery include: the robbers tunnelling in from the store next door, looting the safe deposit boxes, a spotter on the roof across the street, and their communications being picked by local radio and scanning equipment. See more »

Goofs

On the train ride from London to Brighton there is an announcement "Next stop Haywards Heath" just before the train stops and the characters get of the train. The actors actually get off at Preston Park station (blurred sign visible). See more »

Quotes

Frances: What are you doing? You're supposed to be the good cop.
Shannon: Well I'd like to be the bad cop.
Frances: There can't be two bad cops, it doesn't work.
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Crazy Credits

The producer would like to thank ... The Residents of Lower Kingswood (All that gunfire) ... See more »

Connections

References Charlie's Angels (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

High Heels and Low Life
Written by Charlie Mole and Gerry Deveaux
Performed by Mica Paris
Mixed by Steve Parr
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Thin but entertaining.
18 March 2003 | by Cipher-JSee all my reviews

If this was a film about two guys, it would seem silly, stupid and highly improbable. For that matter, it would be hard to believe if both of the women were Americans, and the setting was New York or Los Angeles. But the setting is Britain, and although one of the women is American, the other is more conventionally English. The mix makes for enough reasonable doubt that the story seems at least imaginable. Otherwise, plots in which two women are the central characters in a send-up of gangster films are rare, and this one is treated intelligently. The two women are smart and quick witted. In contrast, the bad guys are not just goof balls, like the title would seem to imply. They are creepy and dangerous, and the two gals soon find themselves in over their heads. The tension sometimes approaches real drama, but it is ultimately a comedy,. It is well worth watching, although the ending may seem a bit abrupt. The two ladies have minds of their own and some great lines to say.


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