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Incendiary (2008)

A woman's life is forever changed when tragedy strikes at a soccer match.

Director:

Sharon Maguire

Writers:

Chris Cleave (novel), Sharon Maguire
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Williams ... Young Mother
Ewan McGregor ... Jasper Black
Matthew Macfadyen ... Terrence Butcher
Nicholas Gleaves ... Lenny
Sidney Johnston ... The Boy
Usman Khokhar Usman Khokhar ... The Bomber's Son
Sasha Behar Sasha Behar ... The Bomber's Wife
Ed Hughes ... Danny Walsh (as Edward Hughes)
Alibe Parsons ... Pearl
Stewart Wright ... Charlie
Al Ashton Al Ashton ... Male Survivor (as Al Hunter Ashton)
Benjamin Wilkin Benjamin Wilkin ... Young Policeman
Robin Berry Robin Berry ... Dazed Supporter
Mercy Ojelade Mercy Ojelade ... Nurse Mena
Joe Marshall Joe Marshall ... Gary / VT Man
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Storyline

Grief, guilt, and betrayal. In North London, a young mother dotes on her four-year-old son and lives in a modest flat with her husband, a cop in the bomb squad. The Arsenal football team is their religion. On May Day, a major terrorist attack brings tragedy while she is in the arms of a rich reporter who lives over the road. She wishes she were dead. In grief and guilt, she pursues revenge, faces betrayal, experiences delusions, and may be suicidal. Two men seek her affection: the reporter and a colleague of her husband's who imagines caravan camping with her on a beach. In London, the city of the Great Fire and of Hitler's bombardment, is there any way back to life for her? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The truth can blow you apart.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a strong sex scene and brief language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The last feature film of Nicholas Courtney. See more »

Goofs

When Ewan MacGregor's character is checking the attendees list for the May Day game the game shows as Chelsea v Arsenal indicating that Chelsea were the home team, however the explosion was said to be in North London, presumably at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, and the Chelsea ground is in West London. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Boy: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Go...
The Boy: Mummy you blinked, I won.
Young Mother: Yes you did. Now in you get. Tomorrow we're going to the sea-side.
Young Mother: [narration - boy running on the beach] So, if I'm going to show you my life, better start here. My boy, in Camber Sands. Why this and why now? I'll come back to that.
The Boy: Mummy!
Young Mother: [narration] A force of nature was what the midwife called him when he came howling into this world four years ago. And he hasn't stopped since.
The Boy: Mummy!
Young Mother: [narration] Me and him spend a lot of time together on ...
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Connections

References Top Gear (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Ooh Baby Baby
Written by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson) and Warren Moore
Performed by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
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Everyone is a critic!
17 December 2008 | by shultzlSee all my reviews

I have seen a negative review on this movie and I have to say that I am very tired of people picking apart movies to show how smart they think they are! This was a tragic and beautifully filmed movie that reminded me so much of The Sweet Hereafter. I believe that some people have a hard time watching others go through tragedy and grief and are uncomfortable expressing themselves. This movie drew a lump to my throat the size of a golf ball and made me hug my son extra hard at bedtime. Michelle Williams gives another outstanding performance and Ewan MacGregor is, as always, a complete pleasure to watch on screen. This film will come out on DVD this year and I would urge anyone with a heart to embrace it.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Incendiary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$304,127
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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