Character: Ray
Original Release: September 26, 1997 (UK)
Directed by: Antonia Bird
Written by: Ronan Bennett
Produced by: Elinor Day
Running Time: 105 minutes

A bitter former idealist, Ray (Robert Carlyle) plans a daring heist with his buddy Dave (Ray Winstone), who is a seasoned criminal. Joining the pair are the restless Julian (Philip Davis), ex-con Stevie (Steven Waddington) and aspiring mobster Jason (Damon Albarn).

While the crew pulls off the robbery, the amount that they make out with is much less than expected. This situation causes conflict within the group, resulting in violence, betrayal and even murder.

Cast & Characters

Ray Winstone (Dave), Steven Waddington (Stevie), Philip Davis (Julian), Damon Albarn (Jason), Lena Headey (Connie), Andrew Tiernan (Chris), Peter Vaughan (Sonny), Christine Tremarco (Sarah), Sue Johnston (Alice), Steve Sweeney (Weasel), Gerry Conlon (Vince)

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Filming Locations:
  • Court Street, Whitechapel, London, England, UK
  • Bancroft Road, Mile End, London, England, UK
  • Wightman Road, Harringay, London, England, UK
  • Robert Carlyle admitted working with Damon was ‘a nightmare’ and when pressed further, said: “popstars shouldn’t act, just like actors shouldn’t sing.”
  • The character Vince, who at the start of the film is the drug dealer robbed by Ray and Dave, is played by Gerry Conlon (born March 1, 1954; died June 21, 2014) who - in real life - was one of the 'Guildford Four' wrongly convicted of the 1974 IRA bombing of two pubs in the English town of Guildford.
  • This was Robert Carlyle's third project with Antonia Bird, after Safe (1993) and Priest (1994).

Awards & Nominations

Cognac Festival du Film Policier Critics Awards - Antonia Bird
Cognac Festival du Film Policier Grand Prix Award - Antonia Bird
Evening Standard British Film Award as Best Actor - Robert Carlyle
London Critics Circle Film Award as British Actor of the Year - Robert Carlyle

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