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- Running time
- 96 min.
- United Kingdom
Robert Carlyle, Emer McCourt, Jimmy Coleman, George Moss, Ricky Tomlinson, David Finch, Derek Young, Richard Belgrave, Bill Moores, Luke Kelly, Peter Mullan
Film4 Productions, Parallax Pictures. Distributor: Fine Line Features
Comedy. Drama | Social Drama
- Stevie (Robert Carlyle), a young Glaswegian just out of prison, comes down to London and gets a job on a building site -- a melting pot of itinerant labourers from all over the country -- where he has to contend with Mick the bossy ganger trying but usually failing to control his workers; three hilarious scousers, Shem, Mo and Larry (Ricky Tomlinson); and the other lads as they duck and dive through the rules and regulations of the building trade. In addition, Stevie has other problems to contend with: the wages are low, the site teems with rats, he has nowhere to sleep, and life in London isn't easy. One day on his way to work, Stevie finds a handbag in a skip. He returns it to its owner, Susan, a no-talent singer plagued by depression and neediness.
: Cannes Film Festival: Critic Award
: European Film Awards: Best Film
: Goya Awards: Nominated for Best European Movie
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