Among Giants (1999)
Simon Beaufoy, of The Full Monty, scripted this British romantic comedy-drama. Like The Full Monty, this is also set among the working class of Sheffield, England. With his pal Steve (James Thornton) and others, Ray (Pete Postlethwaite) paints electrical pylons across the Yorkshire countryside, and that work separates him from his wife. When young Australian hitchhiker Gerry (Rachel Griffiths) wants to join the paint crew, Ray signs her up. Despite the age gap, it's not long before they're a twosome. Gerry moves in with Ray, and at one point, they both run about nude in an abandoned nuclear power plant. When Gerry decides to seduce Steve, triangular tensions escalate. The BBC's Sam Miller made his feature directorial debut with this film, shown at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi … More
as Steve's Dad
as Ray's Son
as Ray's Daughter
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Critic Reviews for Among Giants
First time director Sam Miller drenches the whole thing with excessive helicopter shots, swirling crane shots, and thundering music, ruining the whole experience.
There is little Griffiths or Postlethwaite can do to fill out Beaufoy's underwritten, uninvolving script.
Offers a few new twists on the theme that love always changes everything and, for that reason, is both exhilarating and scary. Email This Review
The director transcends the pitfalls of sentimentality that beleaguer so many earnest blue-collar movies these days.
Among Giants' blah story of love among the high tension wires is a limp disappointment of voltages dashed.
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