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Down Terrace (2010)



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Father and son Bill and Karl (real life father and son Bob and Robin Hill) have just been released from jail free and clear, but all is not well at Down Terrace. Patriarchs of a small crime family, their business is plagued with infighting. Karl has had more than he can take of his old man's philosophizing and preaching, and Bill thinks Karl's dedication to the family is seriously compromised when he takes up with an estranged girlfriend who claims to be carrying his baby. To make matters worse, there's an unidentified informant in their midst that could send them all to prison for a very long time, and none of their associates can be trusted. -- (C) Magnoliamore
Rating: R (for violence, pervasive language and some drug use)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ben Wheatley, Robin Hill
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 18, 2011
Box Office: $9.6k
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Tony Way
as Garvey
Mark Kempner
as Councillor Berman
Kitty Blue
as Pringle's Kid
Kali Peacock
as Mrs. Garvey
Janet Hill
as Mrs. Pringle
Simon Smith
as Bill's Band Member #...
Paul George
as Bill's Band Member #...
Simon Walker
as Bill's Band Member #...
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Critic Reviews for Down Terrace

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (10)

The British do kitchen-sink realism extremely well; they also have a nice way with black comedy. It's rare, however, to see the two as wickedly combined as they are in Down Terrace.

Full Review… | November 12, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A low-budget effort by British director Ben Wheatley, Down Terrace is an enjoyably nasty piece of business about a down-market sort of underworld clan.

Full Review… | November 11, 2010
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A dark and hilarious thwomping of the whole miserablist British gangster genre.

Full Review… | October 27, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Its litany of outrageous abuses and horrible crimes, as it careens from delicately phrased dinner-table insults to old ladies murdered in the street, is often gaspingly, ridiculously funny.

Full Review… | October 22, 2010
Top Critic

A grimly amusing portrait of a closed system in which the pressure is building to an explosion.

Full Review… | October 15, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Down Terrace is the auspicious feature debut of Ben Wheatley, who's spent a decade directing sitcoms, Web-isodes and commercials while fruitlessly pitching scripts to Hollywood.

Full Review… | October 15, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Down Terrace

Cast: Robert Hill, Robin Hill, Julia Deakin, David Schaal, Tony Way, Kerry Peacock, Michael Smiley, Mark Kempner, Kitty Blue, Gareth Tunley

Directed by: Ben Wheatley

Summary: Just released from jail, father-and-son crooks Karl (Robin Hill) and Bill (Robert Hill) attempt to keep their two-bit illegal enterprise from crumbling while ferreting out the snitch who squealed on them to the cops in this British black comedy. The suspects include Karl's wife (Julia Deakin) and pregnant gal pal (Kerry Peacock), a hit man (Michael Smiley) and a reviled family friend (Tony Way).

My Thoughts: "I spent most of the time going back and forth over the film because the character's have such thick British accents and speak fast and low, that I had trouble understanding it all. That was just my own frustration with it. The other is I couldn't really get into the film. It had some funny moments here and there, and the acting was just OK. It just wasn't very interesting for it to be a mob film. There's also a claustrophobic feeling with the film, cause most of it is taking place in a small house. The character's are disturbed and paranoid about one another. Everyone is deceiving the other one. It is a film that has been made and made much better. Not one I would see again."


Super Reviewer


"Down Terrace" starts with Karl(Robin Hill) being released from prison and returning to his parents'(Robert Hall & Julia Deakin) home to help out in the family business of selling illegal drugs. While there, Garvey(Tony Way) welcomes him back with a cold one. And Valda(Kerry Peacock), a pen pal, has a little surprise for him...

To be honest, I do not really know what to do with "Down Terrace." It could be a comedy, but it's not really funny and mostly people just sit around the house doing nothing. Okay, so maybe it is a kitchen sink drama about the perils of family but then it is hard to take seriously with the odd turns the plot takes. To quote Batman, criminals are a cowardly and superstitious lot and if they also use their own product, like they do here, a paranoid lot. But their actions should still have a rationale and the ending particularly does not make any sense.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


Superb, tiny budgeted film shot in sequence in one week. The performances are natural and engaging, the film looks fantastic (DP Laurie Rose is a master) and is wonderfully edited. Blackly funny and thrilling with an edge of harsh violence.

Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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