Gangster No. 1 (2000)
|Rating:||R (for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, and brief drug use and nudity)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Paul McGuigan|
|Written By:||Johnny Ferguson|
|In Theaters:||Jan 1, 2000 Wide|
|On DVD:||Oct 8, 2002|
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as Gangster 55
as Young Gangster
as Mad John
as Fat Charlie
as Lennie Taylor
as Bloke in Tailor's
as Dodgy Geezer
as Rough Diamond
as Smashing Bloke
as Toilet Attendant
as Jack the Lad
as Giggler Bennett
as Bent Cop
as Fat Charlie's Girl
as Roland's Girl
as Rowland's Girl
as Thug car
as Freddie's Attacker
as Club Manager
as Attacker's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Gangster No. 1
Director Paul McGuigan and cast infuse the proceedings with a strong dose of psychotic gusto and visual flare.
Doesn't offer much besides glib soullessness, raunchy language and a series of brutal set pieces ... that raise the bar on stylized screen violence.
Audience Reviews for Gangster No. 1
Gangster No. 1 will never be the no. 1 gangster film, if nothing else, because its title is no good, but it's got its charm. Paul Bettany plays a very believable psychotic mastermind, and Malcolm McDowell plays, well, a very believable psychotic mastermind all grown up. Plus, there's a lot of cool, well-shot violence. Lot of well-made sets and costumes, too. But the story is pretty predictable, mostly believable but certainly predictable.
Gangster 55: I'm Superman! King fucking Kong! I can pick you up and throw you a million miles. I'm number one.
"It's not who you know, it's who you kill."
I'll admit it did take me awhile to warm up to Gangster No. 1, but it did turn out to be a really good English Gangster film. What won me over were the performances by Paul Bettany, Malcolm McDowell and David Thewlis. Each of those actors gave an outstanding performance. The movie chronicles the rise and fall of Gangster No. 55, played by Paul Bettany when he's young and Malcolm McDowell when he's old. Both actors really sell the character and make the Gangster a very interesting character. I always enjoy watching Malcolm McDowell and he gives a sinister performance. He also does an extremely good voice over throughout the entire movie. Bettany is equally sinister and really makes the movie.
Gangster No. 1 or as I prefer, The Gangster with No Name, does have it's flaws though. Many times the film comes of as an exercise in style of substance. It uses a lot of different editing techniques that I don't think helps the movie at all. If anything, I believe it hurts it. Like I said it did take me awhile to get into the movie. It didn't really become captivating until half way through, but from there on out it really is a great movie. Honestly I almost turned it off a few times in the firs 45 minutes, but I'm really glad a gave it a shot.
It's not going to be a gangster classic by any means. It borrows from a lot of previous films, but in the end it does separate it's self from all of them. It's a cool, stylistic and well-acted movie.
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