The Krays (1990)


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Peter Medak directed this fact-based drama, chronicling the lives of the infamous Kray Brothers, notorious celebrities in 60s London. The Krays were twin gangsters who ruled London's stylish East End club scene, staking out their territory by committing the most violent crimes imaginable, preferring to perform the most torturous acts themselves. The film stars Gary Kemp and Martin Kemp, founding members of the pop group Spandau Ballet, as Ronald and Reginald Kray. The film opens as their mother … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Philip Ridley
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On DVD: May 22, 1991
Miramax Films



as Reggie Kray

as Reginald Kray

as Violet Kray

as Cannonball Lee

as Frances

as Charlie Kray Sr.

as Jack `The Hat' McVit...

as George Cornell

as Steve

as Mr. Lawson

as Mrs. Lawson

as Judy, Singer in Club

as Charlie Kray Jr.

as Ronald Kray (age 3)

as Reginald Kray (age 3...

as Ronald Kray (age 8)

as Reginald Kray (age 8...

as Ronald Kray (age 10)

as Shopkeeper

as Reginald Kray (age 1...

as Charlie Pelham

as Newsagent

as Sharon Pellam

as Policeman

as Regal Manager

as Jack's Girlfriend

as Man Cut Outside Rega...

as Young Eddie

as Midwife
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 1, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Krays


I could have sworn I've reviewed this before!? Anyway, The Krays has certainly stood the test of time. It remains as powerful as it was on its release, even if the actors haven't. Peter Medak made sure not to skip over any detail too, I've seen a few other versions were Ronald Kray's homosexuality wasn't even mentioned. I've never understood the admiration the Krays have received over the years, charismatic yes but nasty pieces of work also but this film remains faithful to their story to its credit.

Anthony Lawrie

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I can't believe this film is 20 years old!

It was a much awaited British film at the time of it's release and the first of many to spark the gangster/celebrity true crime genre.

The film itself, is not a greatly made film, the Kemp brothers weren't necessarily the best choice for the roles, there are major discrepancies between the film and later books that were released and of course many unproven things at that time, that couldn't make it into the film itself. Perhaps at some point there will be a much more accurate telling of the story, but I'm sure that will take a long while until it can be made, rumours spread for many years that Ray Winstone would be offered the chance to play both Ron and Reg, but that doesn't seem to have materialised.

What I did like about this film was how they showed the war days, the poverty, the East End spirit and the background where the boys grew up. Billie Whitelaw was also a credit to this cast and gave an enjoyable performance.

I haven't watched the film for years, but there must be something I really liked about it, as I still seem to know every quoteable line from it.

If you are a fan of true crime stories, then it's certainly worth a watch.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


Based on the true story of identical twin brothers Ronald and Reginald Kray, the drama of the most notorious British crime lords focuses on character to include homosexuality, a domineering mother, and jealousy leading to hyperviolent bloodletting, rather than the glamorization of the gangster lifestyle.

The Brits love their gangster movies, especially when they're about Brits, and The Krays has enough to stand alongside some of the best gangster films to date. Considering the stars of the film, Martin and Gary Kemp, are from the 80's group Spandau Ballet, this movie is anything but soft.

El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

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