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Made in Britain (1982)

Made in Britain





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Director Alan Clarke's influential television drama Made in Britain marked the screen debut of actor Tim Roth. Roth plays Trevor, a skinhead with a swastika tattoo on his forehead who lashes out verbally and sometimes physically at everything that surrounds him. Cinematographer Chris Menges (who would go on to win Oscars for his work on The Killing Fields and The Mission), gets his camera right in Roth's snarling face, as the film tracks Trevor's progress through the British justice system. In the courtroom, charged with attacking a Pakistani man and vandalizing his store, Trevor displays absolutely no remorse as he matter-of-factly admits that he knew the man would have to be hospitalized for his injuries. Trevor's social worker, Harry (Eric Richard), recognizes Trevor's intelligence, but he's running out of ways to convince Trevor to straighten out his life. Harry takes him to a juvenile detention center for "assessment," after which he'll be sentenced. Trevor immediately dismisses Peter (Bill Stewart), the put-upon supervisor of the center, as a "wanker." He meets his black roommate, Errol (Terry Richards), whom he quickly convinces to come out with him on a car-stealing, glue-sniffing, job-center-vandalizing day trip. Brazenly returning to the detention center in a stolen car, Trevor eventually provokes Peter into locking him in a classroom, so a police superintendent (Geoffrey Hutchings) can harangue him about the hopeless path his life is taking. Trevor refuses to accept the center's (and society's) standards for "good behavior," raging that they all just want everyone to follow the rules and keep their mouths shut. The script was written by David Leland (Wish You Were Here) and the songs on the soundtrack are by the anarchist hardcore band the Exploited. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Television
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Written By: David Leland
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On DVD: Feb 28, 2006


Vass Anderson
as Canteen Manager
Sean Chapman
as Barry Giller
Geoffrey Hutchings
as Superintendent
Jean Marlow
as Job Centre Woman
Eric Richard
as Harry Parker
Tim Roth
as Trevor
Jirí Stanislav
as Man on Stairs #2
Bill Stewart
as Peter Clive
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Tim Roth's tour-de-force debut role. The film itself has little to nothing to say. Gritty cinematography with cold and sloppy storytelling. Roth, again, is mesmerizing.

Pierluigi Puccini

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Made in Britain, Brilliant it captivates some londoners true love for britain there own country and how people feel about foreigners and Tim Roth played the part fantasticulary he was excellent this movie is funy with tim roths witty back chat and just an enjoyable film to watch, although the ending just seems to abrupt and for a very short movie of just 1hr 11mins i think the ending should have been better!
but this movie is really worth a watch especially if your a tim roth fan!

Film Crazy

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Long before Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Tim Roth stars in this drama about a British skinhead racist that is anti-authority and heading for a path of self-destruction.

A good early performance by Roth, but lacked in gritty storyline ? it?s certainly not a ?This is England?.



Lady D'arbanville

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