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Raining Stones (1993)


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Bob (Bruce Jones) lives with his wife Anne (Julie Brown) and his daughter Coleen (Gemma Phoenix) in a poor English town. Bob scrapes by with whatever odd jobs come his way -- working as a bouncer, stealing green turf, cleaning septic tanks. Although Bob has no money and is living on the dole, he is determined to buy his daughter a dress for her first communion. The local parish priest (Tom Hickey) suggests that Bob settle cheaper and get a second-hand dress for Coleen's communion. But Bob will


Drama, Comedy

Jim Allen

Jun 12, 2007

Koch Lorber Films

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Ken Loach Awarded Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear
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Brisk, richly characterized fiction that cuts as deeply and truly as any documentary.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Without ever mentioning politics, Loach makes the most powerful and effective of political statements -- one that relies on subtlety and the intelligence of the audience.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Gripping and sadly true to life.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The film is good-hearted and the characters are easy to identify with, but what I liked best was the underlying humor, even in this desperate situation.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Ken Loach: the master.

May 23, 2008

A Ken Loach masterpiece. Deals with poverty-stricken Irish Catholic's struggle to raise money for his daughter's communion dress.

August 12, 2007 Full Review Source:

A gripping and occasionally disturbing look at parental sacrifice.

September 29, 2002
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With a delightfully unexpected ending and keen characterizations throughout, Raining Stones is an entertaining look at working class life on the edge of desperation.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Raining Stones

Along with Riff-raff and Naked, to name just a couple, Raining Stones marks a rather special time in film. Early 90's realism like this really got me into film. Seeing the beauty in not just every day things but in the down-trodden and desperate. When people think of little Britain and classic British film, everyone remembers Scum and Made in Britain that came before and Nil by Mouth that came after but they forget these overlooked gems. These are the films that really portray a slice of Britain that was/are real and many people can relate to. Ken Loach is a great director, everything he does is full of passion and good nature, no victim is ever victimised either which when you look back at, is unfortunately not the case in many films of the era. These people are where they are by no fault of their own, aren't drug takers of thugs. Maybe this is why he picked non-actors in the main roles, it's hard to believe that this was Bruce Jones's first role. Both he and Ricky Tomlinson had colourful lives before acting; Bruce Jones discovered the body of murdered prostitute Jean Jordan, a victim of the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and Ricky Tomlinson was a militant trade unionist. In 1973 he was imprisoned for 15 months for organising flying pickets as part of a building workers' strike. This only adds to the realism and charm. An overlooked great.
January 3, 2014

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Another beauty by Ken Loach. Powerful and effective in delivery. The viewer is forced to pick up the hidden nuggests of meaning embedded.
July 4, 2012
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