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Riff-Raff

Riff-Raff (1991)

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Critic Reviews: 3
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 0

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Socialist-leaning British director Ken Loach kicked off a decade's worth of acclaimed cinema with this surprisingly comic tale of working class laborers at a North London building site, written by Bill Jesse, a real-life construction worker who died before the film's release. Scottish ex-con Stevie (Robert Carlyle) finds work on a non-union crew converting a hospital into luxury condos. Like most of his coworkers, Stevie is homeless and finds a place to live by squatting in an abandoned

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Drama, Comedy

Bill Jesse

Jul 21, 1993

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (1) | DVD (1)

Laced with humor, this is a humanistic tribute to the survival with dignity of the British working class

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Screendaily
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Compelling proletarian social consience urban drama set in London.

September 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Riff-Raff

A great slice of life from the king of gritty, Mr. Ken Loach. Ricky Tomlinson steals the show somewhat, the script - particularly his lines are very typical of him but also Loach with a little bit of Mike Leigh thrown in for good measure. This is very much my kind of film and a great example of the fantastic independent films that were being made in London/England in the early 90's. Brilliant stuff!
September 5, 2011
SirPant

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This film is a slow starting one, with very little storyline throughout, it?s billed as a documentary style film, which does come across, but not quite how you?d expect that to be. Something drives this and makes you stay with it, despite it?s lack of excitement, this is a pretty miserable film.
September 23, 2010
76Majikat

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Not the true life story of a character from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Riff-Raff is another worthy addition to the Ken Loach series of working class folks oozing with real dramatics.
July 23, 2012
John Ballantine

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    1. Stevie: Depression's for the middle classes.
    – Submitted by Frances H (8 months ago)
    1. Susan: If I don't say good night, I'll be saying good morning.
    – Submitted by Frances H (8 months ago)
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