Cass (2008)




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Loosely based on a true story, director Jon S. Baird's Cass traces the evolution of one individual from an infant with slim prospects to one of the most respected and feared individuals in the United Kingdom. Nonso Alonzie stars as the title character, who begins life as a Jamaican baby bereft of his parents, but promptly witnesses his fate and future turn an unexpected corner with his adoption by an elderly Caucasian couple. Pummeled mercilessly and bullied with racist taunts as a boy, Cass instinctively takes matters into his own hands and thus discovers a source of power and control, in violent action, that he never knew he possessed. Eventually, however, this path comes back to bite him via a assassination attempt against him, that is - mercifully - unsuccessful. In time, Cass reaches a fork in the road, and must choose between continuing to embrace the violence that has shaped and colored his life, or opting for more controlled and thoughtful approach to conflict.
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Leo Gregory
as Freeman
Gavin Brocker
as Prentice
Natalie Press
as Elaine
Robbie Gee
as Marion
Paul Kaye
as C.P.
Peter Wight
as Cecil
Bronson Webb
as Assassin
Azaria Omaboe
as Baby Georgie
Verelle Roberts
as Young Cass
Rorry Jennings
as Freeman
Joe Siffleet
as Young ICF Member
Dave Lea
as Bingo
Jayson Wheatley
as Prentice (14 years old)
Daniel Kaluuya
as Cass (14 years old)
Jamie Kenna
as Stevie Hogan
Johnny Palmeiro
as Shaun The Skinhead
Mario Demetriou
as Greek Waiter
Lucy Russell
as TV presenter
Helen Anderson
as Detective
Ralph Ineson
as Mullins, Sergeant
Gemma Baker
as Tracey
Liam Smith
as Gaffer
Renton Skinner
as Northern Comic
Callum Ruange
as Young PRentice (10 years old)
Jack Bence
as Teenage Bully 1
Nick Bartlett
as Pub Regular
Frank Bruno
as Frank
Sid Young
as Teenage Bully 2
Eddie Weber
as Prison Guard Ron
Bill Gardner
as Harry the Prisoner
Lee Tumbull
as Male Diner
Tiggy Allen
as Florist
Lucy Aylen
as Female Diner
Mick Robbins
as Prison Guard
Sarah Finnegan
as Woman Passer-by
Danny QPR
as Taxi Driver
Joe Eagen
as Joe the Barman
Georgina Pennant
as Officer Worker
harry David
as Assassin Gang
Charlie French
as Assassin Gang
Mark French
as Assassin Gang
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Critic Reviews for Cass

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

Though the narrative is saggy and you feel there's nowhere left to go after the first hour, a much-needed dash of class from Jon S Baird's direction helps lift 'Cass' above its oft-reactionary genre brethren.

Full Review… | July 30, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

The film's repetitive structure never quite resolves into something we can properly engage with, especially when a somewhat heavy-handed message rears its head.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Shadows on the Wall

This is an engaging, well made and sharply written British drama that is definitely worth seeing. Great soundtrack too.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008

There isn't, in fact, a single off-key performance in what is otherwise an ordinary film.

August 1, 2008
London Evening Standard

When Anozie isn't delivering a tired voiceover about honour on the terraces, we're treated to rubbish fights, feeble dialogue and mockney accents. Dreadful.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Daily Mirror (UK)

Crunchier than an ICF coshing and about as subtle.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Cass


It may not be directed by Nick Love, but apart from the racial element, this could have easily have been one of Love's films. Whilst it's based on a true story, we have seen it all before, the racial qualities bring out the unique story for Cass being brought up by white parents, but all in all it's another story of football violence.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


I thought this movie was captivating and its way of telling a story of a black man that was adopted by a white family during a racist time. It shows his struggle to overcome the adversity of a black man during this time time period. His ambitions and beliefs tell the tale.

Brian McGrath
Brian McGrath

This film is a perfect representation of football hooliganism, although very similar to other movies of its genre it manages to grab the viewers attention from beginning to end.

Chris Hatton
Chris Hatton

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