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This black-humored thriller features characters who are more obnoxious than clever. During the second half, the movie descends into gratuitous violence. Read critic reviews

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When accountant David (Christopher Eccleston), doctor Juliet (Kerry Fox) and journalist Alex (Ewan McGregor) are searching for a fourth roommate for their trendy flat, they settle on the aloof Hugo (Keith Allen). However, they soon find Hugo dead of a drug overdose, beside a large sum of cash. After some deliberation, the three others decide to keep the money and to dismember and bury Hugo's body. Soon, each roommate starts thinking about keeping all the money by scamming the others.

Cast & Crew

Kerry Fox
Juliet Miller
Ken Stott
Detective Inspector McCall
Colin McCredie
Cameron
David Scoular
Cash Machine Victim
Bill Denistoun
Master of Ceremonies
John Bett
Brian McKinley
Tony Curran
Travel Agent
Elspeth Cameron
Elderly Woman
Paul Doonan
Newspaper Office Boy
Allan Scott
Executive Producer
Simon Boswell
Original Music
Brian Tufano
Cinematographer
Kave Quinn
Production Design
Zoe MacLeod
Art Direction
Karen Wakefield
Set Decoration
Kate Carin
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Critic Reviews for Shallow Grave

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  • Apr 09, 2013
    Danny Boyle's debut film is incredibly taut and chilling. With dark undertones and great performances (McGregor does very well), Boyle creates a moody thriller with an engaging plot but maybe with too loose of an ending.
    Kase V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2012
    Nice bit of suspense work here particularly on the part of McGregor. Nice change of pace for the actors in adapting their characters when the stress increases.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2012
    An unsettling, well-made slice of horror meets drama concerning three roommates who find their newly fourth dead in his room with a suitcase full of money by his side. Instead of calling the police, they decide to do whatever they can to keep the money, even if it means disposing of the body in an inhumane way. Like most first features from great directors, Danny Boyle's first film is full of raw, unadulterated violence that is indeed very disturbing. While none of the characters are particularly that likable, the "Breaking Bad"-esque change in character that Christopher Eccleston's David undergoes is absolutely arresting, even if it is a bit of a stretch. While the film nearly loses itself in its final half, notably with a melodramatic conclusion, it still has a frenetic pace and paranoid atmosphere that makes it impossible to look away from. Not for all tastes, but certainly a memorable little movie that will not leave you quickly.
    Dan S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2012
    I would have liked a little more exploration into the world of the film. Basically, I'm still not sure if the characters are meant to be representative of certain personality types or realistic. In either case, this is a rough sketch on Boyle's part. But I like what's there, specifically that its a thriller that revolves around shifting alliances and mind games.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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