Among Giants (1999)



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Simon Beaufoy, of The Full Monty, scripted this British romantic comedy-drama. Like The Full Monty, this is also set among the working class of Sheffield, England. With his pal Steve (James Thornton) and others, Ray (Pete Postlethwaite) paints electrical pylons across the Yorkshire countryside, and that work separates him from his wife. When young Australian hitchhiker Gerry (Rachel Griffiths) wants to join the paint crew, Ray signs her up. Despite the age gap, it's not long before they're a twosome. Gerry moves in with Ray, and at one point, they both run about nude in an abandoned nuclear power plant. When Gerry decides to seduce Steve, triangular tensions escalate. The BBC's Sam Miller made his feature directorial debut with this film, shown at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
R (for language and sexuality/nudity)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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20th Century Fox

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Pete Postlethwaite
as Raymond 'Ray'
James Thornton
as Steven 'Steve'
Rob Jarvis
as Weasel
Lennie James
as Shovel
Emma Cunniffe
as Barmaid
Alvin Blossom
as Steve's Dad
Sam Wilkinson
as Ray's Son
Jo Wilkinson
as Ray's Daughter
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Critic Reviews for Among Giants

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

First time director Sam Miller drenches the whole thing with excessive helicopter shots, swirling crane shots, and thundering music, ruining the whole experience.

Full Review… | May 25, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

There is little Griffiths or Postlethwaite can do to fill out Beaufoy's underwritten, uninvolving script.

Full Review… | January 11, 2004

Offers a few new twists on the theme that love always changes everything and, for that reason, is both exhilarating and scary. Email This Review

Full Review… | March 3, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

The director transcends the pitfalls of sentimentality that beleaguer so many earnest blue-collar movies these days.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

Among Giants' blah story of love among the high tension wires is a limp disappointment of voltages dashed.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Nitrate Online

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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[font=Arial]I watched “Among Giants” without knowing who exactly are in the movie. It came as a surprise to find out Pete Postlethwaite and Rachel Griffiths lead the film. The impression of Rachel in “Hilary and Jack” is still vivid, since I recently watched that one for the second or third times. As for Pete, It has been a long time since I saw his credibly acclaimed “in the name of the father”. His performance in “Among Giants” bring back memory how good he was in “ in the name of the father”. He was not at all outshined by Daniel day-Lewis. [/font][font=Arial]They played an unlikely couple, having huge age difference between them. Yet it’s not all unlikely they would fall for each other. They both have this unique characteristic in them. There was full frontal scene of Pete which really surprised me (considering he is not really that young). Yet he played it out so naturally, I even find these coolness and sexiness in him. [/font] [font=Arial]Though some of the scenes are good, the script is kind of weak, ending totally predictable. This is the kind of movie that you see the actors, not about the story or direction. [/font]

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