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Awaydays is an overwrought coming-of-age drama that romanticizes the violence of 1970s street culture in Liverpool and neglects the requisites of a good script. Read critic reviews

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In England, 19-year-old Paul Carty (Nicky Bell) is bored with middle-class life. After his mother dies, Carty gets his friend Elvis (Liam Boyle), to induct him into The Pack, a group of soccer hooligans. Obsessed with The Pack and hanging out with the group's leader, Godden (Stephen Graham), Carty ignores his sister (Holly Grainger) and becomes immersed in a world of sex, drugs and music -- until someone ends up dead, and his relationship with Elvis gets a bit more complicated.

Cast & Crew

Nicky Bell
Paul Carty
Oliver Lee
Baby Millan
Lee Battle
Billy Powell
Michael Ryan
Marty O'Conner
Kevin Sampson
Screenwriter
David A. Hughes
Original Music
Michelle Smith
Casting
Mark Tanner
Production Design
Lucienne Suren
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Critic Reviews for Awaydays

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (19)

  • The performances are good, actually - particularly Bell's - but the film lacks any context... Ultimately, what's it all about, pussycat? No idea.

    August 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Bell's wholehearted performance and the film's convincingly scuzzy atmosphere don't make up for the big hole in the script.

    May 28, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There's no shortage of movies about Britain's mean streets and, for the most part, Awaydays runs with the pack.

    May 22, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film falls down in its effort to make credible the background stories of its well-performed lead characters.

    May 22, 2009 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • All around him the movie drips with atmosphere. The evocative sense of place is overwhelming, and perhaps the real star. Birkenhead in 1979 may not have been like this. But it is now.

    May 22, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • To these figures, Sampson applies an almost hysterical level of romanticisation, and it sort of works - especially when all the impossibly yearning post-punk music on the soundtrack really gets going.

    May 22, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Awaydays

  • Aug 25, 2010
    Control meets The Firm is sense of feel, but there are a number of flaws with the plot and character development which left me feeling that it could have been so much more. Not a bad attempt though at a gritty Brit drama.
    Jon H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2009
    a look at 2 young guys meeting throuugh football viloence in 1979, and how one inocent guys views canchange,and get better of him, a wellmade british effort,capturing the late 70s well,with great tunes and a look to it, some good acting fromthe two,and supporting players
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  • Sep 20, 2009
    Hugely dissapointed with this...what the hell it thought it was supposed to be I dont know. There is no comparrison between books and the film adaptation but this one was even worse....I have absolutely no problems with people being gay but this film wasnt s0 sure. I know it was set in 1979 but is it a love story? Is it film about football violence or people being bored with their ordinary lives?.....God knows cause this film didnt...I sat there totally bemused and im sure most of you will be too.....so much potential so little outcome.....and the fight scenes were crap!
    Barry L Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2009
    A really badly made film in many respects and the zero budget is glaringly obvious right from the start. Of course a low budget doesn't make a bad film and can often go in the film's favour, helping to give a film a raw, gritty and more credible feel for example. But good direction doesn't cost anything and here they don't seem to have bothered at all. It often feels like the actors were left to get on with it by themselves - unwise with a cast of (mostly) unknowns. The story is all over the place and characterisation is hamfisted and mealymouthed. So why did I like it so much??... Maybe cus it's British and cheaply made and, funnily enough, it's not some dumb horror? Maybe cus there are no big stars, or celeb endorsements, or product placement, media hype, explosions or smug knowing in-jokes. Maybe it's cus The News Of The World slagged it off? Or maybe I'm just a sucker for a story about a homo, tortured by self-loathing and unrequited love, set to a fantastic soundtrack? (it is FUCKING fantastic!). Maybe cus it's a failure but at least they tried? Actually it's all of the above. It's certainly nowhere near in the same league as 'Control' or the best of Shane Meadows (to which some lazy critics have compared it to) but despite (and sometimes because of) it's many flaws it's not a bad little film and I really enjoyed it.
    William S Super Reviewer

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