Down Terrace (2010)



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Father and son Bill and Karl (real life father and son Bob and Robin Hill) have just been released from jail free and clear, but all is not well at Down Terrace. Patriarchs of a small crime family, their business is plagued with infighting. Karl has had more than he can take of his old man's philosophizing and preaching, and Bill thinks Karl's dedication to the family is seriously compromised when he takes up with an estranged girlfriend who claims to be carrying his baby. To make matters worse, there's an unidentified informant in their midst that could send them all to prison for a very long time, and none of their associates can be trusted. -- (C) Magnolia
R (for violence, pervasive language and some drug use)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Bob Hill
as Bill
Robin Hill
as Karl
Julia Deakin
as Maggie
Tony Way
as Garvey
Michael Smiley
as Pringle
Mark Kempner
as Councillor Berman
Kitty Blue
as Pringle's Kid
Gareth Tunley
as Johnny
Kali Peacock
as Mrs. Garvey
Janet Hill
as Mrs. Pringle
Simon Smith
as Bill's Band Member #1
Paul George
as Bill's Band Member #2
Simon Walker
as Bill's Band Member #3
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Critic Reviews for Down Terrace

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (10)

The British do kitchen-sink realism extremely well; they also have a nice way with black comedy. It's rare, however, to see the two as wickedly combined as they are in Down Terrace.

Full Review… | November 12, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A low-budget effort by British director Ben Wheatley, Down Terrace is an enjoyably nasty piece of business about a down-market sort of underworld clan.

Full Review… | November 11, 2010
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A dark and hilarious thwomping of the whole miserablist British gangster genre.

Full Review… | October 27, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Its litany of outrageous abuses and horrible crimes, as it careens from delicately phrased dinner-table insults to old ladies murdered in the street, is often gaspingly, ridiculously funny.

October 21, 2010
Top Critic

A grimly amusing portrait of a closed system in which the pressure is building to an explosion.

October 15, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Down Terrace is the auspicious feature debut of Ben Wheatley, who's spent a decade directing sitcoms, Web-isodes and commercials while fruitlessly pitching scripts to Hollywood.

Full Review… | October 14, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Down Terrace

Sour people and places, slapstick serial killing and reality organised crime, with a streak of hippy and folk culture, plus some charming music. An excellent ensemble cast delivers this portrait of the English criminal class, who look and sound just like anyone else you might meet in the average neighbourhood. It takes a while, but not all that long, to see them as they really are. The film is also a finely constructed, if blunt, allegory for the passage of time, the rise and fall of power, and generational change. It is delivered with sophisticated English wit, and plenty of laughs.

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Superb, tiny budgeted film shot in sequence in one week. The performances are natural and engaging, the film looks fantastic (DP Laurie Rose is a master) and is wonderfully edited. Blackly funny and thrilling with an edge of harsh violence.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer


"Down Terrace" starts with Karl(Robin Hill) being released from prison and returning to his parents'(Robert Hall & Julia Deakin) home to help out in the family business of selling illegal drugs. While there, Garvey(Tony Way) welcomes him back with a cold one. And Valda(Kerry Peacock), a pen pal, has a little surprise for him... To be honest, I do not really know what to do with "Down Terrace." It could be a comedy, but it's not really funny and mostly people just sit around the house doing nothing. Okay, so maybe it is a kitchen sink drama about the perils of family but then it is hard to take seriously with the odd turns the plot takes. To quote Batman, criminals are a cowardly and superstitious lot and if they also use their own product, like they do here, a paranoid lot. But their actions should still have a rationale and the ending particularly does not make any sense.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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