I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2004)



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For I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, director Mike Hodges re-teams with Trevor Preston, the respected British television writer with whom he made a series of documentaries for ITV back in the 1960s. The film also brings the director together again with actor Clive Owen, the star of his previous film, Croupier, which signaled Hodges' resurgence. Owen plays Will Graham, a former London gangster who moved out to the country after suffering a breakdown of some sort. Will works clearing forests, and lives … More

Rating: R (for language. a rape scene, violent images and brief drug use)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Trevor Preston
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 16, 2004
Box Office: $0.2M
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as Will Graham

as Mickser

as Frank Turner

as Arnie Ryan

as The Pathologist

as The Coroner

as Mrs. Bartz

as Partygiver Sheridan

as Partygoer David Myer...

as Partygoer Stella

as Partygoer Philippa

as Will's Friend Big Jo...

as Will's Friend Cannib...

as Will's Friend Arnie ...

as Turner 'sThug Al Sha...

as Turner's Thug Little...

as Turner's Driver Malo...

as Malone's Cousin Paul...

as Mrs. Calgani

as Calgani

as Algar the Foreman

as Annie the Waitress

as Hair the Taxi Driver

as Cyril

as Shopkeeper

as Will's Barber
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Critic Reviews for I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (31)

Languorous, elliptical and dull.

Full Review… | August 6, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Matching the movie's restrained style, Owen is extraordinarily still, and all the more riveting because of it.

Full Review… | July 30, 2004
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

While the performances are excellent and the Get Carter-in-reverse plot is intriguing, this is a film where atmospherics triumph over the script.

Full Review… | April 19, 2005

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead deftly traces the sad, steady pulse just under the skin of things . . . the lingering images etching out their own fitting epitaph.

February 10, 2005
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

...ended up sending us to slumberland a good deal sooner than the title implied.

Full Review… | January 4, 2005
New Times

Atmospheric post-noir film of the London underworld that never amounts to much of anything.

Full Review… | November 18, 2004
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Audience Reviews for I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

Clive Owen, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brian Croucher, Charlotte Rampling, Malcolm McDowell, Marc O'Shea, Damian Dibben

DIRECTED BY: Mike Hodges

It doesn't really matter what this film was about. All I know is that it not only had Clive Owen in it but it also had Jonathan Rhys Meyers in it and it still couldn't keep me interested. It was by far the most boring thriller I have ever seen, maybe the only. This is what I would call a sleepy thriller. I did shut my eyes a couple times and didn't even miss a thing. Just very disappointed. I had wanted to see this and the trailer made it look like it would be a decent thriller. Lies.. LOL.. Also the actress Charlotte Rampling plays Owens past love interest. Is it just me or did she seem a bit old for the part? I had thought she was their mother.. My mistake I guess.. Anyways, most of the time I say see it for yourself since all our tastes are not the same, and I will do so with this one as well. Maybe it's from the long day that I have had that I felt that this movie was sleepy.. or I was just sleepy.. Maybe I should watch it again.. but I am certain I will come to the same conclusion... Boring and disappoiniting..


Super Reviewer

Utterly boring! It shows no sign of excitement until more than half way through. The best part of the film is definitely near the end.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

I'm sure there are other films that have wasted their great casts as miserably as this, I just can't think of any right now. Clive Owen's character is stoic to the point of mannequin-ism, Malcolm McDowell shows up for five seconds and rapes Jonathan Meyers (who dies in the first 45 min) and Charlotte Rumpling isn't even playing British royalty!
If there's any statement in this film at all it's the glaring black hole that is the total and utter lack of direction. It seems Mike Hodges' "wander until it looks right" technique wasn't so groundbreaking after all...shame really.

Brett Warren

Super Reviewer

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