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In this debut feature film from young British writer-director Shane Meadows, an unemployed ex-boxer, Alan Darcy (Bob Hoskins), borrows money from a gangster to set up a boxing club in his small, gritty English city. Darcy narrates the story from his diary notes. Boxing saved him from a wasted youth, and Darcy promotes the idea to the town fathers as a gang-prevention strategy. The town's economy is in shambles and the young men have nothing to look forward to. Darcy gives them a reason to live and a dream, converting their violent energy to sport and fostering a sense of camaraderie and sportsmanship. First he wins them over by playing soccer with them, then he lures them into his lessons on boxing. He drives them hard to prepare them for their first match, against boxers from a rival local team. Darcy has the team poised to win when one of his best fighter's parents threatens to pull him from the match.

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Bob Hoskins
as Alan Darcy
James Hooton
as Knighty
Frank Harper
as Ronnie Marsh
Pamela Cundell
as Auntie Iris
Gina Aris
as Sharon
Mat Hand
as Fagash
Bruce Jones
as Tim's Dad/Geoff
Annette Badland
as Tim's Mum/Pat
Krishan Beresford
as Young Darcy
Lord Dominic Dillon of Eldon
as Court Security Man
Ian Smith
as Prosecutor
Tanya Myers
as Sally the Judge
Tony Nyland
as Gadget's Dad
Colin Higgins
as Knighty's Dad
Paul Fraser
as Photographer
Ladene Hall
as Daz's Girlfriend
Dena Smiles
as Meggy's Girlfriend
John Baxter
as Man Outside Shop
Maureen O'Grady
as Knighty's Mum
Shane Meadows
as Man With Saucepan on Head
Ben Rothwell
as Man Selling Flowers
Ron Bissell
as Boxing Match Judge
Mick Bleakley
as Boxing Match Judge
Derek Osborne
as Boxing Match Judge
Derek Groomsbridge
as Staffordshire Coach
Liam Walsh
as Staffordshire Boxer
Kevin Wallace
as Staffordshire Boxer
Dave Miller
as Phil `The Animal' Yeats
Ginger Keane
as Stephen S. Stephenson
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Critic Reviews for Twentyfourseven

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Audience Reviews for Twentyfourseven

  • Jul 20, 2010
    Touching performance from Bob Hoskins and a witty script make for a low key gem.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2010
    calling all shane meadows fans, before, dead mans shoes, this is england, a room for romeo brass, and one upon a time in the midlands was his debut, a brilliant portrayal of young unemployed kids growing up in nottingham, in the north of england, and a man, played by bob hoskins who opens up a boxing club, trying his best to broaden the bored youths minds, as the club gets noticed, and various things to do, will this new influence in there lives be the 1 thing they need, meadows has made no secret hes a scorsese fan, so this is definatly his whos that knocking at my door, a debut shot on grainy black and white, making use of locations at hand, a great boost getting hoskins to be in this as well, he must really believed in meadows, again like all his films the acting is top notch, getting untrained actors in inportant parts works, the natural way they act and sound, adds to the story, just like this is england, its all in the words. great soundtrack as well, the best of british
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2010
    Twentyfourseven is another gritty urban tale from Shane Meadows, and tells the story of Darcy, a man trying to organize a small inner city boxing club to teach the local lads self respect and keep them out of trouble. This being a Shane Meadows film, you know going into it it's not going to be one of those typical formulaic feelgood sports movies that plague modern cinema. In fact as I watched the camaraderie and respect grow between the lads, I was just waiting for the ACME anvil to land on my head! And so it did, but not in the painfully depressing way one might expect. Although Meadows thankfully sidestepped the usual cliches and brought an element of grim reality into play, it still manages to end on a comparatively positive note without resorting to the usual sentimental slop. Hoskins is as good as always as the small man trying to make a difference in his small corner of the world, and it's nicely shot in atmospheric documentary style black and white. Yet another quality film from the best film maker currently working in Britain.
    xGary X Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2010
    Fucking fuck! Why, Shane Meadows, why? This film was outstanding, it was on course for an easy 4.5 stars. I was loving it: brilliant use of music, great pace and a real energy/vibe to it. I mean, me enjoying a British black and white film set on a council estate about boxing. That never ever happens, I usually avoid all those aspects, but I gave this one a chance, I like Bob Hoskins and it looked interesting, and what do you do? You kill the ending and bring the whole film crashing back to misery land. Fuck you! I'm not saying every film has to end with sunbeams and rainbows over a chocolate landscape, but a film with this bleak an outset that was all about hope and strength NEEDED an upbeat ending. Moron! Idiot! Bastard!
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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