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Twentyfourseven (1998)



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Not every town or person in Great Britain benefited from Margaret Thatcher and her administration during the late '80s. Those overlooked by the country's burst of prosperity often felt despair and hopelessness; this was especially true of the nation's working-class young men. In one unnamed, economically-depressed Midland town, a man attempted to help these boys find much-needed inspiration and discipline through amateur boxing. The feature-film debut of British independent filmmaker Shane Meadows, whose hour-long film Smalltime and his short Where's the Money, Ronnie! (both 1996), garnered much praise at the Venice and the Toronto film festivals, this thoughtful, funny and sometimes sad drama chronicles the efforts of Alan Darcy (Bob Hoskins) to establish a young men's amateur boxing league. Darcy is first seen living in an abandoned railroad car. He is in bad shape, and death is closing in. Timmy (Danny Nussbaum) finds Alan and brings the vagabond home to recover. While Alan heals, Tim reads the old man's diary and that is how his story unfolds.more
Rating: R (violence, language)
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Paul Fraser, Shane Meadows
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On DVD: Nov 7, 1998
Universal Pictures

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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 ...
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...
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' Ye...
Ginger Keane
as Stephen S. Stephenso...
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Audience Reviews for Twentyfourseven

Touching performance from Bob Hoskins and a witty script make for a low key gem.

Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer


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 Xx

Super Reviewer

Admittedly not in the same league as other 'Shane Meadows' films in my opinion, but enjoyable all the same. It didn't tend to hold my attention, the way the others did and I'm not sure if the characters were developed to the full potential, that being said, it would be hard to pull off a 4/5 star film every time and so I think this one of those 'watchable' ones, rather than a 'must see'.

Special Features, however, has a short film by Shane Meadows starring the brillient Paddy Considine called 'Three Tears for Jimmy Prophet', which shows again Paddy's versitility and acting ability.

VERDICT: Forget it's a Shane Meadows film and and watch it if it comes your way

Lady D'arbanville

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