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Rancid Aluminum (2000)

Rancid Aluminium (original title)
Pete in London inherits a company. The ambitious accountant makes a deal with a Russian mafia boss. The Russian wants hard currency and grand-kids but kills his daughter's lovers. His daughter needs an Englishman like Sir Francis Drake.

Director:

Edward Thomas (as Ed Thomas)

Writer:

James Hawes (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rhys Ifans ... Pete Thompson
Joseph Fiennes ... Sean Deeny
Tara Fitzgerald ... Masha
Sadie Frost ... Sarah Thompson
Steven Berkoff ... Mr Kant
Keith Allen ... Dr Jones
Dani Behr Dani Behr ... Charlie
Andrew Howard ... Trevor
Nick Moran ... Harry the dealer
Olegar Fedoro ... Mr. Kant's bodyguard Naz (as Olegario Fedoro)
Barry Foster ... Doctor
Brian Hibbard Brian Hibbard ... Giovanni
Steve Speirs ... BMW Man (as Steven Speirs)
Joshua Richards Joshua Richards ... Police Officer
Mariusz Czajka ... Mittelmaier
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Pete Thompson thinks he has it all. However, following the death of his father his close friend and accountant reveals the company he has been left is bust and the only way out is to do business with the Russian mafia. His life and heart are on the line when he leave to restore the fortunes of the family firm. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, violence, language and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Rancid Aluminum See more »

Filming Locations:

Skierniewice, Lódzkie, Poland See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The last film of Barry Foster. See more »

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Gunfire
Written by Philly Collins, James Locke, Callum McNair
Performed by Philly
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I demand an hour and a half of my life back
28 March 2004 | by lutewhineSee all my reviews

First of all, I should've known better than to go to see a film that was being flyposted around London with a recommendation from The Daily Star emblazoned at the top of it. Second of all, the only reason I went at all was because my girlfriend was in a post-Shakespeare In Love Joseph Fiennes phase.

And oh dear god it's bad. It doesn't help that it makes absolutely no sense, mainly due to some of the most jarring cuts I've ever seen outside a GCSE film project. One scene in particular threw me entirely when Rhys Ifans' character was in London one minute, being vaguely threatened by some cliched heavy, but once I'd glanced away for a second (probably checking my watch) I looked up to find that he was suddenly in Russia, being sneered at by some different cliched heavies. Elsewhere the editing is seriously misguided - several times the film lingers on pointless scenes featuring female flesh, while seemingly integral plot points are rushed through, patched together unsatisfactorily by a hammy voiceover.

Both Fiennes and Ifans - actors I rate - are quite terrible, but words can only hint at how appalling Steven Berkoff is in this film. He pretty much only says one word (several times) - "Beeeeeeeezneeeeeeesss", and every time he did I couldn't help but think that he was gradually making his villain in Rambo 3 seem like an acting tour de force.

I've never once walked out on a film before. I'm clearly too stubborn - we were the only two people that DIDN'T walk out at the screening we attended. Comfortably the worst film I have ever paid so endure.


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