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16 Years of Alcohol (2003)

R | | Crime, Drama | 30 July 2004 (UK)
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16 years of alcohol is about a skinhead named Frankie; his violent childhood, alcoholism and his love for Ska.


Richard Jobson


Richard Jobson
4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin McKidd ... Frankie
Laura Fraser ... Helen
Susan Lynch ... Mary
Stuart Sinclair Blyth ... Miller
Michael Moreland Michael Moreland ... Budgie
Russell Anderson Russell Anderson ... Kill
Iain De Caestecker ... Frankie - Boy
Lewis Macleod ... Frankie's Father (as Lewis MacLeod)
Lisa May Cooper Lisa May Cooper ... Frankie's Mother
Ewen Bremner ... Jake
Allison McKenzie Allison McKenzie ... Dad's Lover
Jim Carter ... Director
Gerald Lepkowski ... Male Actor
Marcia Rose Marcia Rose ... Female Actor
Noof McEwan ... Rival Gang Boy 1 (as Naoufal Ousellam)
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16 years of alcohol is about a skinhead named Frankie; his violent childhood, alcoholism and his love for Ska.

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some violent content and sexual material | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Frankie: Inside all of us, is something beautiful. Something that wants to say, "hello" to the world. We only want the world to smile back for a moment, and then let it move onto someone else. Well, maybe stay a little longer.
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References Enter the Dragon (1973) See more »


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Pretentious drivel
4 September 2003 | by gary_mcSee all my reviews

Agreed, pretentious drivel, dull and impossible to care about! To me there were many, many problems with this film - the voiceover is very self-consciously attempting to be poetic but fails, most of the music is very irritating, loutish music for yobs not very popular even when originally released. The acting , Kevin McKidd's portrayal of Frankie is remarkably wooden for an actor that once showed such promise, how far he has fallen in such a short period of time. I suppose he suffered from poor direction, often the problem with a new and inexperienced director and producer afraid to keep his feet on the ground, pretentious aspirations have run riot, an attempt to make a "worthy" film, has unfortunately steered this ship on to the rocks of self indulgence. Agreed the story may be personal and minimal but in my opinion who should or could care about such ugly, cruel youths or their fates. I found my self almost immediately emotionally detached from all the characters though bored indifference. Comparisons to 'Ratcatcher' are truly laughable. Another film by a native of Edinburgh that made the Edinburgh Festival (historically automatic for any film ever made in Edinburgh) that also suffers from being shot on high definition for £450,000, for goodness sake with that amount of money the film could have easily been shot on superior 35mm film which would have made the film look much better rather than the 'Dogma' video looking quality print that I saw in Edinburgh, why do people working on tape always say that it looks so much like 35mm film, when to shoot on film would mean it would automatically look like film instead of automatically demoting the film to DVD/ Video sell through, because when projected the majority of cinema goers including myself hate paying to see washed out grainy, poor quality blown up video images. The direction will not move you I guarantee and as for the production values...who goes to see, rents or buys films for their production values? At the end of the day you pay your money to be entertained or moved and you will fail to receive either from this debut, sadly this film is pretentious drivel, the critics will slaughter it and the investors will loose their shirts, harsh but an economic truth. Yet another British embarrassment on its way to festivals guaranteed to be laughed at, with jaws dropped open in shock, by our American cousins.

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Release Date:

30 July 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

16 hronia alkool See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,863, 20 March 2005

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Tartan Works Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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