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Shifty (2008)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 24 April 2009 (UK)
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Shifty, a young crack cocaine dealer in London, sees his life quickly spiral out of control when his best friend returns home. Stalked by a customer desperate to score at all costs, and ... See full summary »

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Eran Creevy

Writer:

Eran Creevy
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Riz Ahmed ... Shifty
Daniel Mays ... Chris
Jason Flemyng ... Glen
Nitin Ganatra ... Rez
Jay Simpson ... Trevor
Dannielle Brent Dannielle Brent ... Jasmine
Francesca Annis ... Valerie
Kate Groombridge ... Loretta
Jason Maza ... Malik
Jordan Long ... Lenny
Rory Jennings Rory Jennings ... Otis
Courtney Day Courtney Day ... Otis' Girlfriend
Gracie Fitch Gracie Fitch ... Katie Palmer
Nathaniel Gleed Nathaniel Gleed ... Freddie Palmer
Eddie Webber ... Bob Moran
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Shifty, a young crack cocaine dealer in London, sees his life quickly spiral out of control when his best friend returns home. Stalked by a customer desperate to score at all costs, and with his family about to turn their back on him for good, Shifty must out-run and out-smart a rival drug dealer intent on setting him up for a big fall. As his long time friend Chris confronts the dark past he left behind him, Shifty is forced to face up to the violent future he's hurtling towards.

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Taglines:

24 hours to deal yourself out

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Shifty - Uma História Urbana See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP244,579 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$245,426
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Runtime:

| (European Film Market)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When Trevor is discussing the holiday hire car with his wife, the boom microphone is clearly visible in the reflection of the glass cabinet above her head. See more »

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References 24 Hour Party People (2002) See more »

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Street Drama
9 May 2012 | by malaysian1789See all my reviews

Shifty is a slow-burner that feels more like a play than an actual feature film. Made on a minute budge of £100,000, the film tells the story of Chris (Daniel Mays), a 20-something yr old who has returned to his old manor to see school mate ''Shifty'' (Riz Ahmed). Chris is now an adult with a responsible job, whereas Shifty has become a drug dealer, and still resents Chris for leaving the area in the first place. This film is remarkable for the chemistry formed between the two central characters, and the slow pace of the film adds a constant tension to proceedings, we know something ''shifty'' will happen, but where and when is anybody's guess. A brilliant and sophisticated drama, this added depth to the ''urban'' genre, also shout out to Masood from Eastenders, who gives an amazing performance in this as Shifty's older brother.


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