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I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)

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Release Date
 USA: Jun 18, 2004
 UK: 30 Apr 2004
DVD Release Date
 R1: Nov 16, 2004

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for language, a rape scene, violent images and brief drug use.

Running Time
1 hour, 42 minutes

Country UK, USA

Studio Paramount Classics, Revere Pictures, Seven Arts, Will & Co. Prods.

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Genre: Thriller, Gangsters, Drugs, Revenge, Suspense, Gay/Lesbian, Murder

Tagline: For three long years, Will Graham led a quiet life. Things are about to change.

Plot: Cars full of fast-talking British hoods and rain-soaked city streets in the dead of night--that's the stuff of which Mike Hodges's (CROUPIER) impossibly cool neo-noir gangster thriller is made. Clive Owen plays Graham, a former top mobster who has since retired to a nomadic life in the woods. His little brother Davey (John Rhys-Davies) meanwhile swaggers through posh parties back in the city, dealing drugs and engaging in freewheeling sex and petty thefts until he's violently sodomized by a white-haired car dealer (Malcolm McDowell). His subsequent suicide brings Graham back into the seedy underworld he left behind on a mission of revenge. Before he can find his brother's rapist though, he has to tangle with the new head bad boy in town (Frank Stott), who thinks Graham's come to take his old spot back.

Much like Simon Fisher Turner's dissonant, avante-jazz score, the film dodges a straight-ahead story and instead breaks out in moody variations in the key of noir. Fatalistic dialogue, extreme masculine anxiety, a cast teeming with eccentrics, desolate streets, gray beaches, darkened elevators, and foreboding alleyways all blend into an atonal crime-jazz poem. The inestimable Charlotte Rampling plays Graham's concerned, and much older, ex-girlfriend. Fans of the more classic

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 Directed by
Mike Hodges
Flash Gordon, Croupier, Get Carter
 Written by
Trevor Preston
Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire
Clive Owen
The Bourne Identity, Closer, King Arthur
Charlotte Rampling
Swimming Pool, Angel Heart, Basic Instinct 2
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
Alexander, Mission: Impossible III, Bend It Like Beckham
Malcolm McDowell
A Clockwork Orange, Star Trek: Generations, I Spy
Sylvia Syms
What a Girl Wants, Shining Through, Shirley Valentine
Jamie Foreman
Elizabeth, Layer Cake, Saving Grace
Ken Stott
King Arthur, Shallow Grave, Plunkett & Macleane
 Music By
Simon Fisher-Turner
Croupier, Nadja, The Eternal

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