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Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

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Release Date
• USA: May 12, 2006
• UK: 20 Aug 2004

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Dead Man's Shoes Website

Running Time
1 hour, 26 minutes

Country UK

Production Companies
Warp Films, Big Arty Productions

Studio Magnolia Pictures

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Genre: Thriller, Murder, Drugs

Tagline: He's in all of us.

Plot: Talented director Shane Meadows (A ROOM FOR ROMEO BRASS) teams up with fellow Brit Paddy Considine (IN AMERICA) for this exhilarating venture towards the dark edges of the human psyche. Considine plays Richard, a former military man who looks like life has chewed him up and spat him out in the most ugly way imaginable. As Meadows's film begins, Richard returns to his small home town along with his mentally challenged younger brother, Anthony (Toby Kebbell). It quickly becomes clear why Richard has returned: some years previously a gang of local thugs, led by the thoroughly unpleasant Sonny (Gary Stretch), tortured Anthony, and Richard is hell-bent on making them pay for their crimes. Meadows gradually allows Richard's psychotic tendencies and lust for revenge to unravel, crafting a number of scenes where Richard teasingly mocks Sonny and co. before delving into scenes of shockingly relentless violence.

An unusual film for Meadows, who has mostly plied his trade as a director of wry British comedies, DEAD MAN'S SHOES is packed full of unbearable tension and densely claustrophobic camera work. The film really belongs to Considine, whose impressive performance feels painfully real, often mirroring legendary on-screen psychopaths such as Robert DeNiro's Travis Bickle (TAXI DRIVER)

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 External Reviews
external linkQuite simply, an unforgettable blinder. I just watched it for the second time, then sat through it again with the audio commentary. I strongly suggest you do the same. 5/5

external linkOverall the movie does really entertain and depress you, at times its so funny and at times the movie is as sad as Titanic. It will make you laugh and cry but most of all its a loved movie which you will warm to instantly. 5/5
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external linkDisturbing, uncompromising and completely gripping, this could do for slasher movies what 28 Days Later did for zombie flicks. 4/5
--Colin Kennedy (Empire Online)

external link...Dead Man's Shoes represents a quantum leap forward from Meadows' woefully thin Once Upon a Time in the Midlands. Hopefully, he'll continue to mature as a filmmaker. For now, however, his ambition exceeds his cinematic grasp. 2.5/4

external linkAs an addition to the rank of revenge films, 'Dead Mans Shoes' is one of the very best. As a British film of last year, it fully deserves its place alongside the best of Danny Boyle, Neil Marshall, Edgar Wright or Michael Winterbottom. Richard is someonewho you can quite imagine living down the road from you, or someone you went to school with. Just don't accept a cup of tea from him. 4/5
--M.P. Bartley (

 Directed by
Shane Meadows
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, 24 7: Twenty Four Seven, A Room for Romeo Brass
 Written by
Paddy Considine
Cinderella Man, In America, 24 Hour Party People
Paddy Considine
Cinderella Man, In America, 24 Hour Party People
Gary Stretch
Alexander, A Good Night to Die, Dead Connection
Toby Kebbell
Alexander, Macbeth, Wilderness
Emily Aston
Butterfly Kiss, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Funland
Neil Bell
Querelle, Love Streams, The Second Coming
 Music By
Aphex Twin
Devil's Playground, Monkey Drummer, Rubber Johnny

external link..." is not a flashy or invigorating movie, but it does offer ample food for thought on why the human animal so often seeks vengeance...and what the avenger ultimately becomes when all is said and done. 4/5
--Scott Weinberg (

external linkLean, mean, extremely violent thriller with yet another stand-out performance from Paddy Considine – this is not the Shane Meadows we’re used to. 2/5
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)

external linkPowerful and intense but low key, Dead Man’s Shoes could seem too subdued to make an impact at the box office in the face of glossy fare from across the pond, but if you’re after an impressive British thriller which bites down and doesn’t let go, venturebetween it’s jaws. 7/10
--Nik Huggins ( is not the official site for this film.
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