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The War Zone (1999)

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Release Date
 USA: Dec 10, 1999
DVD Release Date
 R1: Sep 26, 2000
 R2: 1 May 2002

MPAA Rating
Rated R for sexual content, some involving molestation, and for nudity, language and a scene of violence.

Running Time
1 hour, 38 minutes

Country UK, Italy

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• The War Zone
• Tim Roth's The War Zone (1999)

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Genre: Drama, Disturbing, Coming Of Age, Murder, Teenage, Infidelity

Plot: Roth's directorial debut, based on the novel by Stuart (who adapted the screenplay), is not for the faint of heart. When a seemingly normal family moves from London to rural Devon, 15-year-old Tom stumbles into a shocking secret concerning his father and 17-year-old sister, Jessie. Afraid of breaking up the family and upsetting his mother, who has just given birth to a baby girl, he crawls into a shell and remains there, confused and alienated. Eventually, the situation boils over and the truth is exposed. Roth shows that he has the ability to draw extremely emotional performances from professional actors Winstone and real-life partner Swinton, as well as from newcomers Belmont and Cunliffe, who provide the film with its true heart. A brilliantly harsh and tragic family drama.

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 Directed by
Tim Roth
Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Planet of the Apes
 Written by
Alexander Stuart
Whiteout, Insignificance
Colin Farrell
Minority Report, Daredevil, Phone Booth
Tilda Swinton
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Ray Winstone
King Arthur, Cold Mountain, Sexy Beast
Annabelle Apsion
From Hell, Lolita, This Year's Love
Kate Ashfield
Shaun of the Dead, Guest House Paradiso, Princess Caraboo
Lara Belmont
Long Time Dead, Killing Hitler, Oh Marbella!
Freddie Cunliffe
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 Music By
Simon Boswell
Hackers, Shallow Grave, A Midsummer Night's Dream

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