Going Off Big Time

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Scouse bloke Mark Clayton (Fitzmaurice) has kept out of trouble all his life, until he accidentally hits a cop and get four years in jail. Helped by old timer Hill, he learns survival skills (worthy of Alcatraz) and, once released, is soon heading a gang of ex-cons. Although scams and dodgy deals are lucrative and a laff, Mark begins to tire when he gets to know posh bird Natasha (Barr). Is he in too deep? The Liverpudlian production team have gone for a comic spin, and the film has its moments, such as Mark's first meeting with a crook who's 'more Stringfella than Goodfella - couldn't read or write but could spell Versace.' The acting, however, is variable, the mix of violence and capering uneasy, and the romance strictly routine.

Release details

Duration: 87 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jim Doyle
Screenwriter: Neil Fitzmaurice
Cast: Neil Fitzmaurice
Dominic Carter
Sarah Alexander
Nick Lamont
Gabbi Barr
Nick Moss
Vinnie Adams
Peter Kay
Bernard Hill

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Pete Jones

Gritty, flowing and highly watchable, Neil Fitzmaurice narrates us through a flashback into the murky Scouse underworld. Good performances all round, the low budget doesn't show too often, and this film is easily more absorbing than 'glamour gangster' films such as Rocknrolla or the usual hollywood fare. All I can say is that if you like gangster thrillers with a rough edge, you won't be disappointed!

Pete Jones

Gritty, flowing and highly watchable, Neil Fitzmaurice narrates us through a flashback into the murky Scouse underworld. Good performances all round, the low budget doesn't show too often, and this film is easily more absorbing than 'glamour gangster' films such as Rocknrolla or the usual hollywood fare. All I can say is that if you like gangster thrillers with a rough edge, you won't be disappointed!