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Time Out says

Those who have seen Shane Meadows' camcorder gem Smalltime will already know the young writer/director is one of Britain's most promising talents. This, his first full length feature, lives up to expectations splendidly. Though it's never quite as funny as the earlier movie, and the bigger (£1.5m) budget has resulted in more conventional characterisation and plotting, the extra polish comes with no significant drop in energy, flair or invention. Darcy (Hoskins) decides to inject a sense of community and purpose into the disaffected youth of a Nottingham suburb by reopening a club. While determination and a canny ability to win over most people he meets results in camaraderie and a modicum of sporting success, resentment, cynicism and even violence are so deeply ingrained in certain locals that the club is never entirely without enemies. What lifts the film beyond the constraints of this potentially corny story is Meadows' engagingly blend of authentic naturalism, robust rapscallion humour, jaunty editing and off-the-cuff lyricism.
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Release details

UK release:

1997

Duration:

96 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Shane Meadows

Cast:

Frank Harper, Bruce Jones, Danny Nussbaum, Bob Hoskins, Annette Badland

Music:

Boo Hewerdine, Neill MacColl

Production Designer:

John-Paul Kelly

Editor:

William Diver

Cinematography:

Ashley Rowe

Screenwriter:

Paul Fraser, Shane Meadows

Producer:

Imogen West

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