Man Dancin'

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

Jimmy Kerrigan (Ferns) returns to his drear windswept Glasgow council estate after nine years in a Northern Irish jail for gun-running. He's determined to go straight, but prospects look poor even before he puts his key in the door. He 'takes a slapping' for his crack-head younger brother and swiftly attracts the eye of his former gangland boss Donnie (Cosmo). At first, Donnie and bent cop 'Pancho' Villers (Cranham) think Jimmy's reform is a feint to disguise personal ambition. But their shared desire to curtail his existence is stoked by the turncoat's conversion of an am-dram group into a 'Stop the Rot' anti-crime organisation that threatens to politicise the locals. Ferns negotiates this morass with integrity intact. Some of his wry double-takes testify to the director's occasionalsuccess in modulating the film's otherwise resolutely solemn tone. Ferns' performance and the location work aside, the movie is dismally unconvincing.

By: WH


Release details

114 mins

Cast and crew

Norman Stone
Sergio Casci
Alex Ferns
Tom Georgeson
Kenneth Cranham
James Cosmo
Jenny Foulds
Cas Harkins
Tam White
Stewart Porter
Gerald Lepkowski
Ron Donachie
Neil McCormack
Anthony Donaldson
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