The Limey

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Funny, touching, and as effortlessly assured, in its own relatively low budget way, as Out of Sight, this consistently imaginative, comic crime movie milks the fish-out-of-water theme for all it is worth, and then some. Stamp is superb as the ageing Cockney ex-con whose investigations into his daughter's death in LA lead him to surprise the locals not only with his (wonderfully OTT) rhyming slang, but with his hard-man resilience and ingenuity; moreover, he's given sterling support by Fonda (who as a rock impresario out of his depth in murky water inspires some lovely in-jokes about '60s counter-culture), Newman and Guzman (not, for once, typecast). Lem Dobbs' script is witty; Ed Lachman's images and Cliff Martinez' music are perfectly in keeping with the light, relaxed mood; and Soderbergh's customary playfulness with the narrative deftly underlines Stamp's obsession. A joy.

By: GA


Release details

91 mins

Cast and crew

Steven Soderbergh
Lem Dobbs
Terence Stamp
Peter Fonda
Luis Guzman
Lesley Ann Warren
Barry Newman
Nicky Katt
Joe Dallesandro
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