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Meantime (1983)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 23 July 1986
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When one brother gets a job from their wealthy aunt, the other becomes increasingly jealous.

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Mike Leigh

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Mike Leigh (deviser)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marion Bailey ... Barbara
Phil Daniels ... Mark
Tim Roth ... Colin
Pam Ferris ... Mavis
Jeffrey Robert Jeffrey Robert ... Frank (as Jeff Robert)
Alfred Molina ... John
Gary Oldman ... Coxy
Tilly Vosburgh Tilly Vosburgh ... Hayley
Paul Daly Paul Daly ... Rusty
Leila Bertrand Leila Bertrand ... Hayley's Friend
Hepburn Graham Hepburn Graham ... Boyfriend
Peter Wight ... Estate Manager
Eileen Davies ... Unemployment Benefit Clerk
Herbert Norville Herbert Norville ... Man in Pub
Brian Hoskin Brian Hoskin ... Barman
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Storyline

An odd film, primarily looking at how the dole affects the underclass in Britain. Tim Roth stars as Colin, a slow and possibly intellectually disabled man living with his parents and brother in a housing project. He and his sarcastic manipulative brother still behave like teenagers, living with their parents, harassing each other. The problem is that they are in their late teens or twenties. Neighborhood characters include Hayley, a young woman with a crush on Colin, and Coxy (Gary Oldman) a violent local skinhead who befriends Colin. Trouble ensues when their wealthy aunt gives Colin a job and his brother becomes jealous. Written by Don Smith <dsmith@health.org>

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Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Időközben See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Gary Oldman suffered an eye injury on the set after one day at the rehearsal space (a factory) he and Tim Roth were throwing milk bottles around and suddenly Roth threw it up and it hit a fluorescent lighting strip which hit Gary. See more »

Quotes

Mark: Muppet.
Colin: I am not a Muppet.
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References The Muppet Show (1976) See more »

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Ridin' High and Handsome
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Written by Glenn Sutton and Norris Wilson
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A typical early Mike Leigh comedy-drama about the working class.
4 January 2007 | by fedor8See all my reviews

The trusties of English working-class life (of misery). It sounds (and looks) depressing, but turns out to be more entertaining than one would imagine; after all, this isn't a Ken Loach film. The reasons why it's good are the usual ones in a Mike Leigh film; interesting characters, excellent acting from the entire cast, and well thought-out dialog. Roth is particularly good, and shows all the Hanks's and Di Caprio's how mental retardation is really supposed to be played. The film gets better as it goes along, and all's well that ends miserably. The film could have been titled "No Hope, Hand Me The Rope". Generally, one should check out Leigh's early movies; the ones up until the late 90s.


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