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Three friends discover their new flatmate dead but loaded with cash.

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Danny Boyle

Writer:

John Hodge
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerry Fox ... Juliet Miller
Christopher Eccleston ... David Stephens
Ewan McGregor ... Alex Law
Ken Stott ... Detective Inspector McCall
Keith Allen ... Hugo
Colin McCredie ... Cameron
Victoria Nairn Victoria Nairn ... Woman Visitor
Gary Lewis ... Male Visitor
Jean Marie Coffey Jean Marie Coffey ... Goth
Peter Mullan ... Andy
Leonard O'Malley Leonard O'Malley ... Tim
David Scoular David Scoular ... Cash Machine Victim
Grant Glendinning Grant Glendinning ... Bath Victim
Victor Eadie Victor Eadie ... Freezer victim
Robert David MacDonald Robert David MacDonald ... Lumsden
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Storyline

Three friends in Edinburgh, Scotland, interview and select a new flatmate. He's hardly moved in than they discover him dead in his room. An ethical dilemma ensues when they discover that he possessed a large amount of cash. Things get worse as the men whose money it was search for it, and the three friends start to turn on each other. Written by grantss

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The award winning thriller that'll bury you with laughs. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for scenes of strong grisly violence, and for some language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Petits meurtres entre amis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$105,614, 12 February 1995

Gross USA:

$2,079,569

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,079,569
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's French title "Petits meurtres entre amis" translates to "Small Murders Between Friends" in English. This is a close approximation of the movie's tag line, "What's a little murder among friends?" See more »

Goofs

Obvious dummy when the corpse of the first intruder is thrown down from the loft. See more »

Quotes

[Alex is complaining about hiding the money in the attic]
Alex Law: I don't know why we couldn't just stuff it in a mattress, or under the floorboards like any other human being!
Juliet Miller: Stop nagging, Alex.
Alex Law: We coulda hid it in the fridge.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits appear over images of the three main characters in happier times, ironically all laughing hysterically. See more »

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References Vertigo (1958) See more »

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Happy Heart
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Well-done approach to classic suspense plot.
8 April 2004 | by tommonster3kSee all my reviews

Good first feature film from director Danny Boyle and writer John Hodge. A good, solid thriller with a healthy dose of dark humor.

Interesting dynamic among the three principle characters, though their motivations toward each other could have been made more clear.

The age-old plot of ordinary people getting mixed up in an unexpected acquisition of dirty money and finding their worst tendencies coming to light is done with style and clever wit, with a couple of nice twists that I doubt anyone will see coming. (Although, I'm a little hazy on just HOW it ends up that way.)

Boyle is definitely one of the great, stand-out directors of the 90s-and-beyond crowd, in the upper ranks with Tarantino, Fincher, Ritchie, and a few others.

7/10 stars


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