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Rancid Aluminum (2000)

Rancid Aluminium (original title)
Pete in London inherits a company. The ambitious accountant makes a deal with a Russian mafia boss. The Russian wants hard currency and grand-kids but kills his daughter's lovers. His daughter needs an Englishman like Sir Francis Drake.

Director:

Edward Thomas (as Ed Thomas)

Writer:

James Hawes (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rhys Ifans ... Pete Thompson
Joseph Fiennes ... Sean Deeny
Tara Fitzgerald ... Masha
Sadie Frost ... Sarah Thompson
Steven Berkoff ... Mr Kant
Keith Allen ... Dr Jones
Dani Behr ... Charlie
Andrew Howard ... Trevor
Nick Moran ... Harry the dealer
Olegar Fedoro ... Mr. Kant's bodyguard Naz (as Olegario Fedoro)
Barry Foster ... Doctor
Brian Hibbard Brian Hibbard ... Giovanni
Steve Speirs ... BMW Man (as Steven Speirs)
Joshua Richards Joshua Richards ... Police Officer
Mariusz Czajka ... Mittelmaier
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Storyline

Pete Thompson thinks he has it all. However, following the death of his father his close friend and accountant reveals the company he has been left is bust and the only way out is to do business with the Russian mafia. His life and heart are on the line when he leave to restore the fortunes of the family firm. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong sexual content, violence, language and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Rancid Aluminum See more »

Filming Locations:

Skierniewice, Lódzkie, Poland See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The last film of Barry Foster. See more »

Soundtracks

Motown Funk
Written by Ian Davenport, Andy Lovegrove
Performed by The Away Team (as Away Team)
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Mixed up mess
8 May 2001 | by pete-68See all my reviews

Just before I saw this film, I met James Hawes at a book signing. He seemed pretty upbeat about the release of the film however reading an interview with him later he knew at the time that the film was rubbish.

An brief, Rancid Aluminium is a good book, it followed on from his debut (White Merc With Fins) which was probably the best book I have read for a long time. But when he came to make the film he rewrote the book to fit the character of Rhys Ifans which was a big mistake.

The old main character was a suburban, early 30s guy, they changed this to a twenty something urbanite and the whole premise for the story was broken.

Add to this some major twists in the plot which have no explanation, holes you could drive a truck through and and ending which leaves you thinking 'what the f**k happened there then..?'.

Also they made a major mistake adding in a scene to get the only funny bit of the book (the fight on the motorway) into the film which only seemed to disjoint the film even more.

I was a big fan of James Hawes books, but this film (and also his latest book) have really dampened this enthusiasm. I only hope that his other book (WMWF) which is being shot now continues and makes a better picture than this.


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