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Circus (2000)

R | | Crime, Thriller, Drama | 5 May 2000 (UK)
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Bruno, a sadistic criminal, wants clever con man Leo out of the way. Leo and his equally clever wife, Lily, are up to something. So too is Julius: he hires Leo to kill Gloria, Julius's wife... See full summary »

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David Logan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hannah ... Leo
Famke Janssen ... Lily
Peter Stormare ... Julius
Eddie Izzard ... Troy
Fred Ward ... Elmo
Brian Conley Brian Conley ... Bruno
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Moose (as Tiny Lister)
Amanda Donohoe ... Gloria
Ian Burfield ... Caspar
Neil Stuke ... Roscoe
Michael Attwell ... Magnus
Jason Watkins ... Dom
Christopher Biggins ... Arnie
Lucy Akhurst ... Helen
Louise Rolfe Louise Rolfe ... Julie
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Storyline

Bruno, a sadistic criminal, wants clever con man Leo out of the way. Leo and his equally clever wife, Lily, are up to something. So too is Julius: he hires Leo to kill Gloria, Julius's wife. Leo does it, but then Julius shows up with the murder on tape, saying Gloria isn't his wife - it's blackmail. Leo's bookie, Troy, is also closing in, wanting to be paid. Bruno and Lily as well as Bruno and Julius have their own scams running, and Leo is their target. Maybe Leo can get Troy off his back, avoid Moose (Bruno's huge enforcer), send Gloria's corpse out of England, turn the tables on Bruno's murderous brother Caspar, and outfox Lily. Or is Lily his fox? It's a three-ring circus. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Don't trust any of these clowns

Genres:

Crime | Thriller | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Columbia/Tristar UK site

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Circul See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,406, 17 September 2000

Gross USA:

$14,693

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,693
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The ad for "Shannon, Brighton's Most Convincing Pre-Op TRANSEXUAL" actually shows 1940's Hollywood actress 'Lake, Veronica'. See more »

Quotes

Troy: Nuh, nuh, nuh. Another one bites the dust! Duh-nuh nuh, nuh, nuh. Another one bites the dust! And another one down, another one down- another one bites the dust! Ooh. I'm gunna git you boy, another one bites the dust, DUH-nuh.
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Features The Lady from Shanghai (1947) See more »

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There Is A Way
Written by Alex Heffes
Performed by The Alex Heffes Trio
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Fun and Games with a surprising cast
5 June 2000 | by Mr.KSee all my reviews

This under-rated British film was unfairly slammed by critics, when it could have been a lot worse. It could have been better also, but it satisfies as a roaring bit of gangster fun and a subtle satire on the British "Lock, Stock..." genre.

John Hannah stars with Ms Janssen as a pair of crooks who are out to rip off Brian Conley for one last time. Along the way, everyone double crosses everyone, and the final scenes make one's head spin!

Brian Conley plays a rather good bad guy, given the quality of his British television shows, and great support is given by the various cast members, with special mention to Eddie Izzard who plays money lender Troy. His habit of paraphrasing songs and singing them to Leo ("R E P A Y M E - You know what it means to me" to the tune of Franklin's "Respect"), and the scene at the beach make for hilarious viewing.

One to be recommended for those with enough tongue in their cheek!


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