Gangster No.1

Gangster No.1

Director: Paul McGuigan Cast: Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis, Paul Bettany


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A portrait of a cold-blooded young gangster living and loathing in 1960s London, this drama features Malcolm McDowell in a major role in his first British picture in years. McDowell opens the film as the present day Gangster 55, who learns that an old associate, gangster Freddie Mays (David Thewlis), has just been released from prison after serving a 30-year sentence. The story then flashes back to 1968, when the young Gangster 55 (Paul Bettany) makes Mays' acquaintance and subsequently wins his trust by dealing with his enemies from a rival gang. The relationship between the two men is threatened when Mays falls for Karen (Saffron Burrows), a no-nonsense dancer. When 55 learns that Lennie (Jamie Foreman), a rival gang leader, plans to ambush Mays and Karen one night, he pits the two gangs against one another so that he can emerge as Gangster No. 1. The film was directed by Paul McGuigan, who previously examined the crusty underbelly of British society with his screen adaptation of Irvine Welsh's The Acid House (1998). ~ Rebecca Flint Marx

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2009
UPC: 6867445001498
Original Release: 2000
Source: Ais
Sales rank: 84,315

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Malcolm McDowell Gangster No 1
David Thewlis Freddie Mays
Paul Bettany Young Gangster
Saffron Burrows Karen
Kenneth Cranham Tommy
Razaaq Adoti Roland
Johnny Harris Derek
David Kennedy Fat Charlie
Andrew Lincoln Maxie King
Jamie Forman Lennie Taylor
Eddie Marsan Eddie Miller
Cavan Clerkin Billy
Martyn Read Rough Diamond
Don McCorkindale Smashing Bloke
Arthur Nightingale Toilet Attendant
Emma Griffiths-Malin Julie
Gary McCormack Giggler Bennett
Sean Chapman Bent Cop
Caroline Pegg Flo
Tony Denham Club Manager
Jo McInnes Lesley
Jamie Foreman Actor

Technical Credits
Paul McGuigan Director
Nicky Kentish Barnes Co-producer
Peter Bowles Executive Producer
Richard Bridgland Production Designer
Chris Carreras Asst. Director
Jonathan Cavendish Producer
Johnny Dankworth Score Composer
Philip Elton Art Director
Ulrich Felsberg Co-producer
Johnny Ferguson Screenwriter
Norma Heyman Producer
Andrew Hulme Editor
Jina Jay Casting
Peter Sova Cinematographer
John C. Taylor Sound/Sound Designer
Jany Temime Costumes/Costume Designer
Simon Fisher Turner Sound/Sound Designer

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Gangster No.1 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DoktorDaoud More than 1 year ago
'GANGSTER NO.#1' is a well-delivered piece of British crime lore that avoids the heavy stylings of 'Sexy Beast' or 'Snatch' in favor of a more straight ahead coverage of the era it's mainly set, the 1960's. The wardrobe and characters evoke the 'Get Carter' era Micheal Caine with sharply dressed hoods wreaking havoc on the public with glee. Paul Bettany plays an ambitious but frighteningly cold thug who's jonesing for the dapper leader's spot and his woman. Intersected well between Roddy MacDowell's modern persona of the older thug who still yearns for his mentor's charisma. Worth seeing.