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Sweet Sixteen (2002)

Cast: Martin Compston, William Ruane, Annmarie Fulton, more...
Director: Ken Loach
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Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Drama, Foreign, British Drama, Coming of Age , Crime, UK
Running Time: 106 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Paul Laverty writes his fourth script with director Ken Loach for the gritty coming-of-age drama Sweet Sixteen. Set in the port city of Greenock, Scotland, local kid Liam (Martin Compston) spends his days trying to make money with his best friend, Pinball (William Ruane). When he refuses to use his imprisoned mother, Jean (Michelle Coulter), as a drug mule, his criminal stepfather, Stan (Gary McCormack), and bitter grandfather, Rab (Tommy McKee), kick him out of the house. He moves in with his levelheaded older sister, Chantelle (Annmarie Fulton), who is a single parent to toddler Callum and has no love for their mother. Liam quickly comes up with the idea to buy a trailer for himself and his mom when she gets out of prison on the day before his 16th birthday. In order to get enough money to make a down payment, he comes up with a plan to steal Stan's drug stash and sell it to local junkies. With Pinball at his side, Liam starts to develop the skills of a successful businessman and gets noticed by a group of big-time dealers. Gang leader Tony (Martin McCardie) sees his potential and makes him an offer, which leads Liam toward the life of crime that he was trying to avoid in the first place. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

touching ... and subtitled by cruzer December 10, 2004 - 1:16 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Not Loach's best, but an okay story,
with endearing characters.
I'm mainly commenting here to note that
bluewatermelon must have seen this one on the telly.
Fear not - the DVD comes equipped with English subtitles,
although I must confess I thoroughly enjoyed the Scottish accent.
Much more lively than what them yanks peddle.
All right, mate?

Which language are they speaking? by bluewatermelon July 18, 2004 - 11:44 PM PDT
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
For those of you who are challenged by a Scottish accent, this movie needs subtitles - I could not understand a word of it and stopped watching after six minutes. You could rent, of course, a Scotsman to translate for you but they are not so easy to come by.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.88)
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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2002
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
Bonnie Scotland
With an emphasis on the creepy or depressing

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