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Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002)

Cast: Robert Carlyle, Rhys Ifans, Kathy Burke, more...
Director: Shane Meadows
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Comedies, Drama, Foreign, British Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Romance, British Drama, UK
Running Time: 104 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, French, Portuguese
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This title is currently out of print.

Synopsis
Shane Meadows directed this film, which is the third and final chapter in his Nottingham Trilogy which also includes 1999's A Room for Romeo Brass and 1997's Twentyfourseven. Starring The Full Monty's Robert Carlyle, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands is a twist on the traditional Western film, transplanting the action to modern-day Nottingham, England. Jimmy (Carlyle) is a small-time criminal who comes back into town after seeing his old girlfriend turn down a marriage proposal on television. Rhys Ifan (Notting Hill) co-stars as Dek, the jilted proposer who looks to stop Jimmy from rekindling the relationship. Once Upon a Time in the Midlands screened as part of the Director's Fortnight at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Worst movie I have seen for quite a long time by Picton July 4, 2009 - 12:09 AM PDT
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jchard81 was being kind in his/her review. This movie is terrible! Awful characters treating each other badly without humour and without wit. Kathy Burke was the only one worth watching, but she had a relatively small part. Rhys Ifans was unbelievably wet and even Robert Carlyle struggled into the second dimension, abandoning the third. Do not waste time on this.

Lost in Translation? by Biehlanphear September 17, 2007 - 12:39 PM PDT
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The concept of this movie is brilliant, but I'm not sure the execution totally lived up that. However, I had such a hard time with the accents that I couldn't understand most of the dialogue. Unfortunately the DVD doesn't come with English subtitles. But God, Kathy Burke is always very good and Rhys Ifans is very watchable.

Well, the accents are funny by jchard81 March 4, 2004 - 11:02 AM PST
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3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The accents are about the only thing that save this flick. It started it out with promise, a funny scene from the English version of Jerry Springer, but spiraled downhill. The ending is completely predictable the entire way through, I just didn't think it would go on for so long. The plot conventions are basic and unoriginal, so don't expect this to really spin your world around. To be fair, it is mildly amusing seeing the little differences in culture, language, and romantic and familial interactions. There are some choice comic moments as well, but overall they are nothing to write home about, and certainly don't warrant going out of your way to watch the whole film.




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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2002
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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.
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Mike's 100 Very Entertaining Movies
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Skews towards edgier adult fare (see also Favorite 50 & Most Favorite 25)
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