Sexy Beast

Sexy Beast

DVD - 2001
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A sociopathic gangster won't take no for an answer when an ex-partner in crime refuses to join him for a heist.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2001
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: FIC Sexy
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 89 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: R
CHV rating: 18A

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lukasevansherman
Aug 20, 2015

Vulgarity in an R-rated film?! Well, I never! England was producing a lot of cockney gangster films in the late 90s/early 00s ("Gangster No. 1," anything by Guy Ritchie), but "Sexy Beast" sticks out from the bunch. From its opening scene, you know you're in for something a bit different. Ray Winstone plays a retired criminal living with a former adult film star (Amanda Redman) in sunny Spain. They are friends with another expatriate couple and are living a seemingly an idyllic existence until the psychopathic Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) shows up to recruit Winstone for one last job. It's less about the heist and more about the power games between Kinglsey and the other characters. He seemingly replaced his backbone with a metal rod and memories of Gandhi will quickly vanish. It's an explosive performance, but credit should be given to the other actors, particularly Winstone and Redman, who have to be more understated. Future "Deadwood" star Ian McShane is the criminal mastermind and Cavan Kendall, who plays Winstone's friend, died before the film was released. It's the first film from Jonathan Glazer, who started in music videos, which is apparent from the opening sequence, set to "Peaches" by the Stranglers. More recently he directed "Under the Skin." I still don't know what's going on with the Uzi-wielding giant rabbit creature.

bears1985 Jul 16, 2014

Was fair accents were hard to follow at times but it ok

insane_smurf Feb 08, 2014

ray winstone - what a great baddie he plays

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richibi
Oct 18, 2013

vulgar, stupid, pointless, zero stars

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phyllis49
Mar 19, 2012

Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane

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