Gangster No. 1

Release Date: June 14, 2002
Release pushed back from May 31, 2002
Limited release

Anthony Michael Hall's audition for The Dead Zone.

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After the recent success of British gangster films like Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, independent film distributor IFC Films has decided to release this feature.

Malcolm McDowell stars as Gangster 55, an ambitious gangster who's planning the downfall of his boss and taking his place at the top. After succeeding, we follow Gangster 55 through the next 30 years of Gangster 55's life, while his boss is in prison for murder. We see how powerful he becomes and how much he achieved as the new boss.

To give you an idea of what Gangster 55 is like, here are Malcolm McDowell's own words. "He is a monstrous person. His feelings towards Freddie Mays are obsession, envy, love, hate - all these and more. He is psychotic but I wouldn't know how to play psychotic. He's fascinating to me and I've relished playing him. I've never met anyone remotely like Gangster 55 and I never want to." Should be an interesting film.

This film was released in the UK in June of 2000 and has already been released on video and DVD there. We'll finally get to see this movie in the first quarter of 2002. (Marty Doskins/BOP)

February 28, 2002
It's starting to look as if this film will never get its U.S. release. It was recently scheduled for February of 2002 before moving to April and now settling into May 31st. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

March 28, 2002
Here we go again. Gangster No. 1 has again been pushed and is now scheduled for June. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Gangster No. 1
Main Cast Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis, Paul Bettany, Saffron Burrows, Kenneth Cranham
Supporting Cast Jamie Foreman, Eddie Marsan, Andrew Lincoln, Doug Allen, Razaaq Adoti, Cavan Clerkin, David Kennedy, Johnny Harris, Anton Valensi
Director Paul McGuigan
Screenwriter Johnny Ferguson
Distributor Independent Film Channel
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site
Rating R
Running Time 105 minutes
Screen Count 1
    Nominee, Grand Jury Prize, 2000 Los Angeles International Film Festival

Awards page for Gangster No. 1
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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