I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

Release Date: June 18, 2004
Limited release


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Yet another British gangster movie. This genre has become quite popular in recent years with some quality films being made. Filmmaking veteran Mike Hodges, who made his comeback with the U.S. arthouse hit Croupier, is directing this movie with Trevor Preston taking care of screenwriting.

The basic premise of the film is similar to Hodges’ 1971 U.K. hit film Get Carter starring the legendary Michael Caine. Sylvester Stallone starred in the 2000 remake. A former gang leader (Clive Owen) has retired to a quiet life in the English countryside. However, the peace is broken when he is dragged back into the “business” to avenge the rape and murder of his brother (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) by a criminal/car dealer (Malcolm McDowell).

This film was originally scheduled to get an October 2003 release date, but that was been pushed back to April 2004 before the studio finally settled on June. If you like the British crime genre and are lucky enough to live near an independent film venue, I suggest you check this one out. (Marty Doskins/BOP)

Vital statistics for I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
Main Cast Clive Owen, Malcolm McDowell
Supporting Cast Charlotte Rampling, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Noel Clarke, Jamie Foreman, Sylvia Sims
Director Mike Hodges
Screenwriter Trevor Preston
Distributor Paramount Classics
Official Site http://www.paramountclassics.com/illsleep
Rating R
Running Time 102 minutes
Screen Count 2
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

Comparison films for I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
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Total BO
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Snatch 1/19/018.01 8.54 1444 5544.00 5691.2 30.09 32.11 3.75
Get Carter 10/6/006.64 7.42 2315 2868.00 3086.2 14.97 16.74 2.25
Sexy Beast 7/6/010.74 0.78 134 5498.00 5644.0 6.95 7.41 6.22
Gangster no. 1 6/14/020.01 0.01 1 5514.00 5514.0 0.03 0.03 5.61



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