The Krays

  • 18
  • Peter Medak (1990)
  • UK
  • 114 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

This is an intelligent biopic of Britain's most infamous gangsters, the twins who made life safe for East Enders when they weren't running protection rackets or inflicting gangland punishments on rival mobsters. To be fair, writer Philip Ridley and director Peter Medak largely avoid glamorising the violent world of Reggie and Ronnie, and are more interested in unravelling the complex personalities of the two brothers. They are helped by surprisingly convincing lead performances from Martin and Gary Kemp, then better known from their kilt-wearing days with rock group Spandau Ballet. Billie Whitelaw effortlessly rises above everybody else in the star-studded cast as the boys' best friend, their mum.

Plot Summary

Crime drama portraying the life of the infamous twins who became powerful underworld figures in 1960s London, starring Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Billie Whitelaw. Born in London's East End, Ronnie and Reggie Kray are brought up by their resilient mother Violet and her sisters, to whom they become staunchly devoted. Involved in bullying at school, the twins grow increasingly violent following their national service and spells in prison.

Cast and crew

Cast

Ronnie Kray
Gary Kemp
Reggie Kray
Martin Kemp
Violet Kray
Billie Whitelaw
Jack "The Hat" McVitie
Tom Bell
Rose
Susan Fleetwood
May
Charlotte Cornwell
Frances
Kate Hardie
Helen
Avis Bunnage
Steve
Gary Love
George Cornell
Steven Berkoff
"Cannonball" Lee
Jimmy Jewel
Mrs Lawson
Barbara Ferris
Mr Lawson
Victor Spinetti
Eddie Pellam
John McEnery
Shopkeeper
Norman Rossington

Crew

Director
Peter Medak

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Guidance: 
May be edited for language, violence and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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