The Fall of the Essex Boys

The Fall of the Essex Boys

Paul Tanter (2012)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Hard to believe, but this is the fourth film inspired by the 1995 Rettendon Range Rover murders since Essex Boys in 2000 (Rise of the Footsoldier and Bonded by Blood are the other two). The slaughter of three hard-nut drug dealers in an Essex country lane was national news at the time but this brutal, expletive-laden geezer-fest demonstrates that the story has been well and truly squeezed dry. The drama is competently put together but the rat-a-tat narration is intrusive and wearisome while characterisation is perfunctory at best, despite the presence of Kierston Wareing (here playing the same person for the third time).


Fact-based crime drama exploring the infamous murder of three Essex drug dealers in 1995. The trio of criminals enjoy an untouchable position in the underworld, but acquire enemies on both sides of the law, and when a contaminated ecstasy pill leaves a girl in a coma, it sets in motion a series of events that brings about their downfall. Starring Robert Cavanah and Kierston Wareing.

Cast & Crew

Darren Nichols Nick Nevern
Mickey Steele Robert Cavanah
Karen Kierston Wareing
DI Philip Stone Ewan Ross
Pat Tate Peter Barrett
DC Jefferson Kate Magowan
Tony Tucker Jay Brown
Craig Rolfe Simon Phillips
Jack Whomes Tony Denham
Chief Miller Peter Woodward
Director Paul Tanter
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes, nudity.Available on: DVDReleased on: 8 Feb 2013