44 Inch Chest

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44 Inch Chest

Malcolm Venville (2009)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Ray Winstone reteams with the writers of Sexy Beast here to play another gangster whose tough shell hides a soft centre. Colin Diamond (Winstone) is a broken man following the admission by his wife (Joanne Whalley) that she is leaving him for a young waiter. So much moping prompts his criminal pals (including John Hurt, Ian McShane and Tom Wilkinson) to kidnap "Loverboy" (Melvil Poupaud) for bloody revenge. Debuting director Malcolm Venville is careful not to overdo the gore, but there's enough foul language and vile behaviour to guarantee a wince per minute. That said, the dialogue has a great, lyrical flow, especially when delivered by Hurt. The way the characters grate on each other is also fun to watch and, with most of the action taking place in one room, the tension is heightened. The plot does feel sketchy and drawn-out at times, but overall, this film packs a punch.


Colin Diamond is left devastated by the news that his wife is having an affair with a younger man, and turns to his criminal friends. The crooks decide to kidnap the man in question, giving Colin the opportunity to exact a brutal revenge. Crime drama, starring Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson.

Cast & Crew

Colin Diamond Ray Winstone
Archie Tom Wilkinson
Meredith Ian McShane
Old Man Peanut John Hurt
Mal Stephen Dillane
Liz Diamond Joanne Whalley
Loverboy Melvil Poupaud
Tippi Gordon Steven Berkoff
Brighton Billy Dave Legeno
Director Malcolm Venville
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Jan 2010