Sexy Beast

  • 18
  • Jonathan Glazer (2000)
  • UK / Sp / US
  • 84 min
Sexy Beast
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

On the surface, this looks like just another Ray Winstone "gangster" movie - but appearances can be deceiving. Winstone is in relatively restrained mode as retired crook Gary, now living the life of Riley on the Costa del Crime. He's content to play second fiddle to a terrifying and transfixing performance by Ben Kingsley as Don, the psychopathic hardman sent to "persuade" him back to Blighty for one last job. Debuting director Jonathan Glazer made his name in advertising - he was the man behind the "Swimmer" and "Surfer" Guinness commercials - and his visual flair is evident here. The idyllic Spanish settings nicely counterpoint the growing sense of menace as cat-and-mouse games spiral towards an inevitable act of violence. The tension slackens a little in the film's later stages, when the riveting confrontation between the stars gives way to a slick but improbable caper subplot. But it's worth the ticket price just to see Kingsley, whose supreme acting skills produce a truly memorable screen psycho. Watching Gandhi will never seem the same again.

Plot Summary

Cat-and-mouse crime drama starring Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley and Ian McShane. Former crook Gary Dove has put his life of crime behind him and is enjoying an idyllic retirement at his Spanish villa. But the peace is shattered when former associate Don Logan arrives from London to persuade Gary to do one last job - and he's not about to take no for an answer.

Cast and crew


Gary "Gal" Dove
Ray Winstone
Don "Malky" Logan
Ben Kingsley
Teddy Bass
Ian McShane
Amanda Redman
Cavan Kendall
Julianne White
James Fox


Jonathan Glazer

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Film Four
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 12 Jan 2001
Certificate 18