Danny Boyle (2004)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Two schoolboy brothers have a week to spend a load of stolen sterling before the UK switches to the euro in this charming comedy drama from director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire). It's a feel-good fantasy that plays like Boyle's Shallow Grave re-imagined for a family audience. Alex Etel is wonderful as Damian, the angel-faced seven-year-old whose hilarious visitations from saints lead him to believe that the mislaid robbery loot that lands in his lap is actually a gift from God. But while he wants to use the money for worthy causes, his nine-year-old brother, Anthony (Lewis McGibbon), favours entirely personal consumption, leading to a clash of wills that attracts the wrong kind of attention. Boyle handles the material deftly, delivering a quintessentially British morality tale that's sweet but never nauseating. A mix of youthful innocence and sprightly insouciance keeps events skipping along, while James Nesbitt's affectionate supporting performance as the youngsters' widowed father provides emotional balance.


A bag of stolen money falls from the sky, and wide-eyed youngster Damian thinks it is a gift from God. However, his level-headed brother realises they must race against time to spend the loot before the country switches to the Euro and a robber on their tail catches up with them. Comedy drama, starring Alex Etel, Lewis McGibbon, Daisy Donovan and James Nesbitt.

Cast & Crew

Damian Alex Etel
Anthony Lewis McGibbon
Dorothy Daisy Donovan
Ronnie James Nesbitt
Himself Leslie Phillips
The Man Christopher Fulford
Community Policeman Pearce Quigley
Mum Jane Hogarth
St Peter Alun Armstrong
St Francis Enzo Cilenti
St Joseph Nasser Memarzia
St Clare Kathryn Pogson
St Nicholas Harry Kirkham
Director Danny Boyle
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PathéGuidance: Contains some swearing.Available on: DVD
Drama Comedy