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Charlie

  • 2003
  • Malcolm Needs
  • 90 mins
  • 18
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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Former Spandau Ballet stars Gary and Martin Kemp famously played Ronnie and Reggie in Peter Medak's intelligent crime drama, The Krays. Here, one-time Bros sensation Luke Goss takes on the role of Charlie Richardson, the gang boss who terrorised London south of the river during the same period of the 1960s. This bloody, brutal biopic has a banged-up Richardson reminiscing, in flashback, about the days when pliers, planks and electrodes were the tools of his trade. Malcolm Needs's film is a mishmash of styles, morally questionable, and rather too prone to that certain brand of "claret and shooters" crim-speak. But it's slickly made, Goss is good, and the brief support turns from Leslie Grantham, Anita Dobson and Steven Berkoff bring credibility to the drama. So, although the film is no Godfather, it's no crime either.

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Credits

Cast

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Charlie RichardsonLuke Goss
Charlie Richardson SrSteven Berkoff
Richard WaldeckLeslie Grantham
Mrs Richardson SrAnita Dobson
Jean Le GrangeNicole Sherwin
General Van den BerghMarius Weyers
Richard AuburyDouglas McFerran
Judge LawtonAntony Carrick
Eddy RichardsonLangley Kirkwood
Frankie FraserChris Curran

Crew

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DirectorMalcolm Needs

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment
Released on
2004-02-06
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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