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||IMDB Rating: 6.7/10 from 5,233 votes
||Release: 15 November 1991 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
||Director: Peter Medak,
||Stars: Alfred Lynch, Avis Bunnage, Barbara Ferris, Billie Whitelaw, Charlotte Cornwell, Gary Kemp, Gary Love, Jimmy Jewel, John McEnery, Kate Hardie, Martin Kemp, Steven Berkoff, Susan Fleetwood, Tom Bell, Victor Spinetti
||Synopsis: The life of a pair of twins (Ronald and Reginald Kray) who were born in London in 1934 and when they grew up became gangsters selling protection. Written by Michel Rudoy <[email protected]>
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I saw this British crime biography in the cinema 20 years ago, on its
release. I'd not seen it since, until getting it on DVD.
It was striking then how perfectly cast the Kemp brothers were, as the
violent twins. Core members of the 1980's pop group Spandau Ballet, it
was an eye-opener that they had another string to their bow and in
contrast to their fresh pop image.
The film's aged well. Martin Kemp (Reggie Kray) kept up his acting
career with popular soap operas (Eastenders) though I'm not sure what
Gary (Ronnie Kray) has done since. They both have a slimy sort of
adhesion as blood brothers and as the gangsters they both compel - and
Billie Whitelaw's performance as their strong, iron-lady of a mother,
Violet, who held the family together through the blitz and rationing,
was always held in high esteem. The Kray men of that era come across as
weak, ducking active war service and work, which embittered Violet, her
mother and her sisters.
Thus, she had such high hopes for her twin boys. Bearing comparison to
Margaret Wycherly's 'Ma' in the 1949 James Cagney crime thriller,
'White Heat' the bond becomes above all else. The apron strings are
bullet proof, it would seem. Having somewhat grown up myself in the
interim between viewings, I saw more into Kate Hardie's character who
played Reggie's wife, Frances. Cast under a long shadow, below the
'Firm', Reggie's brother and certainly far below Violet, poor Frances,
who annoyed me twenty years ago with her frightened whimpering excels
at going from pretty girl-next-door, to trophy wife and then to tragic
Ronnie Kray's homosexuality, understandably back in the early-mid
1960's (and illegal) was cause of much of the ridicule and angst they
endured from their enemies. Even back in 1990, it seemed daringly fresh
to have this as part of the storyline, with scenes to match.
The film's direction and look cannot fail to be compared these days to
Martin Scorsese, or, how he would have done it. This looks British;
that grey-brown that these days would be digitally sourced. The acres
of dull patterned wallpaper in front living rooms. The big Jaguar cars.
The sun never shines in the East London street scenes, those streets
seemingly familiar to Brits everywhere.
The dialogue at times seems naff and obvious, other times spot-on.
Violence, when it comes is near-graphic, but maybe not up there with
the barely watchable scenes of say, Scorsese's Goodfellas. I'd like to
have seen more action - adding to its 115 minutes with more of the
'everyday' crime and racketeering and how they held down their much
feared reputation. We do get a couple of brilliantly played nasty guys
- Stephen Berkoff and Tom Bell are as despicable as any - and who have
vengeance played upon them by the twins. We get no tip-offs and thus,
no raids and no police. Some chase scenes might have been nice!
As a drama that reads more like a psychological profile than a straight
crime thriller, then it's rarely been bettered, on either side of the
Atlantic. Had it been made in the mould of the latter, then it might be
better known and better remembered. I still like it, as it is, as much
as I did twenty years ago.
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, Avis Bunnage
, Barbara Ferris
, Billie Whitelaw
, Charlotte Cornwell
, Gary Kemp
, Gary Love
, Jimmy Jewel
, John McEnery
, Kate Hardie
, Martin Kemp
, Steven Berkoff
, Susan Fleetwood
, Tom Bell
, Victor Spinetti
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