Dead Mans Shoes

Directed By: Shane Meadows Starring: Paddy Considine Gary Stretch

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Richard has always protected his simple-minded little brother anthony. When richard leaves the village where they've grown up to join the army, anthony is taken in by sonny, a vicious drug dealer and his gang. Anthony becomes the gang's pet and plaything. Seven years later, richard returns to settle the score.


Studio Magnolia
SKU 202847291
UPC 876964000307
UPC 14 00876964000307
Format DVD
Release Date 10/1/2014
Rating NR
Family Interaction
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Editors Note
Note Talented director Shane Meadows (A ROOM FOR ROMEO BRASS) teams up with fellow Brit Paddy Considine (IN AMERICA) for this exhilarating venture towards the dark edges of the human psyche. Considine plays Richard, a former military man who looks like life has chewed him up and spat him out in the most ugly way imaginable. As Meadows's film begins, Richard returns to his small home town along with his mentally challenged younger brother, Anthony (Toby Kebbell). It quickly becomes clear why Richard has returned: some years previously a gang of local thugs, led by the thoroughly unpleasant Sonny (Gary Stretch), tortured Anthony, and Richard is hell-bent on making them pay for their crimes. Meadows gradually allows Richard's psychotic tendencies and lust for revenge to unravel, crafting a number of scenes where Richard teasingly mocks Sonny and co. before delving into scenes of shockingly relentless violence. ^An unusual film for Meadows, who has mostly plied his trade as a director of wry British comedies, DEAD MAN'S SHOES is packed full of unbearable tension and densely claustrophobic camera work. The film really belongs to Considine, whose impressive performance feels painfully real, often mirroring legendary on-screen psychopaths such as Robert DeNiro's Travis Bickle (TAXI DRIVER) or Michael Caine's Jack Carter (GET CARTER). Although the violence is unremitting when it comes, Meadows carefully judges it so the film doesn't descend into meaningless slasher territory, instead choosing to steer his film into a satisfying fantasy-revenge scenario aimed at anyone who has been tormented by small-town aggressors.
New York Times "With its raw, grainy texture and forceful sense of urgency, Shane Meadows's unsparing revenge thriller DEAD MAN's SHOES is reminiscent of a kind of film prominent in the 1970's, most notably Sam Peckinpah's STRAW DOGS." 05/12/2006 p.E10
Box Office 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[G]ripping drama...thanks to a ferociously effective performance from Considine that turns the smallest of gestures and the gentlest of line readings into a controlled burn that takes no prisoners..." 07/01/2006 p.65
Shane Meadows
Paddy Considine
Gary Stretch
Cast & Crew
Aphex Twin - Original Music By
Celia Haining, et. al. - Editor
Danny Cohen - Cinematographer
Gary Stretch - Actor
Jo Hartley - Actor
Mark Herbert - Producer
Paddy Considine - Writer
Paddy Considine - Actor
Shane Meadows - Director
Steve Beckett - Executive Producer
Toby Kebbell - Actor
"Celia Haining, et. al." - Editor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 10030
UPC 00876964000307
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 90 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Nominee (2005) British Academy Awards, Mark Herbert, Shane Meadows, Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
ReviewSource The Guardian
Review "There is carnage; there is bloodshed; but Meadows coolly keeps everything loping along at an unhurried pace. This is a world where blokes who've known each other since boyhood, and remain childish in everything but innocence, go round to each other's manky houses to hang about, doing not very much...It's a very confident piece of work though, and Meadows impresses a directorial signature on every scene. He is particularly good on the sense of place: the abject semis, the dank avenues, the rusting fences: the untenanted, unpoliced wasteland between suburbia and countryside, which becomes the bad guys' abattoir."
Reviewer Peter Bradshaw
ReviewRating 8
Review "With Dead Man's Shoes, his follow-up to the light-hearted Spaghetti Western homage Once Upon A Time in the Midlands, writer/director Shane Meadows has crafted a relentlessly dark and disturbing vigilante drama in the grim mold of Death Wish (1974). Although it's bleak to the point of ugliness, this graphically violent film is actually more intriguing than it first appears. There's a strong streak of black humor in this reasonably successful amalgam of different genre motifs, which takes place in the despairing squalor of a rural Midlands community. Unfortunately, the absence of emotionally engaging characters, combined with the cast's thick, unintelligible accents, undermines what could have been a taut and provocative exploration on the moral price of vengeance."
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 7
DVD, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Considine,Paddy
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News Gripping and artful.
Reed, New York Observer A film for the true connoisseur. Tight, well-made and evocative.
S.F. Said, Daily Telegraph An outright masterpiece...As powerful a piece of work as Taxi Driver was in its day.
"Jami Bernard, New York Daily News" Gripping and artful.
"Reed, New York Observer" "A film for the true connoisseur. Tight, well-made and evocative."
"S.F. Said, Daily Telegraph" An outright masterpiece...As powerful a piece of work as Taxi Driver was in its day.

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