Naked (Blu-ray) (Criterion Collection)

Directed By: Mike Leigh Starring: David Thewlis

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Story about a desperate gang of lowlifes led by a grim, determined sterling hayden. Together they devise and execute a complex racetrack robbery, but inner tensions and the iron fist of fate work against them.


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SKU 221179272
UPC 715515083812
UPC 14 00715515083812
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/12/2011
Rating Rating
Black Comedy
Essential Cinema
Social Issues
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A cynical and pessimistic Manchester drifter, Johnny (David Thewlis), arrives in London, afflicting his ex-girlfriend and her flatmate with an unsolicited visit. When he isn't having rough sex with the roommate or pestering the night watchman at a sterile, modern office complex, he berates his ex for her bourgeois urban tendencies. Leigh's portrait of a deteriorating world at the end of the twentieth century is an intense drama, which packs an even greater punch due to Thewlis's stunning performance as the bitter Johnny.
Plot Summary
Summary Mike Leigh's NAKED is a violent, penetrating study of an angry young man who lives a dark night of the soul wandering through London's depths, preaching humanity's inevitably approaching demise. After a sexual confrontation--possibly a rape--Johnny (David Thewlis) flees his native Manchester for London, where he hopes to find shelter with his ex-girlfriend Louise (Lesley Sharp). Full of fury and blessed with a caustic wit, he rails futilely at all the societal mechanisms that oppress him, but vents his rage at women in particular. He immediately attacks Louise's bourgeois career aspirations, and pits her against her vulnerable, drugged-out roommate, Sophie (Katrin Cartlidge), in a competition for his affections. When Johnny begins to chafe under Sophie's desperate neediness, he disappears aimlessly into the city, where he meets a variety of social outcasts, including an alcoholic waitress (Gina McKee) and a lonely security guard (Peter Wight). Disgusted with the ever-present savagery of post-modern Britain, Johnny eventually returns to Louise after he is viciously beaten up. There, he encounters Jeremy (Greg Cruttwell), a mirror image of himself in the guise of a modern materialist, who has abused Louise and Sophie in even more humiliating ways. One of the most intense and sardonic films of the 1990s, NAKED features an electrifying performance by Thewlis.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "My feelings about 'Naked' are as ambivalent as my feelings about our chaotic late 20th-century world... I don't really want to pontificate about this film. I'd rather let it speak for itself." (Director Mike Leigh on "Naked") -- Claire Monk, SIGHT AND SOUND, 11/1993
New York Times "...A brilliant somersault of a movie that lands this fine English director in dark new cinematic territory..." 10/15/1993 p.C3
Premiere "...Brilliantly observed..." - Recommended 07/01/1994 p.92
Variety "...A strangely moving love story....Anchored by a confident tour de force from Thewlis..." 05/24/1993
Entertainment Weekly "With lunatic swagger and gonzo jive, Thewlis explores the dark pits of nocturnal London..." -- Grade: A 09/23/2005 p.73
Mike Leigh
David Thewlis
Cast & Crew
Ewen Bremner - Star
Gina McKee - Star
Peter Wight - Star
Katrin Cartlidge - Star
David Thewlis - Star
Greg Cruttwell - Star
Lesley Sharp - Star
Mike Leigh - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1993
UPC 00715515083812
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 131 minutes
Color Color
Name David Thewlis
Award Category Best Actor
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1993
Award Giver Cannes
Name Mike Leigh
Award Category Best Director
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1993
Award Giver Cannes
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Video Format Blu-Ray

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