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(YouTube) Video Saturday Cinema, the Krays, 1990 - This UK gangster film was always in the videocassette rental shops in the 90s. Twin brothers are followed from birth to their protection racket in the 60s   (youtube.com) divider line 11
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2013-11-09 09:54:17 AM  
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The Kray brothers were two gangsters that reached the peak of their underworld power in the 60s. This 1990 film covers their lives in episodic fashion from birth onwards. This video was always in the stores but I never seemed to rent it.  It's nothing new for gangster films to try to have an epic sweep to their stories. I think  it somehow justifies their characters as being forces of nature as the 'cause' of their violence. There's some of that here.

More interesting is how women fit in this universe: This is a gangster movie that uses the life of their mother as the narrative spine to tell the story of thegangsters' rise and fall.

The story is a long series of episodes that hint at what's happening inside the Kray brothers' heads. Unlike the doubtless superior Goodfellas, this is a bland world shot with very static cameras and grey on beige wallpaper. The only escape comes with money and even then the tawdriness remains. According to Wiki, the Krays tried to get into the mob but were considered too penny ante!

Peter Medack also directed Romeo is Bleeding.

Other names of note include cinematographer Alex Thompson and editor Martin Walsh.


> Link to last week's Saturday Cinema.
 
2013-11-09 11:15:00 AM  
I had heard that the Krays were the inspiration for the Monty Python's Piranha Brothers. Or maybe that's common knowledge. Did you know that Old MacDonald was a bad speller?
 
2013-11-09 11:28:02 AM  
The actors who play the brothers are actually brothers and original members of Spandau Ballet.
 
2013-11-09 01:40:02 PM  

Some Bass Playing Guy: The actors who play the brothers are actually brothers and original members of Spandau Ballet.


Really?
 
2013-11-09 01:58:10 PM  

LewDux: Some Bass Playing Guy: The actors who play the brothers are actually brothers and original members of Spandau Ballet.

Really?


True.
 
2013-11-09 01:59:11 PM  
....if Spandau Ballet couldn't  get you laid in the 80s, nothing could.
 
2013-11-09 03:59:24 PM  
I prefer the original.

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2013-11-09 06:09:02 PM  
Not a bad flick. This quote from the movie has stuck with me all these years.

"I know your name. Kray.

And I think to meself, "George," I think.... "These boys are special. These boys are a new kind."

You've got it. You've got it.... And I can see it. And you've gotta learn how to use it.

Now, there's lots of people out there, lots of people, who don't like to be hurt. Not them... or their property. Now, these people, who don't like to be hurt, pay people not to hurt 'em.

You know what I'm talkin' about, don't ya? 'Course you do.

Now, when you boys get out of here, you keep your eyes wide open. Watch out for the people who don't wanna be hurt.

Coz you scare the shiat out of me, boys."


// during one of their early stints in an adult prison, a wizened jail veteran had a whispered chat to the Krays after lights out
 
2013-11-10 06:59:57 AM  

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The Kray brothers were two gangsters that reached the peak of their underworld power in the 60s. This 1990 film covers their lives in episodic fashion from birth onwards. This video was always in the stores but I never seemed to rent it.  It's nothing new for gangster films to try to have an epic sweep to their stories. I think  it somehow justifies their characters as being forces of nature as the 'cause' of their violence. There's some of that here.

More interesting is how women fit in this universe: This is a gangster movie that uses the life of their mother as the narrative spine to tell the story of thegangsters' rise and fall.

The story is a long series of episodes that hint at what's happening inside the Kray brothers' heads. Unlike the doubtless superior Goodfellas, this is a bland world shot with very static cameras and grey on beige wallpaper. The only escape comes with money and even then the tawdriness remains. According to Wiki, the Krays tried to get into the mob but were considered too penny ante!

Peter Medack also directed Romeo is Bleeding.

Other names of note include cinematographer Alex Thompson and editor Martin Walsh.


> Link to last week's Saturday Cinema.


Thanks for this. I had insomnia last night and watched it. Cool movie.
 
2013-11-10 12:51:50 PM  
Good movie and the history, real and fictional is just fascinating , I say well done and interesting perspective:-)
 
2013-11-10 10:35:50 PM  
Big Ramifications:

"I know your name. Kray.

And I think to meself, "George," I think.... "These boys are special. These boys are a new kind."

You've got it. You've got it.... And I can see it. And you've gotta learn how to use it.

Now, there's lots of people out there, lots of people, who don't like to be hurt. Not them... or their property. Now, these people, who don't like to be hurt, pay people not to hurt 'em.

You know what I'm talkin' about, don't ya? 'Course you do.

Now, when you boys get out of here, you keep your eyes wide open. Watch out for the people who don't wanna be hurt.

Coz you scare the shiat out of me, boys."



Bugger it. I decided to find the scene and upload it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-20YcAXcfE

Because I love youse.


// looks like they were in the stockade, not jail
 
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