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Story

A retired British gangster (Ray Winstone) is trying to keep out of a London heist, despite the efforts of Don Logan (Ben Kingsley), a goateed, shaved-headed pit bull of a gangster in this raw, startling film that grabs your attention and never lets go. Gary "Gal" Dove lounges at his villa on Costa del Sol, with not a care in the world, until his Mediterranean paradise is interrupted by Logan, just arrived to recruit Gal for a London heist led by mob boss Teddy Bass (Ian McShane). Gal refuses the job; Logan won't hear it. He's human nitroglycerine, ready to explode at the slightest provocation, spewing Cockney profanities like armor-piercing bullets. Sexy Beast presents him as hilarious and horrifying, a soloist whose instrument is pure, bilious rage.

Kingsley's volatile performance--the polar opposite of his Oscar®-winning role in Gandhi--expands the actor's range into startlingly unexpected territory. It's the white-hot center of Sexy Beast, but the feature debut of director Jonathan Glazer (after acclaimed TV commercials and music videos) is equally noteworthy for the performance of the lesser-known Winstone, and also for Glazer's brass-knuckle approach to what is, essentially, a conventional gangland thriller. Glazer's instincts aren't always sound (dream sequences involving a hideous man-rabbit prove a bit too peculiar), but with pugilistic rhythm and a humorous knack for combining well-chosen songs and a rough, kinetic visual style, Sexy Beast is a wild ride. --Jeff Shannon.

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Ray WinstoneGary 'Gal' Dove
Ben KingsleyDon Logan
Ian McshaneTeddy Bass
Amanda RedmanDeedee Dove
James FoxHarry
Cavan KendallAitch
Julianne WhiteJackie
Robert AtikoAndy
Álvaro MonjeEnrique

  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: Jonathan Glazer
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 89 min
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 13, 2001
    EuropeJan 12, 2001
    AustraliaAug 16, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 22, 2002
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