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London Kills Me (1991)

For want of a nail a shoe was lost, for want of a shoe... a young man's life is almost lost, which is exactly what this film is all about: a man barely twenty who wants desperately to pull ... See full summary »


Hanif Kureishi


Hanif Kureishi




Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Chadwick ... Clint Eastwood
Fiona Shaw ... Headley
Brad Dourif ... Hemingway the Restaurant Manager
Naveen Andrews ... Bike
Stevan Rimkus Stevan Rimkus ... Tom Tom
Emer McCourt ... Sylvie
Steven Mackintosh ... Muffdiver
Tony Haygarth ... Burns
Joseph Alessi Joseph Alessi ... Plainclothes Policeman
David Hounslow ... Plainclothes Policeman
Ben Peel Ben Peel ... DJ at Party
Danny John-Jules ... Black Man at Party
Oliver Kester Oliver Kester ... Black Thug at Party
Paudge Behan Paudge Behan ... White Thug at Party
Nick Dunning ... Faulkner


For want of a nail a shoe was lost, for want of a shoe... a young man's life is almost lost, which is exactly what this film is all about: a man barely twenty who wants desperately to pull out of London's drug world by taking a job as a waiter in a 'normal' restaurant. But to do this he must come up with a "sensible pair of shoes," an item that his homeless meanderings hasn't provided him. In fact, the shoes become a symbol of his striving to break away from those, like himself, who are caught up in the tragedy of drugs and lasciviousness which is so aptly described... sometimes graphically, always realistically... in this film. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for drug use, language and some nudity | See all certifications »






Release Date:

13 December 1991 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

London Kills Me - levottomat jalat See more »


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Did You Know?


The title "London Kills me" was suggested to Hanif Kureishi by David Byrne who was just coming from Madrid. In the 80's "Madrid Me Mata"(Madrid Kills Me) was a well known phrase that became popular due to the Magazine "Madrid Me Mata" created and directed by Oscar Mariné (who will later design Film posters for Spanish directors like Almodovar, Medem and De La Iglesia). Soon in the 90's the well known phrase will be used to express the love/hate relationship of certain artists with the city they live in. See more »


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One of the better 90s urban-ite movies
23 January 2005 | by kim303See all my reviews

I really like this film! Of course the apparent main story of the shoes is nonsense, but I see this as a kind of a modern fairy tale. A very likable, light hearted story of a group of misfits & druggies going on with their life. I could relate to the characters quite well and many of them reminded me of people I know so even though basically they are obvious caricatures, IMO they are based enough on reality to make them fit for a film. The pace of the film is very loose & relaxed, and it has that special kind of... (sorry I'm not a native speaker) serendipity? Surprising beauty of very ordinary things that emerge from the everyday noise & chaos. The scene where the posse visits the countryside is very bitterly beautiful in so many ways.

It's not a documentary, so I won't really go into the subject of it giving a realistic image of the early 90s England or not.

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