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Spivs (2004)

Jack, Steve and Goat are East-End Spivs. They spend their time wheeling and dealing wherever and whenever they can. It's not until Jack and the others get involved with a guy called Villa, ... See full summary »

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Colin Teague
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Credited cast:
Kate Ashfield ... Jenny
Linda Bassett ... Auntie Vee
Chooye Bay ... Japanese man (as Chooi Beh)
Elizabeth Berrington ... Nigel's secretary
Jennifer Cartwright Jennifer Cartwright ... Bad Ice Skater
Paul Clarke Paul Clarke ... Gangster
Cavan Clerkin ... Bob
Shane Davey ... Ice Skater
Jack Dee ... Nigel
Louis Dempsey ... Uncle Frank
Glenn Durfort Glenn Durfort ... Glenn
Neil Edmond ... Observant Waiter
Stephen Evans Stephen Evans ... Park Attendant
Julia Hargesheimer Julia Hargesheimer ... Teenage Safe House Girl
Tamer Hassan ... Villa
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Jack, Steve and Goat are East-End Spivs. They spend their time wheeling and dealing wherever and whenever they can. It's not until Jack and the others get involved with a guy called Villa, and they are landed with a big payday they have been waiting for, when they realise what a mess they are into. At the back of the lorry they have smuggled goods in, they find illigal immegrants. Most of them escape but they are left with 2 kids; a boy and a girl, and have to decide what to do with them...Are they going to look after them and feed them, clothe them, love them, etc. or are they going to leave them on the streets of East-End London. Written by CarnabyFilms

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Warning: These people can seriously damage your wealth! See more »

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Official Sites:

Carnaby Films

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Albanian

Release Date:

24 September 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Oi kombinadoroi See more »

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England, UK See more »

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Carnaby International See more »
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Goat: Should we synchronise watches as well?
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Spoofs Only Fools and Horses.... (1981) See more »

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Good mix of Brit gangster and social conscience film excelling at neither
17 December 2006 | by whendeeeSee all my reviews

A London based film, Spiv has the mood of a classic London based Gangster, or wide-boy, films such as 'The long good Friday', Layer Cake, Lock Stock and two smoking barrels. It tackles fundamental, international, human rights issues. There is a reasonable review posted on "Eye for film'. The review doesn't adequately acknowledge the disturbing topic matter of the film: humans, children as a commodity for trade in Western captialistic culture. Life and sex as something that has monetary, tradeable value.

Beautiful lighting and attention to photographics details. For example, during the opening credits we see the Spiv dressing. Smart 3-piece suit, classic style with the last button of the waistcoat undone. Inbetween the calm attention of his dressing we see and hear loud scenes from racecourse. We swiftly move to the spinning a yarn. We watch the Spiv talk in one screen frame while simultaneously viewing the story he is recounting in an inset. This technique of multiple frames is used sparingly, to good effect. The ending is clever and leaves enough to to feed your imagination. It's more of a turning point in a story than a 'wrap up all major themes' ending.

For Anglophiles there are some excellent scenes of London, Docklands, Victorian red-brick terraced streets, slummy high-rise flats, gray skies, the London underground. Jack Dee plays a significant bit part as a builder called 'Nige' with impressively powerful perception and sublety. Summary? This is half way between a well constructed art film and a socially conscious film. It doesn't hit the heights of either, it does meld the experiences well. It is worth watching if either genre moves you.


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