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John Cleese, Bob Hoskins, Ben Kingsley, Oliver Reed, Diana Rigg. A star-studded cast is the highlight of this darkly humorous gangster tale of Harry, a man with only a short time to live, who's looking to get even with his enemies before he goes. 1998/color/99 min/NR/fullscreen.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Director : Michael Winner
- Media Format : Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 39 minutes
- Release date : November 9, 2004
- Actors : Chris Rea, Felicity Kendal, John Cleese, Bob Hoskins, Diana Rigg
- Producers : John Blezard, Michael Winner, Ron Purdie, Timothy Pitt Miller
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Bfs Entertainment
- ASIN : B000641ZFE
- Writers : Michael Winner, Nick Mead
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #159,918 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Singer-songwriter Chris Rea (no relation to Stephen) plays Harry Sterndale, a less than successful photographer who discovers that he has only 6 weeks to live. When told by his lawyer (Peter Davison) to put his affairs in order, he acquires an illegal gun (remember this is England) and decides to bump off everyone who took advantage of him or made him feel miserable. These include his bitchy ex-wife (Diana Rigg), a crooked financier (Bob Hoskins), and a business associate (John Cleese) who stole his ideas. Along the way he meets the love of his life (Felicity Kendal) and in order to provide for her, he hires a hitman (Oliver Reed) to bump him off for the insurance money but then things do not go according to Harry's plans.
The film opened to less than stellar reviews (as did so many of Michael Winner's later offerings) and quickly disappeared. This Canadian DVD allows us to see the film again and to appreciate it for what it is instead of what it isn't. While lead actor Chris Rea is not to everyone's taste (I think he's fine), there are a host of delightful performances from the rest of the cast including Ben Kingsley as an egotistical chef and Joanna Lumley as a New Age bartender. The DVD comes with cast bios, background trivia, and the aforementioned written commentary from director Winner. Try it, I think you'll like it. Just don't expect Monty Python or Simon Pegg style English humor and for heaven's sake, don't expect the British version of DEATH WISH.
Brilliant performances from Diana Rigg, his ex wife, Bob Hoskins a scheming financial advisor, Sir Ben Kingsley, a mad chef/restraunter, Joanna Lumley a pub owner who supplies anything you want be it illegal.
Felicity Kendal who befriends him on his quest, Oliver Reed a magnificent performance as a high society "Hitman" and many other stars show up in this highly hillarious black comedy. It takes a short time to get going, but rest assurred you will never stop laughing, and will be it stiches right to the end of the film, which has a nunber of twists, and very funny conclusion. Listen to the one liner references to his photography by all the stars.
A Michael Winner production, I would say his very best.