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Dirty Weekend (1993)

Shortly after she moves into her own flat in Brighton, Bella finds she is being spied on and generally harassed by a man living across from her. Finally driven to solving the problem with a... See full summary »

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Michael Winner

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Helen Zahavi (novel), Michael Winner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lia Williams ... Bella
Rufus Sewell ... Tim
Michael Cule Michael Cule ... Norman
David McCallum ... Reggie
Christopher Ryan ... Small One
Sean Pertwee ... The Quiet One
Nicholas Hewetson Nicholas Hewetson ... Bitter One
Christopher Adamson ... Serial Killer
Jack Galloway Jack Galloway ... David
Matthew Marsh ... Bascombe
Ian Richardson ... Nimrod
Shaughan Seymour Shaughan Seymour ... Charles
Mark Burns Mark Burns ... Mr. Brown
David Schaal ... Stan
Matthew Long Matthew Long ... Gun Shop Assistant
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Shortly after she moves into her own flat in Brighton, Bella finds she is being spied on and generally harassed by a man living across from her. Finally driven to solving the problem with a hammer, she realises she is then ready for a crusade against other such problem males. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Bella has decided to take out a few men.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death is Waiting See more »

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Dolby Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The gun shop used in the film was a real shop based in Park Street, St. Albans in Hertfordshire and is still going strong today. See more »

Goofs

At the country pub: the litter bin in which the gun is hidden has a lot of foliage behind it but when Bella picks up the gun and holds it the foliage has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Bitter One: [the three men are molesting an elderly homeless lady] Eugh she's got warts!
Small One: Witches... have warts.
Bitter One: What we have here is an environmental problem.
The Quiet One: So how do we solve it?
Bitter One: Lets burn the witch!
The Quiet One: Ashes to ashes...
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Alternate Versions

Although the cinema version was uncut the 1995 video release was cut by 1 min 22 secs by the BBFC to reduce blows from a hammer murder, a man being suffocated with a plastic bag, and suggested shots of oral sex and Bella vomiting during the car park rape scene. The 2006 DVD release features the same cut print. See more »

Connections

References Mean Streets (1973) See more »

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Beautiful Dreamer
Written by Stephen Foster (as Stephen D. Foster)
Arranged by Rogers and Carol Decker (as Decker)
published by Sony Music Publishing
Performed by Carol Decker
courtesy of Columbia Records
Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd
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Enough is enough.
6 June 2008 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Controversial? What's the big deal? Sure it comes across as tasteless, perverse and unsavoury, but really the underlining black humour in the smarting script and a revenge fantasy layout does mildly soften the savage intentions. When released; the British (sort-of) feminine vigilante 'Dirty Weekend' caused a real uproar. I seen it labelled as pornographic, but it doesn't really come close. It can get dark, daring and nasty, but never arouses. The raving screenplay by Michael Winner and Helen Zahavi (which it's based upon her novel) is lyrically intrusive, can be offbeat, grotesque (you'll know when) and wears its feminist liberation proudly. Surprisingly I thought it was well thought out even with some patchy inclusions and silly developments. However the absurdity it succumbs to makes for an uneven balance between the humour and serious matter. The waxing between the characters was always amusing, especially when the tables are finally turned. Watching the vulnerable nature of our single female protagonist slowly transform and breathe growing confidence (going from a shivering victim to a sardonic murderer) is done in a wonderfully hardy portrayal by Lia Williams. Some might finde her superficially bland, but I found her suitably incisive. The majority of the men come off as filth, unpleasant and sleazy. David McCallum is substantially good as the fractious dentist and Rufus Sewell is fairly unnerving as the grubby pervert. Sean Pertwee also gets a taste of his own medicine. Director Michael Winner's frank handling is gusty and his sledgehammer approach productively works along side the no-holds barred material. Sometimes the way it was shot it felt like a cheap TV movie. Mainly due to the editing. While the crude violence has a malicious streak, it isn't overly explicit or even convincing, but it can evoke severity. David Fanshawe's eclectically uncanny and soulful music score is an odd one to behold. At times it has a majestic air, but other cues are a complete mess. Interesting low-brow and misogynistic exploitation nonetheless.


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