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Among Giants (1998)

R | | Romance, Comedy | April 1999 (USA)
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A manager hires Ray, off the books, to paint all the power towers in a 15-mile stretch of high-tension wires outside Sheffield. Ray's crew of men are friends, especially Ray with Steve, a ... See full summary »

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Sam Miller

Writer:

Simon Beaufoy
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pete Postlethwaite ... Raymond 'Ray'
Rachel Griffiths ... Gerry
James Thornton James Thornton ... Steven 'Steve'
Lennie James ... Shovel
Andy Serkis ... Bob
Rob Jarvis ... Weasel
Alan Williams ... Frank
Emma Cunniffe ... Barmaid
Steve Huison ... Derek
Sharon Bower Sharon Bower ... Lyn, Ray's Wife
David Webber ... Billy
Alvin Blossom Alvin Blossom ... Steve's Dad
Sam Wilkinson Sam Wilkinson ... Ray's Son
Jo Wilkinson Jo Wilkinson ... Ray's Daughter
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Storyline

A manager hires Ray, off the books, to paint all the power towers in a 15-mile stretch of high-tension wires outside Sheffield. Ray's crew of men are friends, especially Ray with Steve, a young Romeo. Into the mix comes Gerry, an Australian with a spirit of adventure and mountain climbing skills. She wants a job, and against the others' advice, who don't want a woman on the job, Ray hires her. Then she and Ray fall in love. He asks her to marry him, gives her a ring. Steve's jealous; Ray's ex-wife complains that he spends on Gerry, not his own kids, and she predicts that Gerry won't stay around. Plus, there's pressure to finish the job fast. Economics, romance, and wanderlust spark the end. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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a love story from the writer of "The Full Monty".

Genres:

Romance | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Entre Gigantes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,276, 28 March 1999

Gross USA:

$65,748

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,748
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Although made after, Simon Beaufoy actually wrote this screenplay before he penned the screenplay to The Full Monty (1997). See more »

Quotes

Ray: How long you been out on the road?
Gerry: How long is a piece of string?
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Soundtracks

Painting Up the Heavens (Among Giants)
Written by Wayne Clark
Performed by Big Sky
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Electric Monty
10 February 2003 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

As a drama set in working class Yorkshire, Among Giants certainly has its antecedants: The Fully Monty, with which it shares a screenwriter, Sheffield and an interest in full male nudity (which in this film, we actually get to see!); Brassed Off, which also featured Pete Poselthwaite, a collection of emotional but never histrionic performances, and a slightly charicatured depiction of free market economics; and sitting above them all, the memory of Ken Loach's Kes. The film lacks Loach's realism, and the plot is full of holes. Against that, both Poselthwaite and Rachel Griffiths are superb, and it's shot with a great feel for landscape, both inside and outside the city. It's not perfect, and it lacks the Monty's cheap selling points, but in spite of that, it's done with real feeling and is arguably the better film.


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