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A Room for Romeo Brass (1999)

Two twelve-year-old boys, Romeo and Gavin, undergo an extraordinary test of character and friendship when Morell, a naive but eccentric and dangerous stranger, comes between them. Morell ... See full summary »

Director:

Shane Meadows

Writers:

Robyn Slovo (story editor), Paul Fraser (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Arrowsmith Martin Arrowsmith ... Dennis Wardrobe
Dave Blant Dave Blant ... School Pianist
Darren Campbell Darren Campbell ... Darren (as Darren O. Campbell)
Paddy Considine ... Morell
Shane Meadows ... Male Nurse (as Shaun Fields)
Julia Ford ... Sandra
Ladene Hall Ladene Hall ... Carol
Frank Harper ... Joseph
Nicholas Harvey Nicholas Harvey ... Neighbour Lad #2
James Higgins James Higgins ... Bill
Bob Hoskins ... Steven Laws
Vicky McClure ... Ladine
Ben Marshall Ben Marshall ... Knock Knock
Joel Morris ... Park Lad #1
Johann Myers ... Clifford
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Two twelve-year-old boys, Romeo and Gavin, undergo an extraordinary test of character and friendship when Morell, a naive but eccentric and dangerous stranger, comes between them. Morell befriends with the two boys and later asks them to help him pursue Romeo's beautiful elder sister. He gradually becomes more violent after she rejects him ... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, and for some elements of violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hol alszik Romeo? See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,713, 29 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,434, 12 November 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the natural chemistry of Andrew Shim and Ben Marshall the two actors almost came to blows during a scene due to Marshall's obnoxious behavior. Paddy Considine admitted in the DVD commentary he had no problem filming the scene at the seaside where he threatens Marshall's character, saying he "couldn't wait to get his hands on the little shit." See more »

Quotes

Morell: Do you think I'm frightened because you're a big fella?
Joe Brass: Obviously not, you're a big touch guy.
Morell: I've eaten bigger cornflakes.
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Dead Melodies
Written by Beck (as Beck Hansen)
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A successor to Loach at last...
16 March 2002 | by dan-382See all my reviews

Hidden as it was in the BBC schedules, I nearly missed this gem of a film. Shane Meadows seems to improve with every picture, following up the raw promise of 'Small Time' and the almost great 'TwentyFourSeven' with this priceless jewel, which is proof that Meadows alone carries the torch of the British film industry forward amidst the Guy Ritchie pap we churn out on a regular basis.

Although the acting from some of the minor characters was a bit on the dodgy side, Paddy Considine shone as the socially inadequate Morrell and the two lads (and their fathers in a memorably frightening final scene) did a solid job. Credit must also go to the screenwriter Paul Fraser, who has breathed some life into the cliched, patronizing 'working class' sceenplays that featured in 'Brassed Off', or (worse) 'The Full Monty'. The usual 'working class' signifiers (a guest appearance by Kathy Burke, or chain smoking as a character trait) were thankfully missing.

'A Room For Romeo Brass' was an excellent piece of observation. The character Morrell brings back awful memories of acquaintances I had in my youth, and these people still hang around the estate like the foulest of stenches. The film replicated 'life' in a way that Danny Boyle would fail to comprehend.

There were some minor imperfections (for instance, the music was over the top), but Meadows is only 29, he has time to perfect his craft. For everyone disillusioned with British film and its compulsion to chase the dollar, this film will restore that lost faith.


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