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Heartlands (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 27 April 2003 (UK)
Gentle Colin 'Col' Lawes happily lead a quiet life, running a news agency with his spoiled-rotten wife Sandra and playing competition darts in the Atletic Arms team. Colin catches her ... See full summary »

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Damien O'Donnell

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Paul Fraser, Paul Fraser (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Sheen ... Colin
Mark Addy ... Ron
Jim Carter ... Geoff
Celia Imrie ... Sonja
Ruth Jones ... Mandy
Phillipa Peak Phillipa Peak ... Sarah
Jane Robbins Jane Robbins ... Sandra
Paul Shane ... Zippy
Mark Strong ... Ian
Joe Dempsie ... Craig (as Joseph Dempsie)
Silas-Paul Simpson Silas-Paul Simpson ... Andy
Russell Hayes Russell Hayes ... Russ
Alan Williams ... Deno
Bill Rodgers ... Dennis
James Corden ... Shady
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Gentle Colin 'Col' Lawes happily lead a quiet life, running a news agency with his spoiled-rotten wife Sandra and playing competition darts in the Atletic Arms team. Colin catches her committing adultery with team captain Geoff, a cop, who pretends Colin abused her. Col is thrown off the team just after it qualified for the league finals in Blackpool. He decides to travel there alone, hoping to win her back. The adventurous journey feels like the start of a more playful life. Written by KGF Vissers

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An offbeat road trip... An exciting new world!

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of sensuality and some language | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Joe Dempsie. See more »

Crazy Credits

Coach Driver - Mel Gibson (the credit was added as a laugh at the expense of producer Harvey Weinstein, who wanted starrier names in the cast). See more »

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I Wonder What is Keeping My True Love This Night
By Kate Rusby
Performed by Kate Rusby, John McCusker, Andy Cutting and Michael McGoldrick
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Overlooked road movie with moped, folk and Blackpool
2 July 2004 | by iain-mcleanSee all my reviews

Story: Cuckolded shopkeeping darts enthusiast, Colin, sets off cross country to win back his wife. Out of his routine life and familiar home town and passing through the beauty of the Peak District to the brashness of Blackpool, Colin meets with a series of people and incidents that shape his new life. Funny and very human.

How this film got zero publicity (apart from a few dismissive reviews) at the time of its cinematic release and is still not available on video/DVD is a mystery. It is witty, charming, beautifully shot, with excellent performances. The seven day structure to the story, in which a simple man's simple life is utterly transformed, underlines the foregoing monotony of the lives of all of the characters. The fabulous cast play their roles for all they are worth with out hamming it up. There are grotesques, but overall it is a subtle portrayal. The Northern setting allows for drab urban to glorious country to kitch seaside backdrops, and the provincial anonymity is used to indicate the everyman nature of the protagonist, not to present him as a local curio. The are any number of excellent cameos, not least Kate Rusby's set of folk songs, and the red moped!


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