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Bullet Boy (2004)

R | | Drama | 8 April 2005 (UK)
In one of East London's most volatile neighborhoods, pride, rivalry and revenge are the only codes on the street. Touted as a British Boyz in the Hood, Bullet Boy is a gripping and ... See full summary »

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Saul Dibb
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Walters ... Ricky
Luke Fraser Luke Fraser ... Curtis
Leon Black Leon Black ... Wisdom
Clare Perkins Clare Perkins ... Beverley (as Claire Perkins)
Sharea Samuels ... Shea (as Sharea-mounira Samuels)
Curtis Walker Curtis Walker ... Leon
Rio Tison Rio Tison ... Rio
Clark Lawson Clark Lawson ... Godfrey
Jadiel Vitalis Jadiel Vitalis ... Meadow
Sylvester Williams Sylvester Williams ... Neville
Jaime Winstone ... Natalie (as Jamie Winstone)
Louise Delamere ... Probation Officer
Des Hamilton ... School Teacher
Chris Callendar Chris Callendar ... Ricky's Solicitor
Husseyn Clus Husseyn Clus ... Turkish Van Driver
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Storyline

In one of East London's most volatile neighborhoods, pride, rivalry and revenge are the only codes on the street. Touted as a British Boyz in the Hood, Bullet Boy is a gripping and authentic drama that takes an unflinching look at two troubled, street-smart boys. Fresh out of jail, 18-year-old Ricky (Ashley Walters, Get Rich or Die Tryin') and his 12-year-old brother, Curtis, struggle to walk the straight and narrow when a minor street clash escalates into an all-out neighborhood war. For Ricky and Curtis, friendships, family and loyalty will be tested to the extreme in a world where guns are a fact of everyday life and boys try to be men before they're even teenagers. Music by Massive Attack. Written by Anonymous

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You only get one shot at life. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, a strong sex scene, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bullet Boy - Sem Perdão See more »

Filming Locations:

Hackney, London, England, UK

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP1,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$572,990
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Shot largely within one square mile on the edge of Hackney. See more »

Goofs

When Rio and Leon are playing hide and seek, the boom microphone is visible in the lower left corner screen for a second. See more »

Soundtracks

Drawing Board
Performed by Terri Walker
Written by Louise Francis and James Yards
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Magnificent
13 March 2005 | by Axaxaxas_mloSee all my reviews

Bullet Boy is the sort of film that deserves to be seen by far more people than are, unfortunately, ever likely to see it. It's utterly gripping the whole way through - almost every scene is filled an unbearably tense air of looming tragedy, as events spiral out of control. The cast (a mixture of professionals and non-actors) all give superb, deeply honest performances, most notably Ashley Walters and Claire Perkins.

Where most British films that strive for an air of realism fail by simply trying too hard, laying on the "grittiness" far too thick, Bullet Boy always seems completely natural, unforced and unfailingly true-to-life. While it's undeniably a fairly bleak and upsetting tale, the film is never boring, never depressing, never anything less than wholly involving. Crafting something genuinely special with a very limited budget, this is a great feature debut from documentary maker Dibb. You shouldn't see Bullet Boy because it's an "issue" film (although the issue it addresses is extremely important); you should see it because it's a brilliant film.


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