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The Heavy (2009)

During a routine hit, "Boots" Mason (Gary Stretch) learns a hit has been placed on his own life when a crooked cop, Dunn (Vinnie Jones), tries to kill him. While seeking his revenge, ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Gary Stretch ... Mitchell 'Boots' Mason
Vinnie Jones ... Dunn
Stephen Rea ... Anawalt
Shannyn Sossamon ... Claire
Christopher Lee ... Mr. Mason
Lee Ryan ... Reuben
Adrian Paul ... Christian Mason
Jean Marsh ... Mrs. Mason
Sadie Frost ... Dutch
Geoff Bell ... Frank Marshall
George Harris ... Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luing Andrews ... Vladimir
Sam Ardley Sam Ardley ... Teen One
Dean Bardini Dean Bardini ... Frank's Mate
Greg Bennett ... Mason's Lawyer


During a routine hit, "Boots" Mason (Gary Stretch) learns a hit has been placed on his own life when a crooked cop, Dunn (Vinnie Jones), tries to kill him. While seeking his revenge, secrets kept hidden are exposed and no innocent bystander is safe as bullets fly. In this world where you can trust no one, all bets are off. Written by Elizabeth (Grindstone)

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Getting Out Means Getting Even



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong brutal violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 April 2011 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A nehézfiú See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,137 (United Kingdom), 16 April 2010, Limited Release
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The car Mitchell "Boots" Mason (Gary Stretch) drove was a TVR Sagaris. See more »

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So bad but the last 30 minutes almost redeems it!
26 October 2010 | by andy-gilliganSee all my reviews

I had high hopes for this movie. The plot was a man out of jail working as a debt collector for a local business who was asked to do one last job, in order to get out of it all!! then you have his brother Christian (played by an awful Adrian Paul from the Highlander TV series) who was responsible for putting him in prison who wants to make amends for what happened. When i say "make amends" it certainly doesn't pan out in that way. More on this character later.

Gary Stretch who plays the lead character Mitchell Mason, has a good on-screen presence, but he is not a leading man. He is surrounded by some heavyweights and some seriously bad "lightweights" that actually make him look like Robert De Niro at times (no offence Bob). He tries his best but even Vinnie Jones as the corrupt cop makes him look like a cardboard cut-out as he hams up the "bad cop" role like a spit-roasted pig.

Christopher Lee and Jean Marsh are on show (yet i can't see what possessed them to want to be part of this?) play the parents and some of their scenes are so painful to watch as they are put in scenes with such awful acting that you feel embarrassed for them!

Stephen Rea does his best as an upper class bad guy but you still cringe watching the drivel script he has to deal with. Then you have Sadie Frost as a local Bar Owner (i'm not sure what this part of the film's purpose was, as it was pointless).

Then you have the worst acting I have seen in a long time. Hang on, 2nd worst!

Adrian Paul who plays Mitchell's brother Christian, simply CANNOT act, and that is an understatement. I have seen dead people show more emotion and talent than this guy. I think the director actually did him a favour in hiring the actress to play his wife as she is even worse, and that must have been tough. The acting by these 2 characters would've been perfect in an Olaf Ittenbach horror movie. Yes, its that bad!!

The storyline is all over the place as it tries to be cool and modern by going back and forth in the timelines. I think the film would have worked better if they had just done it from first date to last. I think new directors must think this works in gangster style movies but in this one it fails.

On a plus point, the scenes with Shannyn Sossamon (Claire) are the high points of the film. If only they had put more into this than they did, it could've actually been a good film. There is definitely a chemistry there between the 2 characters and they should have focused on this a lot more. I would say Shannyn's performance is one of the better ones overall.

The last 20-30 minutes of this film are actually not bad, if you can endure the first 70 minutes. But don't expect anything special with this film. You won't get it!! Best thing to do? go and dig out Going Off Big Time. Similar film but better acting, script, plot, etc.

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