January 16th, 2009



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An underworld drama set in the early 1980s, about a lonely factory worker whose life is transformed when he becomes a nightclub doorman.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.8/10 (2,093 voted)

Director: Neil Thompson

Stars: Mel Raido, Colin Salmon, Shaun Parkes

Danny - a lonely factory worker, intimidated by life - is battered and humiliated in front of his kids in a random act of violence. His already bleak existence sinks further into the abyss. On the verge of total breakdown he decides to fight back. He meets a group of night-club doormen who take him in and give him the confidence to stand his ground. As he is drawn deeper into their world he becomes embroiled with the local gangland boss, setting in motion a chain of events with shockingly brutal consequences.

Mel Raido - Danny
Colin Salmon - Louis
Shaun Parkes - Rob
Scot Williams - Sparky
Ellen Thomas - Mrs. Smith
Aicha McKenzie - Helen
Ronnie Fox - Billy Hennessy
Simon Paul Sutton - Fidget
Charlie Clark - Illisa
Katherine McGolpin - Kay
Maxine Peake - Angela
Ian Ralph - Barney (Fatman)
Dominic Coleman - Clinger
Danny Green - Five One (as Daniel Green)
Nick Holder - Mick

Taglines: Once you're in there's no way out


Official Website: Official site | Official MySpace |

Release Date: 16 January 2009

Filming Locations: Birmingham, West Midlands, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: £2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £12,683 (UK) (18 January 2009) (30 Screens)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Germany: (European Film Market)

Did You Know?

Cameo: [Geoff Thompson] the writer of Clubbed and who's life story it is based upon, appears in the film as a Boxer.

Crew or equipment visible: When Danny (Mel Raido) comes to pick up the girls for the first time, as they leave the window to open the door a camera can be clearly seen in the window reflection.

User Review

Great film. Can't wait to see it again.

Rating: 10/10

Just watched this and was blown away, not sure when it is coming to cinema but can't wait to see it again.

There are not many well-known names in the cast but seems to have found the best of the British talent not yet ruined by Hollywood.

The initial story is about a factory worker called Danny who is down on his luck and close to suicide, he is recently divorced and even his kids start to see his weaknesses.

When he starts to involve himself with some new friends at a boxing gym, who work as club doorman, and explores new relationships with people he can trust, his life starts to improve.

With his new found lifestyle other stories start to evolve. Sparky is finding it hard to resist the pressure and the money coming from the local gangland boss Hennessey. Rob is on a crusade of removing the club of Hennessey's drug pushers and Louis, the head doorman tries to keep them in toe including his new found protégé Danny.

I was not old enough to remember the eighties but the film felt embroiled with fashion and music that seemed to show the culture of the time.

There are not many films I can remember getting goose bumps but I was effected several times throughout this film, which is even more surprising considering its genre.

I have just checked out the films website and there is a trailer, so have a look.


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