Mister Foe

August 30th, 2007


Mister Foe

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Hallam's talent for spying on people reveals his darkest fears-and his most peculiar desires. Driven to expose the true cause of his mother's death, he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city for love.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.1/10 (7,176 voted)

Critic's Score: 62/100

Director: David Mackenzie

Stars: Jamie Bell, Ruth Milne, John Paul Lawler

The seventeen year-old Hallam Foe is a weird teenager that misses his mother, who committed suicide, drowning in a lake nearby their house in Edinburgh after an overdose of sleeping pills. Hallam spends his spare time peeping at the locals and blames his stepmother Verity Foe, accusing her of killing his mother. After a discussion with his father Julius Foe, Hallam sneaks out from his house and travels to Edinburgh, where he sees Kate Breck and becomes obsessed with her because of her resemblance to his mother. Kate hires Hallam to work in the kitchen of the hotel where she works and they have a strange romance, while Hallam reaches his maturity the hardest way.

Writers: Peter Jinks, David Mackenzie

Jamie Bell - Hallam
Ruth Milne - Jenny (as Ruthie Milne)
John Paul Lawler - Carl
Claire Forlani - Verity
Lucy Holt - Lucy
Ciarán Hinds - Julius
Malcolm Shields - Kilt Man
John Comerford - Grumpy Glaswegian
Gerry Cleary - Grumpy Glaswegian
Paul Blair - Raincoat Man
Neil McKinven - Police Officer
Sophia Myles - Kate
Jamie Sives - Alasdair
Maurice Roëves - Raymond (as Maurice Roeves)
Stuart Hepburn - Police Inspector

Taglines: Some people see life differently


Official Website: Offical blog | Official US site |

Release Date: 30 August 2007

Filming Locations: Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: £3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £132,972 (UK) (2 September 2007) (98 Screens)

Gross: $55,773 (USA) (12 October 2008)

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Did You Know?

Although much of Hallam Foe is filmed in central Edinburgh, the film avoids showing Edinburgh Castle, which is visible from many of the real life locations.

Errors in geography: Hallam works in the Balmoral Hotel at the East end of Princes Street, yet all shots of the staff entrance to the hotel are clearly the Caledonian Hotel at the West end of the Street.

Hallam Foe: Look, you're very attractive but I'm very politically committed to the gay cause.

User Review

Jamie Bell comes of age

Rating: 7/10

Years on from his success in Billy Elliott, it's great to see Jamie Bell being given a vehicle to show that he has the genuine talent to carry a film. Hallam Foe is a fine British production; quirky, disturbing, funny, interesting, thought-provoking and consistently well-shot and soundtracked. At the same time, it's a little gimmicky, heavily-influenced (Trainspotting, Rear Window et al), and frankly far-fetched in its depiction of the unlikely love between Hallam and the object of his affection in Edinburgh (Sophie Myles). But where the disbelief needs suspending,Jamie Bell's performance saves the day, on the emotional side through bringing tremendous depth to his character, and on the physical side by making his rooftop athleticism completely believable. For all its faults, this is a admirable and brave piece of work, well worth-watching if you're after something dark and provocative that will also make you laugh (the badger suit?).


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