April 20th, 2011



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Peter Mullan's third feature as a writer and director, after Orphans and The Magdalene Sisters, returns him to the 1970s Glasgow of his youth... 

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 7.0/10 (2,885 voted)

Director: Peter Mullan

Stars: Conor McCarron, Peter Mullan, Greg Forrest

Peter Mullan's third feature as a writer and director, after Orphans and The Magdalene Sisters, returns him to the 1970s Glasgow of his youth...  

Conor McCarron - John McGill
Peter Mullan - Mr. McGill
Greg Forrest - John McGill - aged 10
Joe Szula - Benny McGill
John Joe Hay - Fergie
Gary Lewis - Mr. Russell
Mhairi Anderson - Elizabeth
Richard Mack - Gerr
Gary Milligan - Canta
Christopher Wallace - Wee T
Marianna Palka - Aunt Beth
Steven Robertson - Mr. Bonetti
David McKay - Mr. Holmes
Linda Cuthbert - Mrs Matheson
Martin Bell - Julian

Taglines: Some people need to be taught a lesson.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 20 April 2011

Filming Locations: Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK

Opening Weekend: £283,210 (UK) (23 January 2011) (72 Screens)

Gross: £632,204 (UK) (30 January 2011)

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Did You Know?

The film uses "Non-Educated DelinquentS" as a "backronym" for "neds" as it is commonly used in modern day Scotland since the 90s. The English equivalent is chav. Many people including police officials and politicians (including famously Rosie Kane MSP) have discussed the term ned using this definition. As the term ned has been used far longer and dates back to the 19th century according to the OED it is not proven that this is the true origin of the term.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The film starts in 1972. The film ends in 1974. The film starts in 1972 whilst join is leaving primary education. The disco in question happens when John is in third year at secondary school. This is autumn of 1974. So playing a song from January of 1974 is absolutely no problem.

User Review

Brutally Classy

Rating: 10/10

Just watched this at the cinema and had to write my first review! Having lived in Glasgow for eight years and seen the number of Chelsea smiles on show, this film hits the nail on the head as to how brutal Glasgow is for deprived kids. The acting is first class. Connor McCarron puts in a mighty performance as a child with a promising future, only to see his dreams disappear as he gets increasingly involved in the Glasgow gangs. 1970's Glasgow is flawlessly recreated and the mood of the film grips you within the first minute. If you've seen it you'l know what i mean! The pace is perfect, Peter Mullan does an excellent job in showing the downfall of the characters and asking questions of society and how tough life can be for a young kid in what is a violent city. I honestly came out of the cinema traumatised and spellbound, which is no mean feat. I would recommend to all, but warn you it will affect you, the violence is intense and the language is pretty grim, but realistic, thats how it is! Possibly s good as Scotlands finest film: Trainspotting, which is something i never thought i'd say.


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