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David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge, Greg Cruttwell View All


Mike Leigh (Director), Mike Leigh (Writer) View All

Released: Sep. 14th, 1993
Runtime: 2 hours, 11 minutes
Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ranting at strangers, and meeting characters in plights very much like his own.
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That is because Johnny comes across as a sexual predator and seems to have no tolerance for anyone other than himself.
David Thewlis gives what's probably his best performance as Johnny, a man with few strengths and countless flaws. His eloquent monologues are roughly balanced by his harsh treatment of others.
Set in early '90s London it stars David Thewlis (7 Years in Tebet, The Big Lebowski) as Johnny, Lesley Sharp (The Full Monty, From Hell) as his long-suffering ex Louise and the late Katrin Cartlidge (Breaking The Waves, Topsy-Turvy) as Sophie. The opening scene sets the tone for the movie, with Johnny seen having rough sex (probably non-consentual) with a much older woman, leaving her in a Manchester allyway and fleeing in a stolen car to London.....