Rent Raining Stones (1993)

3.7 of 5 from 86 ratings
1h 27min
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Synopsis:
Bob Williams (Bruce Jones) is a survivor. He supplements his dole by becoming embroiled in whatever scam is on offer, from rustling sheep to rodding drains. But now life has dealt him a bitter blow. His van has been stolen and his daughter, Coleen (Gemma Phoenix), is approaching her first communion. She needs the traditional white dress, shoes, veil and gloves. Where on earth is the money going to come from?
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Sally Hibbin
Writers:
Jim Allen
Studio:
Cinema Club
Genres:
British Films, Comedy, Drama
Countries:
UK
Awards:

1993 Cannes Jury Prize

BBFC:
Release Date:
01/05/2002
Run Time:
87 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/09/2017
Run Time:
91 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Ken Loach: The Guardian Lecture at the National Film Theatre with Derek Malcolm (1992, 74 mins) Face to Face: Jeremy Isaacs talks to Ken Loach (Geraldine Dowd, 1991, 40 mins): the former head of Channel Four discusses the filmmaker's life and career
  • Carry on Ken (Toby Reisz, 2006, 49 mins): an in-depth documentary appraising the director
  • Original Trailer
  • Stills Galleries

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Reviews (2) of Raining Stones

Gritty and realistic but with considerable warmth and humour - Raining Stones review by RP

Spoiler Alert
02/02/2012

Set on a council estate in Langley, Middleton, an overspill housing area for Manchester, the film tells the story of the life and hard times of Bob, who wants his daughter to have a (costly) new dress for her first communion. Out of work, he resorts first to dodgy deals and then in desperation to borrowing the money, which results in a loan shark and local hard man terrorising his family; Bob then takes his revenge.

Told with humour as Bob (played by Bruce Jones) and his mate Tommy (played by Ricky Tomlinson) bumble around trying to raise money through assorted ill thought out schemes. The film is typical of Ken Loach's work, with the message that the British working class are hard done by and driven to desperate deeds by the system. The film is gritty and realistic but with considerable warmth, the characters are believable, and Bob is portrayed as a fundamentally decent man, the victim of unavoidable circumstances. 4/5 stars. Highly recommended.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Fine acting and direction with political punch - Raining Stones review by DB

Spoiler Alert
19/10/2017

In "Raining Stones", Loach picks up some of his familiar themes - in particular, the ways that small pieces of poor fortune can spiral into serious, sometimes life-threatening, situations for those who are already vulnerable. Bob (Bruce Jones) and Tommy (Ricky Tomlinson) are friends, neighbours, and collaborators in various schemes to raise a bit of money, but things seldom work out as they hope. Bob's daughter is about to make her first communion, and he wants the very best for her, which means an expensive new outfit for the big day. His pride is one of his great strengths - but it is also the root of his problems.

The dialogue is also classic Loach, apparently ad-lib and conversational rather than slick and scripted, which adds to the humanity of the characters and the realism of the film. Perhaps less typical of Loach is his portrayal of the church's role in the community in this film, in the person of Fr Barry (Tom Hickey), who is known by his people, and who knows them - the good and the bad - and loves them.

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