Rent Sexy Beast (2000)

3.8 of 5 from 291 ratings
1h 24min
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Synopsis:
A contented ex-villain is forced to do one last spectacular robbery by a psychotic face from his past in this mould-breaking stylish thriller by director Jonathan Glazer. Gary Dove (Ray Winstone) is blissfully retired, living in a Spanish villa paradise with the wife he adores. His perfect lifestyle is shattered by the arrival of his gangster nemesis Don Logan (Ben Kingsley), intent on persuading him to return to London for a big heist.
Desperate not to sacrifice his carefully built idyll, Dove is drawn into a shocking battle of wills with Logan, ending in an explosive psychological showdown, and a sensational underwater bank robbery in which he must risk everything to protect the woman he loves.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , Nieves del Amo Oruet, Enrique Alemán Fabrega, , José Maria Cano Ramos, , Santiago Frias Munoz
Directors:
Producers:
Jeremy Thomas
Writers:
Louis Mellis, David Scinto
Studio:
Channel 4
Genres:
British Films, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/01/2003
Run Time:
84 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scene
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Poster Gallery
  • On Location
  • Isolated Score
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  • Commentary with Ben Kingsley and Producer Jeremy Thomas
  • Audio Description for the Visually Impaired
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/06/2009
Run Time:
88 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English DTS-HD High Resolution 2.0
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Trailers
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Commentary by Ben Kingsley and Producer Jerry Thomas
  • Audio Description for the Visually Impaired

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Reviews (7) of Sexy Beast

Brilliant British gangster film - Sexy Beast review by PT

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31/07/2014

Gel (Winston's) is a retired criminal living in Spain, not tempted to return to villiany for anything. Enter psychopathic Ben Kingsley, to tryand change his mind for a job back in England ( do the job, do it, do it, yes yes yes yes yes). All the cast are great but Kingsley is something else. A must see for gangster lovers.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Excellent Nastiness - Sexy Beast review by Cato

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15/01/2018

I saw this film when it first came out, and it certainly hasn't aged that much in nearly twenty years. It's just as amusing, brilliantly acted, and the directing is top rate. Of course Ben Kingsley steals the show, and Ray Winstone is in superb form - in fact everyone in the cast is great. Ian McShane looks and acts as though he ought to have been in The Godfather. I'm surprised that Jonathan Glazer has surprisingly made only two (very good) films since.

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Perfection in every way and one of the best films ever made. If I could give it 10 stars, I would - Sexy Beast review by TB

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15/01/2021

This film is and will always be one of my top 10 of all time. Not one element isn't perfect. The performances are phenomenal. The locations beautiful. The script a work of genius. The direction inspired. The soundtrack flawless. When people talk about films transporting them to a different world, this is what they mean.

I love how it cannot be pigeonholed in a genre: it's a gangster film, but it's not a gangster film. It's a love story but it's not a love story. It's a heist movie but it's not a heist movie. The most accurate label you could give it would be thriller, but even that completely undersells it.

Whilst the premise sounds like a standard clichéd film, (retired gangster living in Spain is called upon by an old foe for one last job,) this is simply a vague outline of the plot. This is a movie where the beautiful and tranquil life that the main character has built for himself is suddenly and brutally torn apart.

Gal (Winstone) is a retired safe cracker who has left the London gangster scene, where he was a minor celebrity, and moved to Spain, leaving behind the life that landed him in prison and in the end threatened to destroy him. He is married to DeeDee (Redman,) an ex porn star, and the love they have is the central bedrock of the film. You totally believe the deep and passionate connection they have, which makes the later events that much more powerful. They are joined by life-long friends Jackie and Aitch (White & Kendall) in this idyllic life, which is then shattered…

Don Logan (Kingsley,) from the moment he appears on screen, dominates everything. A monster in human form. A man who, in Kingsley’s own words, is “The unhappiest man in the world.” And whilst that may seem like a vague and somewhat tame description, in many ways it gets to the heart of Logan as a man. The resentment and jealousy boil out of him, as he looks at the perfect world that Gal has created, knowing that he will never have anything close to this because no-one would ever want to be with him.

And this knowledge of how people feel about him is both his power and his weakness. His ability to be able to make the people around him do what he wants is only matched by the self-hatred and miserableness of knowing those same people despise him and look forward to the day they never have to see him again. And when that is coupled with Logan’s desperation to be accepted, it combines into a melting pot of violence and anger.

The other genius of casting Sir Ben Kingsley, which this film exploits perfectly, is how to most people he was always seen as Gandhi, the polar opposite of Logan. And this was even in the mind of Ray Winstone, who in a subsequent interview remarked, “Nothing against Ben Kingsley, but I couldn’t see myself being beaten up by Gandhi!” But within 5 minutes Kingsley on screen as Logan, this previous image is totally erased.

The subsequent story and battle of wills between both Winstone and Kingsley but also the other characters, and the culmination of this in the underwater bank robbery, is perfection. In particular, the confrontation in the kitchen, as the tension reaches unbearable levels, is a masterclass in minimal staging producing maximum impact. And this was shot in one take…

To summarise, this film is a masterpiece, and I don’t use that word lightly. Over the space of 90 minutes, you are entertained, horrified, scared, disturbed and laugh out loud. In short, everything that great cinema should be, especially if you like the most creative swearing ever put on film…

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