Rent Wild Bill (2011)

3.6 of 5 from 101 ratings
1h 34min
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Synopsis:
Out on parole after 8 years inside, Bill (Charlie Creed-Miles) returns home to find his now 11 and 15-year old sons, Jimmy (Sammy Williams) and Dean (Will Poulter), abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves. Dean reluctantly forces his Dad to stay, but when Jimmy finds himself in trouble with Bill's old drug-dealing mates, Bill has to decide what kind of Dad he really wants to be - a good one or a free one...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Tim Cole, Sam Tromans
Writers:
Danny King, Dexter Fletcher
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
British Films, Drama
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/07/2012
Run Time:
94 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Making of Wild Bill
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Favourite Films
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/07/2012
Run Time:
98 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Making of Wild Bill
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Favourite Films
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (2) of Wild Bill

Surprisingly good - highly recommended - Wild Bill review by RP

Spoiler Alert
13/11/2012

From the trailer and some of the publicity you might get the impression that this is yet another East End gangster film. But you'd be wrong.

Yes, it's set in the East End (more specifically, Newham / Tower Hamlets) and there are some excellent background shots of the construction of the Olympic Park, and 'Wild' Bill's son has a job on the construction of the nearby Westfield shopping centre at Stratford. Yes, there are gangsters, and yes there is one fight - at the end.

Yet it's really quite a gentle film at heart, despite a certain grittiness. The story goes like this: 'Wild' Bill Hayward returns home from Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight where he's done an 8 stretch for GBH. He finds his boys, aged 16 and 8, living alone in some squalor having been abandoned by their mother. His probation officer forces him to get a job and become more responsible or the children will be taken into care. He does get a job of sorts, avoiding the temptation of easy money dealing drugs, and impresses the local social workers. His eldest son has a job on a construction site, but the younger son is tempted by the money on offer from the local bad boys, and becomes involved in the drug trade. 'Wild' Bill builds a relationship with both sons - not an easy task, given that he's been gone for most of their lives - and sorts out the local baddies at the end.

It's a low budget film but it really does work well, and I enjoyed it very much. Yes, there's plenty of f-ing and blinding, but that seems par for the course these days, but there's a rich seam of humour as well. I was most impressed with Will Poulter who plays 16-year-old Dean - he was also excellent in the recent 'Son of Rambow' which I can also recommend. 'Wild Bill' is worth 4/5 stars from me - highly recommended.

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One of the best in years - Wild Bill review by SM

Spoiler Alert
12/12/2017

Seen this at the cinema a few years ago and watched it again yesterday. Really really enjoyed the movie turkey great acting, directing and story line which both has good drama, comedy and some gangster action. Well worth a watch. Highly recommended.

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