The Shouting Men details
|Formats:||15 DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Tom Bonington, Craig Fairbrass, Tony Denham, Tony Denham, Matt Daniel-Baker, Dudley Sutton, Warren Llambias, Kelly Johnston, Malcolm Freeman|
|Genres:||Comedy, Drama, Sport|
|Studio:||KALEIDOSCOPE HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Sporting Drama, Sporting Movies|
The Shouting Men
|1hr 28 mins||15|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 28 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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Road movie brings new dimension to football flicksBy Scott Murray - The Guardian from The Observer - London , 28 Feb 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]The attitudes of football fans have come a long way since the 1970s. British cinema has been slow to recognise this, however, and to this day delivers a constant spirit-sapping stream of fraudulently glamorous bovver movies â usually starring Danny Dyer strutting around like Liam Gallagher with an inflamed coccyx â which depict firms engaging in nawty rumbles, pwopah tear-ups, and the occasional pinging of some nonce. It's a flagrant insult to the intelligence: few other groups are trapped in a similar celluloid timewarp. Do policemen still sport handlebar moustaches? Do office workers hanker after the keys to the executive washroom? Has Hugh Grant recently been asked to look up his leading lady's skirt like a latter-day Robin Askwith? The Shouting Men is a first serious tilt at trying to drag the football fan flick into the 21st century. The tale of a group of Gillingham fans thrown together in a minibus on an FA Cup quarter-final awayday to Newcastle, the film begins with ... well, a proper nawty rumble. But the fight is not quite as it seems: instigated by Terry, a wheelchair-bound version of Trainspotting's pub nutter Begbie (played with a light comic touch by co-writer Matt Daniel-Baker), the bother quickly peters out, with put-upon social worker Rod (co-writer Warren Llambias) inadvertently on the receiving end. Soon enough it becomes clear that The Shouting Men inhabits a world closer to Brassed Off and The Full Monty than The Football Factory or The Firm. One-man force of nature Terry aside, the fans are forced to pull together as their journey first descends into farce, then plummets into something altogether grimmer. As much a road movie as a football film, it's a testament to working-class solidarity. It's funny, too, with a delicious self-deprecating cameo from John Barnes, proving he can read a script better than an autocue. Problem is, the bus contains too many characters with too many pressing problems, and 90 minutes is simply not enough time in which to tell all their stories properly, never mind engage with any of them. Only Dudley Sutton's straight-talking granddad Charlie, the moral ballast of the film, offers any sort of emotional grit. This would be an almost fatal failing in a movie with a charmless premise and script but The Shouting Men breezily survives the problem thanks to the warmth, love and respect it shows both its characters and football fans in general. Scott Murray - The Observer/ Guardian
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give it a goBy kat59 (96 reviews) , 18 Oct 2013not as bad as some reviewers would have you believe. despite the low budget feel, this film has a lot to recommend it. the script was ok and the acting competent but there are some genuinely laugh out loud situations and great one liners. the characters were a bit I dimensional but fairly likeable and danny the wheelchair using psycho was a breath of fresh air. there is nothing new to see here but still worth a watch.
better than I thoughtBy a customer , 18 Sep 2013Read the reviews on this film was in two minds due to the reviews that I read. Gave it a go anyway more because it is set local to us. Pleased that I did watch it as it was a lot better than I thought it would be although it could have been better. Could have done with bigger actors and better jokes.
full monty with ballsBy britpicdick (76 reviews) , 20 Jul 2013Here we go again. Up and Under, The Full Monty, The Match and The Magnificent Eleven all have a lot to answer for. Only one of the four mentioned actually tapped into the zeitgeist of male camaraderie, an dyet here we have gozzy attempt at cracking the code to the 'matey-sports' football sub-genre. (OK, OK, delete the word 'foot' and there's still balls involved in each of them). In this case The Shouting Men tells the predictable story of a bunch of blokes determined to see their favourite team Gillingham FC play at an important match vs. Newcastle Utd. Written and starring two of the leading actors (WARREN LLAMBIAS and MATT DANIEL BAKER) this is one of the more successful vanity projects that litter the Britpic library.
Writer, Warren Llambias casts himself as the sad sack leader of this band of merry idiots. His co-writer, Matt Daniel Baker takes the plum role of the leg-less wheel chair bound hooligan that cons the group into transporting him to the game in a bus hired from 'mental health care in the community' bus. Baker gets a lot of the funny lines and situations. Yes, I'm amazed to report that inspite of The Shouting Men's very very lazy plotting a lot of the comedy dialogue and situations are very funny. Making up the numbers of the shouting men are veteran character actor Dudley Sutton (ORLANDO) as the wise old funny one who is nursing a medical secret (bet you didn't see that one coming), Vyelle Croom's Jamaican closet gay, Tom Gilling as a virginal fast food addict and there's also a string of cameos ranging from the sublime (CRAIG FAIRBRASS - DERANGED) to the embarrassing (JOHN BARNES - BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM). So their journey takes them from pillar to post, encountering prostitutes, lost tickets, bad food, hospital trips, ghosts that can score goals, gay sex cottaging and a license to laugh at the disabled and mentally ill (which is OK in this case as it was written by one from each faction). The first time actors seamlessly blend with the professionals and the acting is generally fine and the comedy timing spot on. It's way better than the starrier and very similar (in tone and story) to The Magnificent Eleven, which is faint praise but praise nonetheless. However, The Shouting Men is utterly crap whenever it swaps the laughs for the more serious beats, in fact its cringeworthy. Llambias and Croom's face off about hiding the latter's homosexuality is really badly handled and makes the writers look like a bunch of bigots from a 100 years ago. The token girl is just that and is only there to fall in love with one of the characters, maybe the lead? Anyway, with a starrier cast this may have been worthy of a cinema release but like Gillingham FC themselves this is distinctly minor league, salvaged by a funny script and great comic timing from its largely amateur cast.
4 out of 10 - Lame but funny comedy that utterly fails to convince when it tries its hand at drama. Funny cast, great cameos. But still distinctly lower league.
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The WorstBy a customer , 21 Dec 2012Don't waste your life like i did with this film. The worst film i've seen in years. You are warned!!
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Good old Tinker!By CheynneStoking (26 reviews) from RH15 , 05 Dec 2012Cracking little low budget British film, if your expecting the same old american blockbuster your renting the wrong film but if you give it a chance is a great film with a solid storyline that's not just about football and some good acting.