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Overall Rating
2.84

Awesome: 14%
Worth A Look: 10%
Average: 24%
Pretty Bad50%
Total Crap: 2%

5 reviews, 20 user ratings


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Plunkett and MacLeane
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by Scott Weinberg

"What the hell did I just watch??"
2 stars

A whole bunch of familiar buddy-movie cliches, mixed with anachronistic dialogue and music, and a director seemingly on crack. Not without it's good points, but I'm wondering who exactly is the intended audience for an Amadeus type action-adventure with no real excitement and the funniest wigs ever caught alive.

A list of things I never want to see again:

1. The hero of a movie (or anyone, really) force-pooping a diamond out of his rectum.

2. Any screenplay that was conceived on 8 tabs of acid.

3. A Victorian period drama/adventure/comedy/romance with fireworks and mud and filth everywhere.

4. Liv Tyler trying on an accent.

5. A scene where our hero is about to hang...but gets rescued.

6. The "dry-ice" technique of filmmaking, which allows a pompous first-time director (son of Ridley Scott, no less) to hide the fact that everything is filmed on a back-alley somewhere.

7. A scene where our heroes are cornered in a completely shot-up vehicle, only to escape by some ridiculous means. (Didn't know manholes were so prevalent in Victorian England.)

8. A fish-eye lens close-up shot of a fat lunatic jumping up and down and laughing directly at the camera. This technique was perfected in David Lee Roth's classic "Just A Gigolo" video, and I don't see why it has to be used here.

9. A scene where our hero is about to be shot in the face, only to be rescued by some other hero who's been shot about 7 times, yet still has the strength to carry a grown man's dead weight.


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It's not really a terrible film, it's just that everything here has been done before, only without those goddam wigs. Seems our heroes are on the poor end of the pay scale, and they're itching to do something about it. (Everybody in this movie should be itching, as this story evidently took place one year before the invention of water.) They begin robbing the rich to give to themselves, and are quickly dubbed the Gentlemen Highwaymen, given that they smell slightly less like feces than everyone else in sight. There's the ruthless villain/policeman, the fat, gross and corrupt politician, and his beautiful niece who falls madly in love with a man who robs her at gunpoint, but says please about it.

It had its moments. Few, but not completely pathetic. Robert Carlyle is usually worth watching, at least until the music starts and the three people left in the audience goes into brain convulsions. This one may be worth seeing solely for curiosity value, because it's just weird.

Bizarre and somewhat bewildering, this strange movie reaffirms the fact that tired old cliches remain just that, no matter how much smoke and pyrotechnics the first-time director employs. Out of place dialogue and music may seem cute to film students, but to moviewatchers, it's a distraction. This one is so grungy and grimy, it's a movie you can almost smell.

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originally posted: 10/14/99 15:41:03
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User Comments

2/08/09 Adam It's Georgian, Not Victorian - an important point 'cos Georgian England was rough & ready 4 stars
7/12/07 Plunk Ken Stott as, Mr Chance. Brilliant 4 stars
10/31/06 Swiss Tony A worse than average film, in some places frankly weird 2 stars
4/05/06 Jill Anderson Screw you guys! I loved it. 5 stars
7/08/04 Gimblebrox Excellent comedic humourous romp if you expected anything else TOUGH!!! 5 stars
1/25/04 Ingo Entertaining, humorous, gripping. 4 stars
3/20/03 Zoe What on earth was that film trying to do? 2 stars
11/21/02 Batgirl It was stupid 2 stars
9/02/02 Jonny Myu fav movie off all time, sticks two grubby fingers up at the period drama... 5 stars
3/02/02 Roy Hillan An exciting departure from realisim 5 stars
4/09/01 A. S. Long There's a gread deal of comedy--admittedly, some of it is dark--in this film. The setting 5 stars
3/15/01 Richard Wright This is part of the British film Renaissance.. Bloody Crap innit?! 2 stars
3/14/01 Phil M. Afficianado Of 16 votes, 5 awesome + 5 bad. What gives? Some like train wrecks? AngryJew right (again) 2 stars
10/09/00 Sir David A Brooks Great film. I liked the mix; it worked well! 5 stars
6/01/00 mahone Completely bad. Suckadelic, for sure. 1 stars
3/20/00 Richard Wright A period drama with profanity was always a terrible idea , who greenlights this rubbish? 2 stars
10/16/99 Suzanne Liv Tyler trying an accent? I don't think I'll bother - thanks for the warning! 2 stars
10/05/99 Bats Liv Tyler was grating but mercifully absent from most of this interesting film 4 stars
10/02/99 Judith Evans Hanhisalo Fantastic film 5 stars
5/04/99 Jackie Macedo A poor man's Mask of Zorro, but Alan Cumming was fabulous. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  01-Oct-1999 (R)

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Australia
  20-May-1999 (MA)




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