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16 Years of Alcohol

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Frankie (Kevin McKidd; Trainspotting, Dog Soldiers, De-Lovely) is an intelligent but angry man who reacts to the pain that life has dealt him with vicious fits of brutality. After being raised by a philandering, alcoholic father and spending his formative years leading a gang on the mean streets of Edinburgh, he discovers solace in an unfamiliar form - love. The affection of Mary (Susan Lynch; From Hell, Waking Ned Devine) forces Frankie to open up for the first time in his life. At a crossroads, Frankie looks inside himself in one last effort to deal with his demons.

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  • Actors: Jim Carter, Susan Lynch, Kate Robbins, Kevin McKidd, Ewen Bremner
  • Directors: Richard Jobson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007Z9RC0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,123 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 7, 2007
Format: DVD
In 16 Years of Alcohol the viewer gets a look into the life of an alcoholic skinhead (McKidd), his troubled family life, his induction into the drinking culture, his houligan friends, two bitter-sweet romances, and ultimately his move away from being an alcohlic bad-boy.

At the core of this movie is Kevin McKidd, definately one of the most talented and versitle actors today. McKidd takes us through his character Franks life with zeal rarely seen (sorry Brad Pitt could never touch McKidd). McKidd can be hideously ugly and violent in one scence, stunningly beautiful the next. Throughout the film we are repulsed by Frankie, learn to love him, and (spoiler warning) hope the beating he recieves at the hands of his old "friends" acts as a final catharsis for his old life (instead of him getting killed). As he was in Bedrooms and Hallways, Rome, Dog Soldiers, and Journeyman, McKidd is infinitely fascinating to watch, and certainly the best actor out there today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Regan on November 25, 2009
Format: DVD
I caught part of this movie while flipping channels, and it grabbed me immediately. I'm sorry, but making a comparison to Clockwork Orange or Trainspotting is absurd. There is no fantasy element in this film, and no sensationalistic deaths or surreal hallucinations, just people trying to become better people. This is a straight drama with an edge of noir. This film seems to be a memoir of someone trying to alter the path he set for himself early on, and it is difficult to reroute himself. Really powerful, sometimes poetic, and firmly rooted in reality. If you appreciate complex characters, fine acting, and superior filmmaking without explosions, I would highly recommend this film. If I had to draw any comparisons, it would be to "The 25th Hour".
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jon T. Drinnon on December 4, 2005
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Imagery, acting, plot, directing: this film has it all. The main character is fully fleshed out and makes you believe in him. The film will have you sitting on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. This is the best film I have seen in some tiime, bar none!

Jon Drinnon
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Weiland on June 26, 2006
Format: DVD
Well, the begining comes off as a wannabe A Clock Work Orange and just doesn't come off quite as shocking or brutal as Clock Work did. Eventually you understand that this is a very personal story and pretty much soley focuses on the main character who does a great job at acting. However, the over all film did not leave me begging for more or even a second watch. It attempts to be brutal yet the content is honestly far from it. If your going into this film with the hopes of endless bar brawls and sheer mayhem on the streets then I'd look else where or just watch A Clock Work Orange again. I just feel the film did not reach it's full potential. If you want an emotional and personal story about one mans journey to become "a better person" then have at it.

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The film is not much in action; not much in comedy; not really dramatic but it is one of the best films I have seen.
I really could not explain why either since I am more of a documentary or action movie kind of guy.

I think after some thought I come to understand that it was less because of the movie per se but rather the broad message of the story [Hope] told in a loose kind of Shakespearean tragedy.

Taken into a broader view it I see it with more in the sense of "Perks of Being a Wallflower" (the book). But instead of a coming of age aspect like in "Perks" I see it as something John Stuart Mills once said (not in the movie): "There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home." Like in "Perks" both character's develop the story through new experiences in a sort of dark comedy style in my opinion.

Kevin McKidd's character Frankie goes through a three stages: (1) Lose of innocence; (2) Self-destructive present; (3) Period of change, in which Frankie tries to believe in hope and love. The story and monologues are clique but effective in telling the main character's struggle. In some point the "currency" of hope starts to deplete as he struggles with his demons. He tries to change himself but eventually fails. He realizes that he can not wake up one day and become a different person or change who he is... He can only make himself better by leaving the path planned and meeting the path that awaits.
The movie to me is a realistic view of the theme hope. I like the ending quote as it fits the theme of hope well:

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep." - Robert Frost
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"16 Years of Alcohol" (2004 release from Scotland; 96 min.) brings the story of Frankie (played by Kevin McKidd), As the movie opens, we see a man entering a pub, ordering a drink and then leaving without drinking it, trying to make a phone call from a pay phone to a loved one, but then confronted by thugs. From there the movie flashes back to the very beginning of the story, as we meet Frankie as a young boy, whose father is an alcoholic and openly cheats on his wife. As Frankie grows up, we see him being part of a youth gang that terrorizes the neighborhood. Then one day, Frankie falls for the record store manager, Helen. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it al plays out.

Couple of comments: first, this is the movie debut from writer-director Richard Jobson (ex-front man of the Scottish punk/pop band The Skids). The movie essentially plays as a 2-in-1 movie: the first part brings us the hellish days of Frankie the thug, while the second part brings us how Frankie tries to redeem himself, It's been mentioned before, but it nevertheless bears repeating: the first part of the movie has a distinct "Clockwork Orange" feel to it. The fact that we see a poster of "A Clockwork Orange" in Frankie's apartment only drives home the point. Second, there are quite a number of memorable lines in the movie, courtesy of the voice-over from Frankie as he fills us in on what is going on in his mind. "Sometimes for some people things don't work out as they might've hoped" is the opening line of the movie, wow. "Where is hope in a hopeless city?" is another one of them. Speaking of the city, the movie is set in Edinburgh, and the city is very much a part character of the movie, just beautiful.
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