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9 Dead Gay Guys (2004)

 Brendan Mackey, Steven Berkoff  Glen Mulhern  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors:  Brendan Mackey, Steven Berkoff  Glen Mulhern
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: September 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001HAIPY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,079 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The story of two lads from Belfast as they stumble their way through the London gay underworld in search of 'gainful employment'. This being the offering of sexual favors to older gay men in order to subsidize their respective giros. However, when one of the lads accidentally shags a punter to death, they are forced to look for 'work' elsewhere. It is then that they discover the myth of 'The Bread in the Bed' - a huge bed full of money. 'Nine Dead Gay Guys' is the result of the ensuing caper as the lads begin the search for the elusive bed.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classy Little Cult Film August 20, 2004
Format:DVD
NINE DEAD GAY GUYS is a hoot! Director/Writer Ky Mo Lab has concocted a tale of two Irish lads (Byron played by Brendan Mackey and Kenny played by Glenn Mulhern) who have come to London to find the 'streets paved with gold' and instead find that the only way to support their wayward habits of drinking and bumming off others is to play the gay pub route, making money giving sexual favors in the johns. In this dubious line of work they encounter the subterfuge of London's seamy side and come upon a murder that has to do with 'Queen' (Michael Praed), an Orthodox Jew named Golder's Green (Simon Godley) who is obsessed with 'size'9 (a fact which eventually leads to the path of the man directly and indirectly responsible for the deaths of nine gay guys), and a supporting commedia dell'arte bunch of oddballs. The cast of highly original and hilarious characters includes a Lesbian pub owner Iron Lady (Karen Sharman), a cab driver Dick-Cheese Deepak (Abdala Keserwani), a dwarf (Raymond Griffith), and others. The photography is appropriately smarmy, the sets and production design are some of the best color manipulation you'll find anywhere, the musical score fits the plot, and the use of over titles at the right moments punctuates the comic book atmosphere of the piece. Excellent acting from everyone involved, a spiky and uproariously funny script and a general sense of great British satire make this film about what could be construed to be a shady topic simply an all out good time to watch. And there is even a touch of tenderness at the ending, which makes a major statement about corporal vs. spiritual love. Excellent!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally an Irish Comedy for the Rest Of Us! February 12, 2005
By Jim B.
Format:DVD
What a great movie! While the story is based in London, it is about 2 Irish guys abroad. How the Irish view colors their view and experiences. How well Irish-English describes bizarre situations. How others respond to the Irish.

Looking to get out of Ireland, seemingly the North, to make a buck, our fellows live off the city, and discover new ways to get by. What follows is a very light and funny story of how different ethnic groups clash in even little ways as they melt in the pot, and the inter-relatedness of it all.

I watch lots of 'gay' movies, and so many of them stink. This one sails, avoids political correctness, yet is never mean spirited. If you do not get Irish humor or social commentary, skip it. Otherwise, you will have a great time!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By gac1003
Format:DVD
Young Irishman Kenny decides to follow in the footsteps of his best mate Byron, who left to make his fortune in the big city -- London. He finds Byron shacked up in an abandoned building, but worse, he learns that his best mates been earning his money not in some blue-collar trade but as a hustler at the local gay bar. In spite of this, Kenny decides to stay on with his mate and soon finds himself drawn Byron's life, as his money quickly runs out.
But things take an unusual turn when words spreads that The Queen has been murdered. Stories abound about a hidden trove of cash tucked away in the gigantic bed she shared with her lover, Golders Green, an Orthodox Jew. Determined to find the money, they set off around London in search of Golders' house, leaving a trail of accidental deaths, a desparate dwarf, and Kenny discovering the truth about himself.
Writer/Director Ky Mo Lab's first film is irreverant, ballsy, campy and just plain fun. The dialogue is sharp and funny, and delivered incredibly well by all the actors. Glen Mulhern and Brendan Mackey are wonderful as the duo of Kenny and Byron. They come across as genuine friends, willing to help one another out in a pinch. The featured actors are equally fine, including Vas Blackwood, Steven Berkoff, Michael Praed, and Karen Sharman. But, Raymond Griffiths almost steals the entire movie as The Desparate Dwarf who only wants someone to have sex with him.
The movie doesn't take itself too seriously, which makes it even more enjoyable. A great film that will have you laughing out loud.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dark comedy that never really delivers the laughs June 23, 2004
Format:DVD
Nine Dead Gay Guys is an interesting little film. I don't know that I would qualify it as pure farce or pure dark comedy, but it quite well could be a mix of both. Unfortunately, it never rises above silliness in its attempt at humor, leaving the viewer wondering where the laughter is.
Straight Irish lad Kenny follows his also straight mate Byron to London upon Byron's assurance that he's gotten lucrative employment. Much to Kenny's chagrin, there is no job, Byron was lying. Byron lives as a squatter in an abandoned building drinking himself blind and earning money to pay for it by providing sexual services to the men at the local gay pub.
Shortly, Kenny gets sucked into the whole "gay for pay" scheme.
The plot revolves around Kenny and Byron trying to hunt down a supposed stash of cash in the bed of a gay man called "The Queen". However, as they move on their merry way to find the money they accidentally leave behind a trail of dead bodies.
All of this could have been much funnier if the script and direction had been tighter. The lead actors are up to the task and are quite likable and talented. However, the sum of the parts does not provide a really cohesive storyline.
It's really just a fair film that could have faired better, I think, with a stronger hand directing the action and a more competent hand at editing.
Pleasant, but not really worth bothering.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad disk
It skips and pauses the whole way through. BOOO
Published 2 months ago by Larry Roffers
1.0 out of 5 stars An Offensive Piece of Trash
Offensive doesn't even begin to describe this little piece of trash. While I have laughed at campy movies, this is not camp. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Wabojeg
3.0 out of 5 stars Sex for Pleasure?
Directed by Lab Ky Mo, 9 DEAD GAY GUYS provoked an extremely divided response when it played at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival--and it continues to do so to this day. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Gary F. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Shag in your DVD Player
A very enjoyable and very low-brow English movie. If only it came with an English translation then I could understand 100% of the dialog. Still, I loved it.
Published 16 months ago by Nuclear Me
5.0 out of 5 stars We enjoyed this movie.
Good movie to watch with all the various aspects of gay life and a plot which kept you guessing. Sort of "Clue" movie with various aspects of gay life.
Published 18 months ago by Desert Rat
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I havent seen it before i bought it, the price was right and fast shipping. I watched it and was happy that i bought it.
Published 19 months ago by Joseph D Bolden III
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
This is a badly written, uninteresting, insulting movie. I cannot remember why I bought it, but I am sorry I spent my money on this.
Published 21 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Tooooooo..... funny!
Yes, it's offensive,tasteless,shocking,sometimes down right dumb; but I can't stop watching it. Stereotypes? What stereotypes? More like archtypes. Read more
Published on July 17, 2012 by Jerry Dunham
1.0 out of 5 stars a complete waste of time and money
This is a horrible movie, a stupid excuse for a comedy. We have two guys from Ireland with thick accents who use a lot of slang. Read more
Published on December 21, 2010 by adorian
4.0 out of 5 stars It's called 'Dark Comedy' for a reason
Generally, it's a good idea to read the back cover of a movie to get a taste of what it is about. That's still especially true in this case, as it says right off the bat, that... Read more
Published on March 2, 2010 by S. K. Bartoo
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