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Product Description

Johnny (Vinnie Jones), trying to escape a violent past, hides out in the world's least-safe safe house, sandwiched between a crime den run by a Jamaican gangster (Eriq LaSalle) and a pirate radio station belonging to a Rasta DJ (Lennox Lewis). When Johnny's former comrade (Patrick Bergin) escapes from prison, Johnny faces being dragged back into violence and away from his new love (Samantha Mumba). Johnny's actions ignite a simmering war on two fronts with his drug-dealing neighbor and his former boss Jimmy (Roger Daltrey). Johnny faces questions of race, morality, loyalty, and ultimately survival--played out against a great reggae sound track from legendary DJ-producer Adrian Sherwood.

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"Ace reggae soundtrack assembled by supervisor Adrian Sherwood" -- Variety, Tue., Mar. 14, 2006

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Product Details

  • Actors: Eriq La Salle, Lennox Lewis, Vinnie Jones, Samantha Mumba
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • 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: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: September 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G1ALDO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,062 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Johnny Was" on IMDb

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Katz on September 1, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you like British Gangster movies, this one wont let you down. It's got a GREAT cast. Roger Daltrey from the Who even does a small part, as does Eriq La Salle from ER and Vinnie Jones from SNATCH and LOCK STOCK. Solid reggae throughout, lots of action seens, a few amazing car chases through europe a la Ronin... I'd rent it again on a rainy night.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By acallins53 on July 6, 2011
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I enjoyed this film a lot and would recommend it to anyone, the story was put together very well, and the characters are great. I am a big Vinnie Jones fan and this was by far one of his best performances. He and Samantha Mumba had great chemistry and worked very well off each other. I do have to admit Patrick Bergen was the scene stealer. I really enjoyed this movie. Great story, Great characters, and Great action you can't go wrong.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Nagpal on September 1, 2006
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But this one has a different spin to it. This film shows the seedy underbelly of London like most of those hi gloss ones don't. And while Layer Cake, Lock Stock, etc. are great this film has an authenticity and feel that the others cant match. I dont know how the director got such good chemistry from this diverse cast, but all I can say is.....hats off. This is an exciting but thought provoking action/crime flick I would recommend to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kanika Rahman on January 16, 2013
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Very entertaining Indie movie. If you like Reggae music, you will enjoy the sound track. The movie has the potential to be a cult favorite! KSR
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on November 21, 2008
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I just saw this movie the other day and really enjoyed it. Johnny Was is not great cinema, but it definitely entertains. I like Vinnie Jones in just about everything so it was an easy rental for me. Really though, Patrick Bergin is the film's highlight. His Flynn was the catalyst for most of the action and his one liners are a riot. I also appreciated the Jamaican Yardie angle and thought that Lennox Lewis put in an acceptable performance. Johnny Was was fun and the historical ties made it a little more interesting than it otherwise would have been.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracie Peaks-Sandy on May 22, 2013
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This is one of my favorite films. I need more foreign action films or IFC films. Thank you Amazon this is mine forever
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hong on October 4, 2006
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Simply Awesome! Vinnie Jones delivered his best performance as Johnny Doyle a man struggling to get away from his past. He is absolutely convincing as a troubled former bombmaker with a conscience. I'm really starting to become a fan of his work ever since I saw him in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Their was an interesting parallel that was drawn between the forces of Irish terrorists and that of the local neighborhood druglord, Julius. Lennox Lewis' role as Ras, a Rastafarian radio DJ adds depth to the story. He has a "zen" presence that complements Eriq La Salle's character who is simply after one thing: money. The dialog was brilliant; chock full of dozens of quotable lines. I highly recommend this to anybody that enjoyed Snatch or Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
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By Mark Stephanski on August 23, 2013
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Ok this is a British crime story. Bad guy Vinnie Jones is trying to go good but they just keep pulling him back in!! LOL Having said that I really enjoyed this film. I found it really entertaining but if you're looking for cinematic perfection I'd pass but if you enjoy a good British action violent crime movie.... check it out. The really odd thing here tho is the casting. At least a couple of them with Roger Daltry and especially Lennox Lewis. The latter playing a Jamaican (not really) drug dealer.....sort of street sensei that everyone seems afraid of but totally respects. Oh did I mention he also is a reggae radio host from his apartment? Ok it's a bit far fetched at times but I enjoyed it thoroughly .
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